Saints Rise Into Playoff Spot

Saints moved up to fourth with a 40-16 win over Huddersfield Giants.

Jonny Lomax grabbed a brace in the victory that also saw Mark Percival notch 16 points.

But it was Ben Barba that stole the show – having a hand in most of Saints tries and securing a well deserved Man of the Match award.

Huddersfield didn’t come to make up the numbers though and fought back in the second half.

Before then, Lomax got Saints on the board after just four minutes as he latched on to a nice Danny Richardson grubber.

Six minutes later a lovely break from Barba saw him draw his opposite number and put Regan Grace over.

Saints continued to press and should have had another 22 minutes in – but Zeb Taia’s effort was chalked off for a forward pass that no one else saw in the build up.

Ryan Morgan went close on a cross field kick but on the half hour mark Oliver Roberts pulled one back for the visitors from close range.

Danny Brough’s conversion taking the Giants to within six points.

The advantage was restored pretty quickly with a touch of class from Regan Grace.

The winger made a wonder break from well inside his own half before being stopped by a desperate Darnell McIntosh tackle.

But a quick play the ball saw it go through hands for the Lomax to go over untouched.

Saints then crossed again; great handling seeing a massive gap open up for Percival.

And it could have been more a just before at half time Barba’s deft kick almost unlocked the defence after a superb Dom Peyroux break.

Saints were well on top and didn’t hang around in the second half to increase their lead.

After a solid opening from the Giants, Brough gave away two penalties in quick succession and the ball was sent left for Barba to show a clean pair of heels from distance.

Next up Jon Wilkin put Peyroux through and he produced a juggle and wonder offload for Ryan Morgan to score in the corner.

Huddersfield battled and scored twice through Ryan Hinchcliffe and Jordan Rankin but Saints had the last laugh as Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook darted over from a short pass at the death.

Holbrook Happy With Combinations In Win

Justin Holbrook was pleased with the win over Huddersfield on Friday night – especially the performance in the first 55 to 60 minutes.

“I thought that spell was really good,” he said. “We have been working hard – we’ve had some positional changes recently and it was good to finally see those come to fruition.

“I’ve been saying for a while, it would take Ben (Barba) four games to reach fitness and he showed some really good signs. He got tired towards the end but showed what he is capable of. We needed it too and I am happy for him.

“I thought Jonny Lomax went well too. I am a big fan of Theo’s – he hasn’t done anything wrong and we all know that. I can see a lot in Jonny though and he deserved to play there. He played well for us.

“We had some good combinations and played some good rugby league out there – especially in that first spell.”

Saints head to Salford in another must win game next Thursday – whilst keeping one eye on the rest of the Super 8 features.

Justin continued: “It is very tight in the Super 8s but we have to crack on.

“There have been a few dead rubbers in the Super 8s over the years; but this season every game has been really good and tight.

“If it happens like that every year you’d keep it wouldn’t you? It’s been great format this year.”

 

Match Summary

Saints:
Tries: Lomax (2), Grace, Percival, Barba, Morgan, McCarthy-Scarsbrook
Goals: Percival (6 from 7)

Giants:
Tries: Roberts, Hinhcliffe, Rankin
Goals: Brough (2 from 3)

Penalties Awarded:
Saints: 8
Giants: 7

HT: 24-6
FT: 40-16

REF: G Hewer

ATT: 9419

Teams:

Saints:
37. Ben Barba; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 28. Regan Grace; 1. Jonny Lomax, 24. Danny Richardson; 14. Luke Douglas, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 36. Zeb Taia, 20. Morgan Knowles, 12. Jon Wilkin.
Subs: 6. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Dominique Peyroux.

Giants:
35. Jordan Rankin; 2. Jermaine McGillvary, 30. Alex Mellor, 34. Jordan Turner, 24. Darnell McIntosh; 4. Lee Gaskell, 6. Danny Brough; 8. Sam Rapira, 31. Adam OíBrien, 17. Ukuma Taíai, 16. Oliver Roberts, 13. Michael Lawrence, 9. Ryan Hinchcliffe.
Subs: 14. Kruise Leeming, 18. Paul Clough, 20. Daniel Smith, 22. Tyler Dickinson.

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