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St Helens

  • Wellens, Wilkin, Hohaia, Wheeler (2), Masoe, Dawson,
    Goals: Walsh (6),
    Drop goals: Walsh,
41 - 22

Huddersfield

  • Ferres, Patrick, Blackmore (2),
    Goals: Brough (3),
  • First Utility Super League
  • 23rd May 2014
  • KO 20:00
  • Att: 10,218

Super League: Huddersfield Giants' winning run ended by St Helens

Last updated: 24th May 2014  

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St Helens bounced back from their Magic Weekend nightmare to end Huddersfield's five-match Super League winning run with a 41-22 victory.

Saints skipper Paul Wellens had labelled his side's heavy derby defeat to Warrington in Manchester an "embarrassment", while coach Nathan Brown questioned his players' attitude.

The hosts produced the perfect response at Langtree Park, Wellens being among the tryscorers on his record-equalling 419th Super League, with Gary Wheeler grabbing a brace and Lance Hohaia, Matty Dawson, Jon Wilkin and Mose Masoe also crossing the line.

St Helens, who lost 40-4 in the corresponding match in 2013, were on the front foot from the kick-off and stung their visitors with three tries in the first 13 minutes.

Influential Australian scrum-half Luke Walsh got Saints rolling by putting second rower Wilkin through a gap to create the position which eventually allowed Wheeler to reach over the line.

James Roby, putting in another impressive performance at hooker, then broke out of his own half to send stand-off Hohaia over before Wellens finished off a half-break from Walsh to touch down.

Walsh converted all three scores to make it 18-0 but Huddersfield gradually worked their way into the game and pulled a try back on 17 minutes when forward Larne Patrick took Danny Brough's pass to charge over from 10 metres out.

Deficit

Brough's goal cut the deficit to 12 points but former Huddersfield winger Dawson made it 22-6 after taking Wellens' pass to score a fourth try after he had intercepted near his own line to set up the field position.

Hohaia also had a try disallowed by video referee Phil Bentham for obstruction but Saints were good value for their 16-point half-time lead, which they quickly built on after the break.

A knock-on by Jason Chan inside his own half gifted Saints the ideal attacking position and they made the most of it, with Wilkin racing onto Walsh's kick over the defence to touch down.

Winger Ben Blackmore briefly gave the visitors hope with a try on his first appearance of the season after Leroy Cudjoe snatched possession straight from the restart, but it did little to halt Saints' momentum.

Powerful prop Masoe took Roby's pass over the line to double his try tally for the club before Huddersfield got one back when Brett Ferres marked his 200th Super League appearance by touching down Brough's kick.

The game really opened up in the final quarter, with Wheeler hacking on a loose ball to grab his second try and Cudjoe pouncing on a handling error at the other end to enable Blackmore to double his tally. The video referee disallowed other efforts at either end.

Walsh took his goal tally to six from seven attempts before wrapping up the scoring with a drop goal 90 seconds from the end.

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First Utility Super League Table - February 26 2015
Pos Team P Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 3 6
2 St Helens 2 4
3 Wakefield Wildcats 2 4
4 Warrington Wolves 2 4
5 Wigan Warriors 2 3
6 Hull FC 2 2
7 Catalans Dragons 2 2
8 Widnes Vikings 2 1
9 Castleford Tigers 2 0
10 Hull K R 2 0
11 Huddersfield Giants 3 0
12 Salford Red Devils 2 0
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Friday 27th February
20:00St Helens vs Castleford Tigers
Saturday 28th February
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Sunday 1st March
15:00Hull K R vs Wigan Warriors
15:00Widnes Vikings vs Wakefield Wildcats
Thursday 5th March
20:00Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos
Friday 6th March
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20:00Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings
20:00Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors
Saturday 7th March
15:30Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils
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Thursday 26th February
Leeds Rhinos 28 - 24 Huddersfield Giants
Sunday 15th February
Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R
Saturday 14th February
Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford
Friday 13th February
Hull 6 - 7 Warrington
Leeds 38 - 6 Widnes
Wigan 24 - 16 Huddersfield
Thursday 12th February
Salford 6 - 52 St Helens
Sunday 8th February
Castleford 22 - 24 Wakefield
Huddersfield 0 - 19 Hull
Hull K R 30 - 40 Leeds

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