Saints continued their good start to the Betfred Super League season with a hard fought 26-12 win over Huddersfield.
Two second half tries sealed an important victory at a ground that hasn’t been a happy hunting ground of late.
Danny Richardson kicked five from five whilst Mark Percival crossed for his fourth of the season.
But this was a performance once again based on tenacious and scrambling defence.
After a timid opening Saints scored first thanks to the awareness of Jon Wilkin.
Luke Thompson produced a strong run and on the next play Kyle Amor offloaded with the second rower right on his shoulder.
Converted by Richardson.
The visitors then defended five sets in a row on their own line before Danny Brough took advantage of a Saints penalty to dummy his way past the defence.
He goaded too and then the Giants enjoyed a period of sustained pressure.
Jake Mamo almost got his hands to Jordan Rankin’s high bomb but Richardson steadied the ship with a penalty in the 28th minute.
Alex Walmsley was held up seven minutes later and then Danny Brough tagged on a penalty after a scrappy period of play to make it all square.
But from the restart the Giants knocked on and right on the stroke of half time James Roby burrowed over.
Richardson handing Saints the 14-8 half time nod.
Saints increased their lead early in the second through Zeb Taia.
On the last, Lomax moved across the defence and with would-be tacklers expecting a kick, caught him on running a fine line for his third of the year.
And it got better as on the very next set Percival out jumped Mamo to collect a Lomax’ high ball.
Oliver Roberts replied almost immediately to give the Giants a sniff but Saints had done the damage.
Ben Barba and Adam Swift produced characteristic runs to release the pressure before strong defence ensured there would be no comeback.
Holbrook Pleased As Saints Win Again
Justin Holbrook was once again proud of the way his players stayed in the contest as they beat Huddersfield 26-12.
It was Saints’ third win of the season and continued their good start to the new campaign.
“I am really proud of the boys to get a win here tonight,” he said. “It is a tough place to play and Huddersfield make it hard for you.
“They tested us early and it felt like for 20 minutes they had the ball on our line. We kept them out and that is why I am proud of the boys.
“With the ball we tried to force our hand a bit and perhaps because of the lack of possession we tried to score points every time we had it. Huddersfield made it hard for us to do that and in the second half we defended well, then scored a couple and then struggled again.
“But to defend the way we did in the first half and to go in ahead I couldn’t be happier because of the lack of ball. It was a good win.
“I thought Luke Thompson went well for us. He kept turning up for carries whilst Zeb Taia and Dom Peyroux played well too. They both played big minutes.”
He continued: “It is hard for both sides to have a week off so early in the season and I think it showed a little. It is hard to get in a routine when that happens. Every game is different though.
“In round one we were outstanding in attack. Round two was more defence and tonight was probably a mixture of the two. We had to come up with some tries when we needed to. Every game is different but it is important to win them.
“We have started well and we want to continue to do that as well as keep getting better as a side.”
Saints are next in action on Friday March 2 as they host Salford Red Devils.
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Tries: Brough, Roberts
Goals: Brough (2 from 3)
Tries: Wilkin, Roby, Taia, Percival
Goals: Richardson (5 from 5)
REF: L Moore
1. Jake Mamo; 2. Jermaine McGillvary, 6. Lee Gaskell, 4. Jordan Turner, 5. Aaron Murphy; 15. Jordan Rankin, 7. Danny Brough; 17. Ukuma Ta Ai, 21. Adam O’Brien, 18. Paul Clough, 16. Oliver Roberts, 14. Dale Ferguson, 13. Ryan Hinchcliffe.
Subs: 8. Seb Ikahihifo, 9. Kruise Leeming, 19. Daniel Smith, 20. Adam Walne.
23. Ben Barba; 5. Adam Swift, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 1. Jonny Lomax, 18. Danny Richardson; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin.
Subs: 6. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas.