Saints go top with dominant win over Giants

Saints scored nine tries in a dominant win over Huddersfield Giants which saw Kristian Woolf’s men go top of the Super League table for the first time under his reign.

Pre-match Woolf admitted young hooker Lewis Dodd missed out on his debut after being told to self-isolate, so Jack Welsby started in the halves with Matty Costello on the wing and Josh Simm making his first appearance of the season in the centre.

Saints got off to a great start with a try in the fourth minute through in-form full back Lachlan Coote. A driven kick took a fortunate deflection off James Graham, who was making his 200th Super League appearance, and fell into the path of Coote who touched down unchallenged under the sticks. He added his own conversion to gave Saints an early 6-0 lead.

Aaron Smith got his second in two weeks to double the Saints lead in the 13th minute, after a great offload by Alex Walmsley five metres from the line, after he was surrounded. Big Al’s quick offload found Smith who dived through two defenders to score beneath the sticks and Coote added the extras to give Saints a 12-0 lead.

Tom Hewitt thought he had got one back in the 19th minute, but winger Dominic Young knocked on from the looping kick after Matty Costello couldn’t collect and the video referee gave no try.

Regan Grace was gifted his fourth try of the season in the 24th minute. Jonny Lomax pressed Tom Holmes well and his offload went wayward and Grace reacted fastest and flew down the length of the pitch to score. Coote kicked again to give Saints a 18-0 lead after 25 minutes.

Coote made it 20-0 in the 30th minute with a penalty, after Owen Trout was penalised. Saints came close twice again, but went into half time with the 20 point lead.

Matty Costello pulled off a brilliant early second half challenge to deny Young from flying down the full length of the pitch, as the young winger grabbed on to the wingers shirt and held on long enough to prevent the break.

But Trout scored on his debut for Giants in the 46th minute after stealing the ball from Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook, before striding over the line from just over 20 metres out. Oliver Russel added the extras, leaving the score 20-6 after 47 minutes.

McCarthy-Scarsbrook made up for the error three minutes later, driving through two defenders and holding off the last man to go over after a quick offload from James Bentley. Coote added the conversion to regain Saints’ 20 point advantage.

Grace scored his second of the game in the 56th minute with a great darting run down the wing before cutting inside on the full back to score. This came on the back of a great cut-out pass across the defence by Lomax, and Coote maintained his 100% kicking record giving Saints a 32-6 lead.

Saints scored again three minutes later, some great interplay between Kyle Amor and Smith, who found Welsby who had time to choose his pass, and Costello darted in between two defenders to score. Coote made it seven kicks to give Saints a 38-6 lead.

Saints continued in relentless fashion, and the impressive Coote grabbed his second on the left hand side, dummying the pass out wide before forcing his way over. Coote missed his first kick in 28 attempts, leaving Saints with a 42-6 lead after 64 minutes.

Dom Peyroux got himself on the score sheet having returned from injury last week, driving through six defenders to score to the right of the sticks, leaving Coote with an easy conversion to give Saints a 48-6.

Walmsley took Saints over the 50 mark with his customary driven try in the 71st minute, powering past five defenders to score to the left of the posts. Coote added the extras, leaving the score 54-6 as Saints hit the top!

Match Summary

Huddersfield 13:ย Louis Senior, Jermaine McGillvary, Leroy Cudjoe, Jordan Turner, Dominic Young, Oliver Russel, Tom Holmes, James Gavet, Aidan O’Brien, Matty English, Tom Hewitt, Josef Wardle, Sam Wood.

Interchanges:ย Reiss Butterworth, Oliver Wilson, Owen Trout, Kenny Edwards.

Tries:ย Trout (46)

Goals:ย Russell

Saints 13: Lachlan Coote, Matty Costello, Kevin Naiqama, Josh Simms, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Jack Welsby, Alex Walmsley, Aaron Smith, Matty Lees, James Bentley, Morgan Knowles, James Graham.

Interchanges: Dominic Peyroux, Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Kyle Amor, Jack Ashworth.

Tries: Coote (4, 63), Smith (13), Grace (24, 56), McCarthy-Scarsbrook (49), Costello (59), Peyroux (68), Walmsley (71)

Goals: Coote (8)

Penalties:ย Coote (30)

Half time:ย 0-20

Full Time:ย 6-54

Referee:ย Liam Moore


Saints Line up

1 Lachlan Coote
21 Matthew Costello
3 Kevin Naiqama
21 Josh Simm
5 Regan Grace
6 Jonny Lomax
1 Jack Welsby
8 Alex Walmsley
19 Aaron Smith
10 Matty Lees
12 James Bentley
13 Morgan Knowles
32 James Graham
12 Dominique Peyroux
15 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
18 Kyle Amor
17 Jack Ashworth

Huddersfield Giants Line up

1Louis Senior
2Jermaine McGillvary
3Leroy Cudjoe
4Jordan Turner
5Dominic Young
6Oliver Russell
7Tom Holmes
8James Gavet
9Adam O'Brien
10Matty English
11Sam Hewitt
12Joe Wardle
13Sam Wood
14Reiss Butterworth
15Oliver Wilson
16Owen Trout
17Kenny Edwards

Last updated 4 Sep 20 19:57:08

FT: ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”” Giants 6-54 Saints ๐Ÿ”ตโšช

Saints on ๐Ÿ”ฅ in that second half as tries from LMS, a second from Grace, Costello, Coote again, Peyroux and Walmsley ๐Ÿ” an impressive showing! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Josh Simm thinks he has scored, but Knowles’ pass is deemed forward! Hard luck, Simmy!

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Lachlan Coote for Saints

Another conversion from Cooooote extends the lead as Matty Lees makes way for Jack Ashworth!

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Alex Walmsley for Saints

Big Al gets his customary try, powering his way over four Giants to score to the left of the sticks and the 50 points is up!

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Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooote back to kicking the two as we approach the final 10 minutes here at Emerald Headingley…

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Dominique Peyroux for Saints

Dom Peyroux with a brilliant score! Lomax cuts inside, finds Welsby who feeds Peyroux and he skips past four Giants defenders to score! Well in, Dom!

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”” Giants 6-46 Saints ๐Ÿ”ตโšช


Coote this time kicks wide. His first miss of the restart!

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Lachlan Coote for Saints

Lomax again the provider as he feeds that man Cooooote again who finds a gap to force his way over to the left of the sticks! Smith with a great break to set it all up!

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Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooote again kicks the extras. The man is on ๐Ÿ”ฅ with the boot! ๐Ÿฅพ

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”” Giants 6-38 Saints ๐Ÿ”ตโšช

Matthew Costello for Saints

Costello gets over! A great offload from Amor sets up the attack and Smith finds Welsby who flies through a gap. He finds Costello out wide and the stand-in winger goes over!

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”” Giants 6-36 Saints ๐Ÿ”ตโšช

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooote converts to maintain his ๐Ÿ’ฏ record as Smith returns from his concussion assessment!

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”” Giants 6-32 Saints ๐Ÿ”ตโšช

Regan Grace for Saints

Grace grabs his second down this left hand slide, latching on to Lomax’s cut-out ball and Regan cuts inside to score!

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Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooote adds the two to extend our lead once again!

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Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook for Saints

LMS gets on the score sheet latching on to a short ball and powering his way through! We have missed that celebration try!

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Morgan Knowles has dropped in at hooker with Smith off the field as Saints come forward again!

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Oliver Russell for Huddersfield Giants

Russell converts the two.

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Owen Trout for Huddersfield Giants

Owen Trout steals the ball one on one from LMS and touches down under the sticks. The video referee gives it.

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Aaron Smith is off for a concussion assessment as Dom Peyroux comes on for his first minutes of the game!

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”” Giants 0-20 Saints ๐Ÿ”ตโšช


Costello’s kick is played at by the Giants and we are awarded a fresh set of six before Costello and Welsby do brilliantly to bring Young down before he can race away at the other end!

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A good start again from the Saints as Coooote’s measured kick is inch perfect and the Giants will start their set deep in their own half…

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We are back underway! COYS! ๐Ÿ”ตโšช

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HT: ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”” Giants 0-20 Saints ๐Ÿ”ตโšช

A solid first half from the Saints. Tries from Coooote, Smith and Grace plus a penalty from our no.1 who has also kicked a penalty means we lead at the break!


We are nearly in again as Grace races down the left and kicks cross field. Lomax picks it up and feeds Naiqama with a cut-out pass, but he is taken down on the hooter!

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”” Giants 0-20 Saints ๐Ÿ”ตโšช


Bentley powers his way through the Giants line, but can’t find a supporting Saint and the Giants survive!

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”” Giants 0-20 Saints ๐Ÿ”ตโšช

๐Ÿ“ธ @regangrace5 races away for his try! ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฟโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐Ÿ’จ


Three changes for Saints as Ashworth, Amor and LMS are on for Lees, Graham and Walmsley!

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”” Giants 0-20 Saints ๐Ÿ”ตโšช

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Big Al this time wins a penalty in front of the sticks and Cooooote converts the two!

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”” Giants 0-20 Saints ๐Ÿ”ตโšช

๐Ÿ“ธ 200 Super League games for this man! ๐Ÿ™Œ


Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooote adds the extras to extend our lead!

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Regan Grace for Saints

A BIG hit from Lomax forces a Giants offload and Grace picks up the loose ball and races away in typical Regan fashion to score under the sticks! Get in!

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”” Giants 0-16 Saints ๐Ÿ”ตโšช


Big Al knocks on and the Giants will come forward. Time to defend, boys!

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”” Giants 0-12 Saints ๐Ÿ”ตโšช


Naiqama wins a ‘six again’ for the Saints and Simm does well to make some good yards before Lomax is held up in goal…

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”” Giants 0-12 Saints ๐Ÿ”ตโšช


A high kick from the Giants is challenged by the tall Giants winger, Young, and the smaller Saint, Costello. The video referee deems the winger knocked on. No try.

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We are close to extending our lead as Coooote sends Matty Costello away down the right, but the pass was deemed forward and the Giants survive…

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Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooote makes it 2 from 2!

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Aaron Smith for Saints

And we do make it count through Smith! Big Alex Walmsley does brilliantly to offload to the young hooker who dives under the sticks for his second try in as many weeks!

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”” Giants 0-10 Saints ๐Ÿ”ตโšช


The ball strikes Graham and falls to Welsby who races clear and is hawled down in the Giants half…a chance to double our lead here!

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”” Giants 0-6 Saints ๐Ÿ”ตโšช


A clever kick from Welsby, who is playing in the halves – a position he played in regularly as a junior – forces the Giants to kick out from under their own posts…

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”” Giants 0-6 Saints ๐Ÿ”ตโšช

๐Ÿ“ธ Coooooote goes in for the opening try of the game!


Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooote adds the two to his own try and we lead here early!

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”” Giants 0-6 Saints ๐Ÿ”ตโšช

Lachlan Coote for Saints

GET IN! Aaron Smith’s grubber kick rebounds off a Giants player and falls perfectly for Cooooote who picks it up and strolls under the posts for the opening score!

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”” Giants 0-4 Saints ๐Ÿ”ตโšช


Great defence from Jack Welsby who brings down Dom Young on the Giants right before Saints win a new set of six and come forward!

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”” Giants 0-0 Saints ๐Ÿ”ตโšช


A high kick from Lachlan Coote is caught by Louis Senior before Josh Simm clatters into him and concedes the penalty!

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”” Giants 0-0 Saints ๐Ÿ”ตโšช

Let’s GO! We are off and underway at Emerald Headingley!

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