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5 OF THE BEST - GAMES VS ST HELENS

14th March 2019

5 OF THE BEST - GAMES VS ST HELENS

A look at some of the best games between St Helens and Huddersfield Giants over the years.

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By Dan Senior

Saints 4 – 40 Giants (February 2013)

Huddersfield Giants started their 2013 Super League campaign in excellent fashion, convincingly beating St Helens at Langtree Park for the first time since 1978. The opening day fixture saw two familiar faces go head-to-head as Nathan Brown, who had moved away from the Claret and Gold during the off-season, suffered defeat in his first game in charge at the hands of his one-time coaching assistant Paul Anderson.

Huddersfield raced into a comfortable 22-0 first-half lead thanks to tries from Jermaine McGillvary, Brett Ferres and Leroy Cudjoe, in addition to five goals from the boot of Danny Brough. The Giants’ powerful pack continued to dominate after the break, with further scores from Cudjoe, Larne Patrick, Shaun Lunt and Luke George extending their advantage to 40-0. A late consolation try from Mark Flanagan was the only blemish on a near-perfect night, and the result would prove to be a catalyst for the rest of the season as Huddersfield won the League Leaders’ Shield for the first time.

Current Giants players who featured: Jordan Turner (Saints); Scott Grix, Leroy Cudjoe, Joe Wardle, Jermaine McGillvary (Giants).

Giants 17 – 16 Saints (September 2014)

The Giants secured a fourth-place finish thanks to a late drop-goal from Leroy Cudjoe in this thrilling encounter between the two sides. Saints, who needed just a point to claim the League Leaders’ Shield, led 10-0 after early tries from Tommy Makinson and James Roby. However, the game turned when Alex Walmsley received a red card for a high shot on Luke Robinson, and the Giants took full advantage.

Scores from Jake Connor, Shaun Lunt and Leroy Cudjoe pushed the Giants 16-10 ahead, but Lance Hohaia hit back to level the scores heading into the latter stages. The Giants held their nerve, though, and Cudjoe slotted over the first drop-goal of his career with ten minutes remaining to clinch a dramatic victory.

Current Giants players who featured: Jordan Turner (Saints); Aaron Murphy, Jermaine McGillvary, Leroy Cudjoe, Joe Wardle, Michael Lawrence, Ukuma Ta’ai (Giants).

Saints 35 – 34 Giants (July 2015)

St Helens avenged the previous season’s one-point defeat with a narrow victory of their own, defeating the Giants 35-34. Adam Quinlan made an impressive start to life at Saints, scoring a first-half hat-trick, but the Giants always remained in touching distance, only trailing 18-12 at the break thanks to tries from Jermaine McGillvary and Jack Hughes.

The two sides continued to trade tries after the restart, with Leroy Cudjoe and McGillvary levelling the score at 24-24 after Mark Percival had touched down for the hosts. Saints appeared to have the game wrapped up following a quickfire double from Joe Greenwood and Percival’s second, but the Giants responded with two further scores of their own, Eorl Crabtree and Aaron Murphy making it 34-34. Jamie Ellis and Danny Brough both missed tough chances to put their side ahead during a tense final ten minutes, and a late drop-goal from Luke Walsh broke Huddersfield hearts to seal victory for the hosts.

Current Giants players who featured: Jordan Turner (Saints); Scott Grix, Jermaine McGillvary, Leroy Cudjoe, Aaron Murphy, Joe Wardle, Ukuma Ta’ai, Michael Lawrence (Giants).

Saints 20 – 48 Giants (May 2016)

Despite their league position, the Giants enjoyed a fantastic Magic Weekend with a clinical performance at St James’ Park. The Claret and Gold were on top throughout, with tries from Jermaine McGillvary (2), Ukuma Ta’ai, Jamie Ellis, Sam Rapira and Aaron Murphy helping them into a 34-6 lead, with Saints’ sole score courtesy of Matty Dawson.

Keiron Cunningham’s side hit back just after the hour mark through Jack Owens, Theo Fages and Adam Swift, but Huddersfield restored their dominance with late scores from Ryan Hinchcliffe and Kyle Wood to confirm a memorable victory.

Current Giants players who featured: Jordan Turner (Saints); Scott Grix, Jermaine McGillvary, Leroy Cudjoe, Aaron Murphy, Joe Wardle, Ukuma Ta’ai, Michael Lawrence, Oliver Roberts, Sebastine Ikahihifo (Giants).

Saints 14 – 14 Giants (April 2017)

The last game in this edition of ‘five of the best’ saw the Giants produced a spirited late comeback to claim an unlikely point away from home. Huddersfield looked to be slipping to a third successive defeat after a Theo Fages double and a further score from Adam Swift had put St Helens 14-0 up at the break, but a strong defensive effort in the second-half set up a dramatic finish.

The Giants launched a late, inspired fight back during the final twenty minutes, with Darnell McIntosh scoring a brace and Sam Wood touching down in the 77th minute. A famous win evaded Huddersfield as Danny Brough’s conversion attempt drifted just wide from the touchline, but a point against St Helens was a strong way to respond to a 52-16 defeat to Castleford the previous week.

Current Giants players who featured: Darnell McIntosh, Jermaine McGillvary, Sam Wood, Alex Mellor, Aaron Murphy, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Oliver Roberts, Dale Ferguson, Paul Clough, Kruise Leeming (Giants).

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