Saints secure Quarter Final place after hard fought Giants win

Saints progressed to the quarter final of the Coral Challenge Cup after a hard-fought 22-16 victory over a dogged Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Saints went ahead after a Regan Grace try before Joe Wardle and Aaron Murphy gave the Giants the lead with tries either side of a Lachlan Coote penalty. Saints went into the break ahead though following a try from Theo Fages. Coote extended Saints lead early in the second half, before Giants hit back within minutes with Wardle’s second try leveling the game at 16-16. It was left to Kevin Naiqama to score the winning try late on which booked Saints a place in the Challenge Cup quarter final where we will face Wakefield Trinity at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

A fast paced start from Saints in this 6th round Challenge Cup tie saw Huddersfield on the back foot early on. Saints turned that pressure into points in the 12th minute after a cut out pass from Coote found Grace out wide and he touched down in the corner.

The Giants hit back within minutes mind after a penalty put the Giants in prime position, before Wardle burst through a gap to score under the posts. Lee Gaskell added the two giving Huddersfield a 6-4 lead with 20 minutes played.

Saints won successive penalties through Grace and Alex Walmsley and Coote took the two from in front of the posts to level the game at 6-6.

The hosts regained the lead after a flowing move on their right edge allowed Louis Senior to offload to Murphy to score. Gaskell was unable to add the extras, but the Giants led 10-6.

Saints thought they had scored late on in the first half, but Fages was tackled metres away from the line on the last. But the little Frenchman wasn’t to be denied moments later as he latched onto a beautiful grubber kick through from Grace to score. Coote kicked the conversion giving Saints a 12-10 lead at half time.

The second half started with the defences on top as both sides exchanged sets. It took until the 52nd minute for the opening try of the second half and it came for Saints after Tommy Makinson knocked down a Fages kick for Coote to slide over in the corner. Coote was unable to add the extras, but Saints led 10-16.

The game was brought back level minutes later after Huddersfield earned repeat sets and took full advantage when Wardle steeped back inside the covering Saints defenders to power his way over to defenders to score under the sticks leveling the game at 16-16 with 20 minutes remaining.

Saints were in again though on the very next set after a high kick from Fages was knocked backwards from Makinson. The ball struck Matty Lees on the knee and Naiqama was first to the loose ball to score giving Saints an 22-16 lead with 62 minutes played.

Coote had a chance to wrap the game up with a penalty kick 10 minutes from time, but his effort drifted wide before Saints had to stand firm in the final 10 minutes as Huddersfield through everything forward in the hope of a last gasp try.

But as it has so often this season, Saints’ defence stood up to the challenge, kept the Giants out and came away from the John Smith’s Stadium with a 22-16 victory, booking our place in the last eight of the Coral Challenge Cup.

Match Summary

Huddersfield Giants: McIntosh, Senior, Turner, Murphy, Senior, Gaskell, Frawley, English, O’Brien, Matagi, Wardle, Mellor, Clough.

Interchanges: Leeming, Roberts, Hewitt, Ta’ai.

Tries: Wardle (16,58), Murphy (30)

Goals: Gaskell 2 from 3

St Helens: Coote; Makinson, Naiqama, Costello, Grace; Lomax, Fages, Lees, Roby, Walmsley, Peyroux, Taia, Knowles.

Interchanges: Paulo, Amor, Ashworth, Smith.

Tries: Grace (12) Fages (35) Coote (52) Naiqama (61)

Goals: Coote 2 from 4

Penalties: Coote 1 from 2

Referee: Simon Mikalauskas

HT: 10-12

FT: 16-22

ATT: TBC

Huddersfield Giants Line up

1Darnell McIntosh
2 Louis Senior
3Jordan Turner
4Aaron Murphy
5Innes Senior
6Lee Gaskell
7Matt Frawley
8Matty English
9Adam O'Brien
10Suaia Matagi
11Joe Wardle
12Alex Mellor
13Paul Clough
14Kruise Leeming
15Oliver Roberts
16Sam Hewitt
17Ukuma Ta'ai

Last updated 24 Aug 19 17:00:25

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Tries from Grace, Fages, Coote and Naiqama secure the hard fought win for the Saints! We will face Wakefield in the quarter final of the Challenge Cup!

79'

The Giants throw the ball around looking for that final bit of space, but Saints hold firm and Knowles again leaps onto the ball. That should be that!

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79'

Knowles wins the ball back in the Giants half as we approach the final few minutes, but Paulo is held up on the last and the Giants have one more chance…

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75'

Naiqama with another crunching tackle on Turner this time, forces the knock on! Kev has had another fine game.

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📸 Kev Naiqama celebrates his try!

72'

Fages grubber is well collected by McIntosh and the Giants see out their set before Taia breaks free, but knocked on with the line at his mercy.

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70'

Coote’s kick drifts wide, but Matty Costello traps Murphy in goal and we have another set of six here!

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68'

Saints win a penalty after Makinson is taken out in the air and Coote will take a tricky two from the right of the sticks. This is not easy…

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📸 Coote sliding over to the delight of the Saints fans…

62'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooote kicks the two from the right hand side. Get in!

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61'
Try
Kevin Naiqama for Saints

The video referee says TRY TIME! Fages’ high kick is knocked back by Makinson, the ball strikes Matty Lees on the knee and Naiqama is there to touch down!!!

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59'
Goal
Lee Gaskell for Huddersfield Giants

Gaskell kicks the two and we are all square.

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58'
Try
Joe Wardle for Huddersfield Giants

The Giants respond through Wardle. Taia puts in a try saving tackle, but from the resulting play Wardle grabs his second of the game powering through two Saints defenders.

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55'

From the resulting kick off Makinson powers his way through the Giants line and the Giants are saved by McIntosh. The play results in Coote going for a drop goal, but he miss-kicks.

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53'

Coote’s touchline kick falls narrowly short.

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52'
Try
Lachlan Coote for Saints

YESSSSS! And there is that bit of Challenge Cup magic from Coooooooooote who pounces on Makinson’s knock down to crash over in the corner!!

🗣️ “He’s the reason” sing the Saints fans 🎵

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49'

And Makinson so nearly scores a worldy in the corner, but Naiqama’s offload from the floor is deemed forward by the touch judge. That would have been some try!

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48'

Tommy Mak forces the turnover after a great defensive set from Saints, before Makinson then wins a penalty!

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46'

Giants win a penalty now and kick to touch. Time to defend, boys!

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45'

Taia loses the ball on the last and the Giants survive. We are just missing a bit of Challenge Cup magic in the final third! COYS!

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42'

Naiqama wins an early penalty for Saints and Coote kicks for touch. A chance here!

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41'

Coote kicks us back off in this second period. COYS! 🔴⚪

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We lead at the break after tries from Grace and Fages with Coote also kicking a penalty. Wardle and Murphy for the hosts.

39'

Fages looks to pass the ball out wide to Makinson on the last, but the ball is knocked on and the Giants survive as we head into half-time here at the John Smith’s Stadium.

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36'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooooote does the rest as the Saints fans find their voice!

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35'
Try
Theo Fages for Saints

But he isn’t to be denied this time as the little Frenchman latches onto a beautiful grubber kick from the left flank from Grace to touch down. Game on!

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34'

Fages goes for the line, but is tackled on the last and it’s the turnover. Come on boys!

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31'

Gaskell misses the touchline kick.

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30'
Try
Aaron Murphy for Huddersfield Giants

Aaron Murphy powers over in the corner following a Louis Senior offload and the Giants lead.

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📸 Big @engywalmsley powering forward!

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27'

But Makinson is unable to pick up the pass out wide and the ball finds touch.

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25'

McIntosh knocks on Coote’s high bomb and Saints have a chance to take the lead with a set of six in the Giants half.

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24'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooooote kicks it and we are all square!

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23'

Saints win successive penalties through Grace and Big Al and Coooooote will take the two from in front of the posts to level this one up.

GIANTS 6-4 SAINTS 🔴⚪

📸 The moment Regan Grace opened the scoring here at the John Smith’s Stadium.

17'
Goal
Lee Gaskell for Huddersfield Giants

Gaskell kicks the extras.

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16'
Try
Joe Wardle for Huddersfield Giants

Big Al is penalised in the tackle and from the second play the ball Joe Wardle scores under the posts.

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13'

Coote narrowly misses the touchline kick, but we lead early here!

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12'
Try
Regan Grace for Saints

Regan Grace is in at the corner after a cut-out pass from Cooooote after a repeat set in front of the Giants line! Get in! Touchline kick to come…

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10'

Cooooooote’s grubber kick on the last is caught well by Louis Senior and the Giants survive.

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9'

Jonny Lomax is down after being caught late by big Suaia Matagi and Saints have a penalty following the late tackle.

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6'

Giants have the scrum on half-way, but Darnell McIntosh throws his pass into touch and now Saints have the scrum in our own half. Come on boys!

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2'

Kev Naiqama makes a break down the right flank, but Dom Peyroux is deemed to be in touch when playing the ball as the Giants survive an early Saints attack.

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KICK OFF: We are off and under way here at the John Smith’s Stadium as the road to Wembley begins! COYS!

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