Saints v Huddersfield Giants
Jonny Lomax grabbed a hat-trick as Saints brushed past Huddersfield on Friday night.
Ben Barba, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Ryan Morgan also added braces in a stunning 66-4 performance.
Saints were white-hot throughout as they ran in 12 tries to bounceback from Sunday’s loss at Wakefield.
The first came as a wonderful offload from Morgan Knowles set debutant Matty Costello on his way to feed Lomax for his fifth of the season.
Danny Richardson converted and then hammered another off the touchline after Barba scored a worldie.
Taking the ball from inside his own half, the full back produced a mazy slalom run to go through the middle of the Giants and outpace the cover to score in the corner.
Saints were rampant and on the half hour mark, Lomax grabbed his second following a 30 metre barnstorming run from Luke Douglas.
Moments later and another try – this time courtesy of a flat pass from Jon Wilkin.
Captain for the night, his ball split the defence and sent LMS over to the left of the posts.
If that pass was special then the one that followed next to give Barba his second was even better.
On the last, Theo Fages went to the line, fired it left to Lomax who then instinctively sent it back inside for Ben’s second.
Geometry on a rugby field…
And just before half time LMS joined Lomax and Barba on doubles as he charged on to a sweet Fages’ pass.
Saints went in 34-0 up at half time – and within seven minutes of the second, Richardson and Barba had combined to put Ryan Morgan over.
And they repeated the feat on 53 minutes to give Morgan his second.
Jordan Turner scored against his old club on the hour mark to at least give the Giants’ fans something to cheer – although it did look like he dropped it over the line – but normal service was resumed shortly afterwards as Danny Richardson sidestepped his way to the line.
Saints weren’t done either as firstly Barba slipped the defence to send Lomax in for his hat-trick, then Matty Costello found Regan Grace in acres of space for his third of the year.
The final act of a scintillating show was left to Kyle Amor.
Matty Smith darted out of dummy half and his pass, although slightly behind the prop, was hauled in and he blasted over.
It was a stadium record score for Saints – and now all eyes are on the trip to Salford next Thursday.
Tries: Lomax (3), Barba (2), LMS (2), Morgan (2), Richardson, Grace, Amor
Goals: Richardson (9 from 12)
Goals: Rankin (0 from 1)
REF: Scott Mikalauskas
23. Ben Barba; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 30. Matty Costello, 19. Regan Grace; 1. Jonny Lomax, 18. Danny Richardson; 10. Kyle Amor, 7. Matty Smith, 16. Luke Thompson, 15. Morgan Knowles, 17. Dom Peyroux, 12. Jon Wilkin.
Subs: 6. Theo Fages, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 20. Matty Lees.
28. Jared Simpson; 23. Darnell McIntosh, 4. Jordan Turner, 5. Aaron Murphy, 33. Innes Senior; 26. Sam Wood, 15. Jordan Rankin; 25. Corlton Roche, 9. Kruise Leeming, 18. Paul Clough, 16. Oliver Roberts, 17. Ukuma Ta’ai, 19. Daniel Smith.
Subs: 13. Ryan Hinchcliffe, 20. Adam Walne, 21. Adam O’Brien, 22. Alex Mellor.
Holbrook Happy With Response
LIVE: Saints v Huddersfield
Match Stat Pack
Holbrook: Giants Difficult To Predict
Duo Called Into Saints Squad
Makinson: We Have To Respond
Percival To Miss Giants Match
Saints Line up
Huddersfield Giants Line up
Last updated 15 Mar 20 17:20:45
Danny for 66-4
Smith pass – little behind Amor but he grabs it and ploughs over
Richardson with his 8th of the night takes it out to 60-4
Lomax sets Grace away down the left hand side, he comes back inside, steps and goes over. Class from the kid!
Richardson for 54-4
Benny shows and goes and slots in Lomax for his hat-trick.
Richardson makes it 48-4
Lovely sidestep from Richardson sees him round the full back for 46-4
Rankin misses the conversion, Saints lead 42-4
Turner finishes off a nice move for the Giants – fans not happy as it looks like he dropped the ball over the line.
Couple of chances for Huddersfield but they cough the ball up twice.
And repeat! Richardson combines with Barba and Morgan is in again!
Richardson and Barba combine to put Morgan over
Dougie rips the ball one on one and now Saints are on the Giants line.
Saints repel the danger and are now back up the other end of the field
Penalty for the Giants under the posts.
Huddersfield will get the second half underway – Saints lead 34-0
No one stops that! Fages pass to a rampaging LMS and it’s 32-0
Danny makes it 28-0 to Saints.
Barba with his second. On the last Fages goes left to Lomax who flicks it back inside to the full back.
Richardson makes it 22-0
Great ball from Wilkin splits the D in two and LMS is in
Richardson wide with the extras – Saints lead 16-0
Lovely move from Saints sees Lomax over for his second. Douglas setting it up with a 30m barnstormer!
Hanging kick from Richardson – Giants up to it. Remains 12-0
Costello nips down the left hand side but his pass to Grace sees the winger bundled into touch. Saints lead 12-0
Saints knocking on the door again…
Off the touchline from Danny for 12-0
Ben Barba with an absolute slalom run to the line from Saints’ half. Class!
Richardson makes it 6-0
Knowles offloads to Costello, he steps inside and feeds Lomax for Saints first
Penalty to Huddersfield
Richardson ducks and goes on the last but he’d held up just short.
Saints penalty – we will attack on the 40.
Easy take for Ben Barba from a high ball – he offloads to Makinson and Saints come away from their line.
Saints get this one underway…