Saints 14 Leeds 10

Ryan Hall holds off Sia Soliola and Tommy Makinson
Ryan Hall holds off Sia Soliola and Tommy Makinson

TOMMY Makinson touched down in the last minute of the game to earn depleted Saints a superb victory over Leeds Rhinos.

Man of the match Makinson seemed to take an age to gather the bobbling ball before grounding in the corner to win a scintillating match.

It was the winger’s second try, his first equally good after a superb break by Paul Wellens.

Missing nine first team regulars through injury and suspension Saints were given little hope against the Rhinos but put in a gusty, disciplined display leaving the Rhinos to struggle to break their line.

It was the Rhinos who opened the scoring though on 18 minutes when Danny Maguire crossed the whitewash and Kevin Sinfield kicked the conversion.

Just minutes later though a quick pass two yards out by James Roby sent young Anthony Walker over and Makinson levelled the scores.

In a breathtaking war of attrition Leeds took the lead when Sinfield hit a penalty between the sticks but Saints wrestled it back through Makinson on 65 minutes after Wellens’ superb break.

Then with everything to play for and tough tackles flyng in all over the pitch Makinson collected a Jonny Lomax kick over the top into the corner just before the ball bobbled into touch.

He missed the conversion but it was enough for Saints to win the two points and stay top of Super League.

And what a fantastic spectacle it was.