Super League: St Helens beat Huddersfield Giants 40-12 to extend 100% record

Luke Thompson crosses for St Helens
Luke Thompson got the ball rolling for St Helens when he crashed over inside five minutes
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Huddersfield (12) 12
Tries: McGillvary, Turner Goals: Gaskell 2
St Helens (16) 40
Tries: Thompson, Knowles, Percival 2, Grace, Peyroux, Lomax Goals: Coote 6

Super League leaders St Helens maintained their 100% record with a flurry of second-half tries to see off Huddersfield Giants.

Giants, who scored two tries in the first half, looked set to go in level before Mark Percival scored a third try for Saints just before the break.

The second period was a different story as Saints scored four more tries without reply to seal a convincing win.

Saints have six wins from six games, one better than their start to 2018.

As good as Justin Holbrook's Saints were in the second half, Huddersfield were competitive in the first and deservedly fought back twice to stay in the arm wrestle.

However, injuries to Joe Wardle, Matty English and Suaia Matagi took their toll on a Giants side missing eight first-teamers anyway, while the visitors - inspired by their attacking spine of Jonny Lomax, Lachlan Coote, James Roby and Theo Fages - ramped up the pace.

Luke Thompson got Saints rumbling forward early on when he took a Roby pass and stepped the cover to cross by the posts, but Jermaine McGillvary finished smartly after a fine move to the right for the Giants.

The nip-and-tuck nature of the contest continued as Morgan Knowles crashed in off a short ball close to the line, but Jordan Turner crossed against his old club to level after Lee Gaskell's goal.

Percival nipped in before half-time to establish the visitors' lead and Saints did not relinquish it, turning on the style.

Lomax and Coote were at the heart of much of Saints' best work, the former threading a kick for Percival's second while the latter looped a wonderful pass into space for Regan Grace's score.

McGillvary was denied a second by a forward pass as Giants pressed, and they were ruthlessly punished at the other end as Tommy Makinson patted down a kick for Dominique Peyroux to score.

Lomax stretched out an arm for the final try, and Turner's chalked-off score added insult to injury for the home side.

Huddersfield head coach Simon Woolford told BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra:

"I was pleased, the first-half our effort and intent was fantastic and our forwards more than matched the Saints guys but we let ourselves down on our goal-line with a couple of soft tries.

"We're normally a lot better than that, a couple of tries against the run of play and the one on the in-goal broke us a bit and the scoreline blew out a bit.

"We'll take some positives out of the first half and we'll crack on next week."

St Helens head coach Justin Holbrook told BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra:

"It was a real battle, we missed a few changes in the first half but really pleased how we didn't let it affect us. We've had opportunities which we could let affect us, but we didn't.

"It was a really dominant second-half performance from us.

"Full credit to the players, players like Zeb Taia and Dom Peyroux are outstanding, they put a lot of work in, I ask a lot of them and just to watch how hard they work it's rewarding to see them get a win like that."

Huddersfield: McIntosh; McGillvary, Turner, I. Senior, Uate; Gaskell, Frawley; Ikahihifo, Leeming, Ta'ai, J Wardle, Mellor, Lawrence.

Replacements: Matagi, Roberts, Hewitt, English.

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

Replacements: Paulo, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Lees, Ashworth.

Referee: Scott Mikalauskas (RFL).

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