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Saints made it six wins from six after a classy second half display resulted in 28 unanswered points and a 40-12 victory over Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith’s Stadium on Thursday evening.

Luke Thompson set us on our way early on before Jermaine McGillvary responded for the hosts. Morgan Knowles put us back in front, but former Saint Jordan Turner squared up the game. Mark Percival restored Saints lead minutes before the interval before the Red Vee, playing in blue, took control in the second half.

Tries from Regan Grace and a second from Percival, was added to by a try from the excellent Dom Peyroux, before Jonny Lomax wrapped it up late on as Justin Holbrook’s men extended our one hundred percent start to the season.

Saints started the game on the front foot, after back to back penalties on Huddersfield’s line it was a short ball from Roby who fed Thompson which gave Saints an early 6-0 lead and Coote added the extras.

Huddersfield hit back through McGillvary after a flowing move on their right edge. Another former Saint Gaskell added the extras to level up the game.

Saints continued to pressure the Huddersfield line, but it was the final pass that eluded them until Roby found Knowles in the 22nd minute for him to score under the sticks giving Saints a 12-6 lead.

A determined Huddersfield side again pegged back Saints through Turner’s close range effort. Gaskell converted off the touch line to tie the game at 12-12 with 10 minutes left in the first half.

In the final minute of the first half an excellent move on Saints left edge lead to Lomax kicking through and Percival pounced to give Saints an 16-12 half time lead.

The second half started like the first, a tight affair. That was until Roby won a penalty under the sticks after the Giants tackler was penalised in the ruck. Coote added the two points and that was to be the start of a further 24 unanswered points.

From the resulting kick off, Coote decided to kick early and the ball stayed in touch by a whisker. The Saints forwards then trapped the Giants defence in goal before the ball was fumbled and Percival made no mistake to touch down, via help from the video ref. Coote added the extras.

Grace, fresh from signing his new Saints deal put the Red Vee further ahead with a brilliant score in the corner. The impressive Coote with a cut-out pass for the flying winger to go over.

Peyroux who was equally impressive then got his name on the score sheet. A high boot from Theo Fages found Tommy Makinson out wide and he palmed the ball back for Dom to power over for the try of the game. Coote again doing the rest.

Lomax then put the icing on the cake late on as the ball was played from left to right before the stand-off threw the dummy and scored to the left of the sticks. Coote added the two and Saints had hit the 40 point mark and kept the Giants to nil.

It’s the Tigers up next at the Jungle!

Match Summary:

Giants: McIntosh, McGillvary, Turner, I Senior, Uate, Gaskell, Frawley, Ikahihifo, Leeming, Ta’ai, Joe Wardle, Mellor, Lawrence

Interchanges: Matagi, Roberts, Ta’ai, Hewitt, English

Tries: McGillvary 13’, Turner 26’.

Goals: Gaskell 2 from 2.

Saints: Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Luke Thompson, Zeb Taia, Dom Peyroux, Morgan Knowles.

Tries: Thompson 6’, Knowles 31’, Percival 39′, 54′,  Grace 64’, Peyroux 70′, Lomax 74′.

Goals: Coote (6 from 8).

Interchanges: Joseph Paulo, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Matty Lees, Jack Ashworth.

HT: 12-16
FT: 12-40

ATT: 4495

Huddersfield Giants Line up

1Darnell McIntosh
2Jermaine McGillvary
3Jordan Turner
4Innes Senior
5Akuila Uate
6 Lee Gaskell
7Matt Frawley
8Sebastine Ikahihifo
9Kruise Leeming
10Ukuma Ta'ai
11Joe Wardle
12Alex Mellor
13Michael Lawrence
14Suaia Matagi
15Oliver Roberts
16Sam Hewitt
17Matty English

Last updated 12 Oct 19 19:51:29

FT

FULL TIME: GIANTS 12-40 SAINTS ?⚪

It’s all over here at the John Smith’s. Thompson, Knowles and Percival set us on our way before the break. Grace, a second from Percival and Lomax added tries in the second half. A great win for the Saints!

79'

Turner thinks he has grabbed his second and a consolation for the Giants, but his foot was deemed in touch and that should be that now…

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78'

Heading into the final few minutes here and the game is as good as over. Can we keep the Giants scoreless in this second half?

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75'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coote adds the extras and the 40 points are up for Saints!

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74'
Try
Jonny Lomax for Saints

We are in again through Lomax as the ball is played from left to right before our stand off throws the dummy and goes on his to touch down!

GIANTS 12-38 SAINTS ?⚪

73'

Another great kick from Coote as Saints keep the pressure on and force a goal-line drop out.

GIANTS 12-34 SAINTS ?⚪

72'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coote gives the travelling Saints fans more reason to cheer his name as he kicks from the touchline.

GIANTS 12-34 SAINTS ?⚪

70'
Try
Dominique Peyroux for Saints

WHAT A TRY! A high kick from Theo finds Tommy Mak out wide and he palms the ball back for the arriving Peyroux who powers over!

GIANTS 12-32 SAINTS ?⚪

67'

The Giants think they have scored in the far corner, but referee Scott Mikalauskas has whistled for a forward pass as Knowles comes on for Roby who takes a breather.

Both sides trade penalties and it’s the Giants who have the ball in the Saints half with less than 15 minutes to go…

GIANTS 12-28 SAINTS ?⚪

65'

Coote misses the touchline conversion, but we have a healthy lead now as the Giants kick out on the full!

GIANTS 12-28 SAINTS ?⚪

64'
Try
Regan Grace for Saints

And there it is! Coote with a cut-out pass out wide to Grace who celebrates his new contract with a score in the corner. Get in!

63'

And we have a chance here after Akuila Uate drops the high kick and now Saints have a chance to virtually wrap it up…

GIANTS 12-24 SAINTS ?⚪

62'

Saints win the ball back after a stray pass from Frawley. Another try for the Red Vee, playing in our away kit today, should win it…

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61'

Percival is involved again, but this time it’s a loose carry and the Giants have a penalty on half way. Keep it tight, boys!

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57'

Fages knocks on from the Giants kick off and the hosts have a chance to respond, but Peyroux forces the turn over. Our defence has been the stand-out this year so far!

GIANTS 12-24 SAINTS ?⚪

55'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coote adds the extras!

GIANTS 12-24 SAINTS ?⚪

54'
Try
Mark Percival for Saints

WOW! From the kick off, Coote decides to kick down field early in the set and the ball some how stayed in the field of play – by an inch! The Saints forwards then trapped the Giants player in goal before he went on to fumble the ball and Percy makes no mistake touching down. GET IN!

53'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

The Saints crowd tell me that ‘Cooooooote’ has made no mistake and we extend our lead!

GIANTS 12-18 SAINTS ?⚪

53'

Saints win another penalty right under the sticks as the tackler failed to roll away. Coote will take the two here…

GIANTS 12-16 SAINTS ?⚪

51'

In fairness the Giants defend well and the home side go on to complete their set before Percival wins a penalty following a ball steal. It’s end to end!

GIANTS 12-16 SAINTS ?⚪

49'

Both sides exchange sets and Saints have it 20 metres out….

GIANTS 12-16 SAINTS ?⚪

46'

CLOSE! Peyroux tried to offload 5 metres out, but he couldn’t offload in time. The resulting play found Kevin Naquima, but he was held up.

GIANTS 12-16 SAINTS ?⚪

44'

Fages wins a penalty after the Giants player messed around in the ruck. Can we score early here?

GIANTS 12-16 SAINTS ?⚪

43'

Great defence from the Saints results in Matt Frawley dropping the ball and Saints have the ball here on half way.

GIANTS 12-16 SAINTS ?⚪

41'
Kick Off

We are back under way here at the John Smith’s. Come on you Saints!

GIANTS 12-16 SAINTS ?⚪

HT: GIANTS 12-16 SAINTS ?⚪

Tries from Thompson, Knowles and Percival are enough for us to lead at the break despite McGillvary and Turner scoring for the Giants. We have a second half on our hands. COYS!

39'

Coote narrowly misses the kick from the left corner.

GIANTS 12-16 SAINTS ?⚪

39'
Try
Mark Percival for Saints

From defending at one end, to scoring at the other. Percy latches onto Lomax’s short kick through and the referee awards the try following a little help from the video ref. Get in!!

GIANTS 12-16 SAINTS ?⚪

37'

Great defence from Saints who force the Giants to knock on right on the line. A real try saver there from Percival it looks like!

GIANTS 12-12 SAINTS ?⚪

36'

Both sides exchange sets before Theo Fages is dragged into touch and the Giants have a chance to head into half-time ahead.

GIANTS 12-12 SAINTS ?⚪

34'

The John Smith’s Stadium is having a bit of a problem with the clock. We have just less than 6 minutes to go! Come on Saints!

GIANTS 12-12 SAINTS ?⚪

31'

DOUBLE CHANGE FOR SAINTS: LMS and Matty Lees are on for Big Al and Luke Thompson.

GIANTS 12-12 SAINTS ?⚪

30'
Goal
Lee Gaskell for Huddersfield Giants

Another former Saint, Gaskell kicks the extras from the touchline. Game on.

GIANTS 12-12 SAINTS ?⚪

29'
Try
Jordan Turner for Huddersfield Giants

And they do respond through the ex Saint Turner in the right corner. We have a game on our hands here!

27'

Giants have the ball back and have a chance to respond straight away as Big Al loses the ball in a tackle…

GIANTS 6-12 SAINTS ?⚪

31'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooooote does the rest from under the sticks.

GIANTS 6-12 SAINTS ?⚪

31'
Try
Morgan Knowles for Saints

YES! We make the next set count as Roby passes inside to Knowles who powers over under the sticks. Get in!

GIANTS 6-10 SAINTS ?⚪

29'

CHANCE! Roby throws the dummy and finds the gap and tries to offload to Walmsley, but the Giants defender gets his hand to the ball and knocks on. We go again!

GIANTS 6-6 SAINTS ?⚪

27'

And we do! Great defence by Saints who hold up Alex Mellor on the line and Kruise Leeming’s kick runs dead.

GIANTS 6-6 SAINTS ?⚪

25'

Roby knocks on and the Giants have the ball back on the Saints 40 metre line. We need to stand firm here!

GIANTS 6-6 SAINTS ?⚪

22'

The Giants complete their set and Saints are now on the attack, but Lomax knock on inside the home side’s half. It’s an even game at present. COYS!

GIANTS 6-6 SAINTS ?⚪

20'

Makinson so nearly breaks through the Giants line, but the Huddersfield full back Darnell McIntosh holds on and the set comes to a completion.

GIANTS 6-6 SAINTS ?⚪

17'
Goal
Lee Gaskell for Huddersfield Giants

It’s all square here at the John Smith’s Stadium after Gaskell converts from the touchline.

GIANTS 6-6 SAINTS ?⚪

17'
Try
Jermaine McGillvary for Huddersfield Giants

From the resulting penalty, the Giants score in the corner through McGillvary.

15'

The Giants awarded a succession of penalties after a ball steal from Mark Percival followed by holding on. Can we keep Huddersfield at bay?

GIANTS 0-6 SAINTS ?⚪

13'

Saints attack through Jonny Lomax and the play resulted in Coote’s cute kick through which the Giants defend well.

GIANTS 0-6 SAINTS ?⚪

10'

The Giants respond down the Saints right, but Tommy Makinson kicks the ball dead.

GIANTS 0-6 SAINTS ?⚪

8'

CHANCE! A lovely step from Coote sets up the space for Regan Grace who beats a few Giants defenders, but drops the ball when clean through.

?⚪ GIANTS 0-6 SAINTS

6'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooooote adds the extras. The perfect start!

?⚪ GIANTS 0-6 SAINTS

6'
Try
Luke Thompson for Saints

YES WE CAN! A short pass from James Roby, finds Thompson and he crashes over to the left of the sticks. Get in!

?⚪ GIANTS 0-4 SAINTS

5'

Penalty to Saints after an interference at the play the ball. Can we make this count?

?⚪ GIANTS 0-0 SAINTS

3'

CLOSE! Mark Percival thought he had scored inside the first three minutes, but the ball was pulled out by Ukuma Ta’ai under the sticks and Saints have the ball back after a goal-line drop out.

?⚪ GIANTS 0-0 SAINTS

1'

Kick Off!

We are underway here at the John Smith’s Stadium. Come on you Saints!

GIANTS 0-0 SAINTS ?⚪

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