Saints returned to winning ways after an impressive first half performance led to a seven try 38-2 win over the Huddersfield Giants at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday evening.
Two early tries from Lachlan Coote and then Jonny Lomax’s 100th Saints try put us in control before a further three tries from Theo Fages and a Tommy Makinson double capped off a dominant first half display.
Makinson secured his hat-trick in the second half and Lomax added a second try as Saints bounced back to winning ways with a 38-2 victory with Coote picking up four assists on a day when Sean Long waved goodbye.
The visitors started the game on the front foot and were ahead in the 4th minute after an Oliver Russell penalty after Saints were penalised for holding down in the tackle.
Saints hit back in typical Saints fashion as Alex Walmsley crashed through the defensive line and then offloaded to Fages who fed Coote to score. Coote added the extras giving Saints a 6-2 lead.
Saints were in again on the next set as the ball was switched from right to left and a neat kick through from Mark Percival found Lomax who touched down for his 100th Saints try. Coote extending Saints lead to 12-2.
Saints were in full flight and the third try came quickly after as a sweeping move out to the left hand side finished with Coote providing the cut out pass to Makinson who finished in the corner. Coote unable to add the extras off the touchline leaving the score at 16-2.
Saints fourth try came from Fages as Coote caught the Giants defence off guard and provided a lovely offload to Fages to score.
The fifth try followed on the very next set as Fages found Coote and yet again the impressive full back provided the inch perfect cut-out pass to Makinson who walked in at the corner. Coote then converted brilliantly from the touchline to give Saints a 26-2 lead heading into the half time.
Saints started the second half as they ended the first. Makinson over in the corner for his hat-trick after taking another superb pass from Coote.
Saints were in again minutes later after a short ball from Fages found Lomax who raced in to double his tally with Coote adding the two as we bounced back to winning ways with a seven try haul.
Starting 13: Coote, Swift, Naiqama, Makinson, Percival, Lomax, Fages, Walmsley, Smith, Thompson, Taia, Knowles, Paulo.
Interchanges: Amor, LMS, Bentley, Ashworth.
Tries: Coote (11), Lomax (14,55),Makinson (18,32,52) Fages (27)
Goals: Coote (5 from 7)
Starting 13: Mcintosh, Young, Turner, Wardle, Senior, Gaskell, Russell, Matagi, O’Brien, English, Hewitt, Melor, Murphy
Interchanges: Frawley, Lawrence, Ta’ai, Clough
Penalty: Russell (1 from 1)