'I think we can be better': Coach Lois Forsell sets Leeds Rhinos Women a challenge after epic win over St Helens

'Proud' coach Lois Forsell believes there is more to come from Leeds Rhinos following their epic Betfred Women’s Super League win at arch-rivals St Helens.

By Peter Smith
Sunday, 26th June 2022, 11:29 am

Rhinos avenged their 2021 Grand Final defeat and last month’s loss in the Challenge Cup showpiece, thanks to Courtney Winfield-Hill’s conversion of a last-gasp try by Fran Goldthorp, her second touchdown of the game.

Rhinos had trailed 14-0 after 21 minutes in the Sky-televised clash and it was arguably their best win in a regular-season fixture.

“It’s the one that means the most,” Forsell, who took charge in 2020, said.

Fran Goldthorp's late try helped Rhinos to a memorable win at Saints. Picture by Ed Sykes/SWpix.com.

“I am really proud of the girls.

“We’ve had a bit of adversity the past few weeks, we’ve gone into two games now and not had the 17 players we’d put down on the teamsheet.

“Shannon Lacey dropped out and Adaoha [Akwiwu] came in and was absolutely fantastic off the bench in her first game back from an acl [anterior cruciate ligament] injury.

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“The girls put everything out there for the club and their teammates and for them to get the win is special.”

Saints were well on top in the early stages and Forsell reflected: “I said to them at half-time they’d done so well to go in with the score we did [14-10] and not to implode and panic.”

But she insisted: “I don’t think we were just two points better than them.

“I think we can be better, we’ve got to be smarter, but if you’ve got that team energy and desire to stick together, you can’t go far wrong.”

Georgia Roche, a pre-season signing from Castleford Tigers, had an outstanding game alongside her England half-back partner - and fellow former Woman of Steel - Winfield-Hill.

Forsell said: “Georgia is a game-changer, we are so proud to have her at Leeds.

“She is a real talent, but she is only just starting, she has got so much to improve on.”

Of Goldthorp’s decisive touchdown, Forsell added: “It shows what a special player she is, it will mean a lot to her and to the girls.”