24 Feb 2024

Match Report | St Helens (H) | Super League Round 2

Huddersfield Giants lost out 0-28 to St Helens in the Betfred Super League Round 2 at the John Smith's Stadium.

Ian Watson selected the same line-up that defeated Leigh Leopards in Round 1, apart from Jake Connor, who missed out due to concussion protocols, Tui Lolohea returning from suspension took his place.

Both sides went set for set in the early stages, a cagey start at the John Smith’s with no real chances of note.

Jack Murchie would come up with an error in our half, and that was taken advantage of by the visitors, as Matt Whitley pounced on a Jonny Lomax kick to score the games’ opening try.

The Giants came back, however and had chances of their own, as Adam Swift and Esan Marsters both went close in left-hand corner.

With a minute to go before the break, an error from Tui Lolohea, who tried to touch a high Lewis Dodd kick instead of catching it on the full, allowed Saints to take the ball back, and on the resulting set Sione Matau’utia crashed over to extend their lead.

The score stood at 00-12 going into the break, with a big half needed from the Giants.

St Helens would extend their lead after the break, the Giants couldn’t stop the offloads on our own line, and the ball found its way to Daryl Clark, who kicked in-behind for Jack Welsby to score.

As was the story in the first half, Ian Watson’s men had chances, but couldn’t turn opportunity into points, as Daryl Clark was sin-binned for a professional foul on Esan Marsters, the latters pass was into touch on the resulting set, and Saints took possession back.

Paul Wellens’ men rounded off their victory with a late try from Jon Bennison after a sweeping move from Jack Welsby through the middle of the park saw several passes send the wingman in at the corner.

There was time for one more before the hooter, Morgan Knowles going over underneath the posts to compound a miserable evening for the Giants, the game ending 0-28.

The attendance was announced as 6812, thank you for your support Giants fans.

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