16th June 2017


Giants 24 St Helens 16

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A 24-16 scoreline gave the Giants a third consecutive victory and moved above Wigan Warriors into seventh after defeating St Helens at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Tries from Leroy Cudjoe, Martyn Ridyard, Adam O’Brien and Lee Gaskell sealed the points for the Giants.

Both sides started the game positively from the kick-off, with the forwards putting in a strong showings, however no early tries were recorded.

Errors began to creep into the Saints’ side and the Claret and Gold made them pay as Leroy Cudjoe got on the end of Danny Brough’s offload to touchdown. Ridyard extended the score to 6-0 with the boot.

Pressure continued from the Giants as Lee Gaskell received the ball off the influential Brough, however the Saints defence was resolute on this occasion.

Jake Mamo’s evening was cut short as he was forced to leave the pitch with a knock, leaving Lee Gaskell to fill in at full-back.

Shortly after, Dale Ferguson thought he added to Giants’ lead from another Brough offload. Ridyard did however after he got on the end of the half-back’s deft kick to score the Giants second try. Ridyard then scored the goal to double the lead to 12-0.

An instant response followed from Saints as Morgan Knowles managed to break through the home side’s defence before he gave the ball to Luke Thompson who provided the Saints their first try of the evening, just before the sound of the buzzer. Percival added the extras to close the score to 12-6.

Saints started the quicker in the second period and were on the scoresheet within five minutes through Jonny Lomax offloading the ball to Percival who scored the away side’s second try in the comer. Percival failed to level the score after missing the following conversion, making the scores 12-10.

The Giants began to grow in stature as the half continued as Sebastine Ikahihifo continued to gain ground with some powerful runs.

After gaining the ground the Giants were in for a third through Adam O’Brien who was able to run in under the posts from dummy-half. Ridyard scoring his third conversion of the game, making the scores 18-10.

Saints were able to respond as Kyle Amor took advantage of ground gained from Alex Walmsley and crossed over the whitewash under pressure. Percival scored the conversion, closing the score to 18-16.

Saints began to push for the next try, however the Claret and Gold remain firm as Regan Grace failed to give the away side the lead flowing excellent defence from Jermaine McGillvary and Leroy Cudjoe to halt the winger’s run.

Despite the pressure from the visitors, the Giants managed to add to their lead and produce a great piece of play as Brough offloaded to Cudjoe, who found Gaskell who was able to squirm his way under the posts to get his side’s fourth try. Ridyard converted another goal of the evening, taking scores to 24-16 with less than five minutes remaining.

Just before the buzzer, the home side were awarded a penalty but Ridyard was unable to add once more to his side’s lead, leaving the final score at 24-16, and another win for the Giants.

A strong performance from the Claret and Gold, left the Giants one point behind the visitors but three points ahead of 9th placed Catalans Dragons, as the momentum continues in the Yorkshire side’s favour.

With the Giants looking for a remarkable fourth successive victory, their next opposition is the Wigan Warriors at the John Smith Stadium on Friday 23rd June, kick off 8pm.



Huddersfield (12) 24 Tries: Cudjoe, Ridyard, O'Brien, Gaskell Goals: Ridyard 4

St Helens (6) 16 Tries: Thompson, Percival, Amor Goals: Percival 2

Huddersfield: Mamo; McGillvary, Cudjoe, Gaskell, Murphy; Brough, Ridyard; Wakeman, Leeming, Ikahihifo, Ferguson, Roberts, Hinchcliffe.

Replacements: O'Brien, Mellor, Rapira, Clough.

St Helens: Lomax; Makinson, Morgan, Percival, Grace; Fages, Smith; Walmsley, Roby, Amor, Taia, Wilkin, McCarthy-Scarsbrook.

Replacements: Douglas, Thompson, Lee, Knowles.

Referee: James Child

Attendance 5660

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