ST HE­LENS ........ 40 Saints prove too

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Barba; Makin­son, Mor­gan, Per­ci­val, Grace; Lo­max, Richard­son: Dou­glas, Roby, Thomp­son, Taia, Knowles, Wilkin. Fages, Walm­s­ley, McCarthyS­cars­brook, Pey­roux. Lo­max Grace , Per­ci­val, Barba, Mor­gan, McCarthy-Scars­brook Per­ci­val back shortly after that score as Lee Gaskell looked to ground a coughed up Brough kick but the Grace re­cov­ered in time to field it be­fore the ex-Saints man Gaskell.

They did get the try they were search­ing for on 31 min­utes as Danny Brough sent in the hard­work­ing Oliver Roberts for a barge over score.

Saints replied in stun­ning fash­ion as Grace clicked into gear with a 60 me­tre dash to even­tu­ally set up Lo­max and then im­me­di­ately after Per­ci­val pow­ered over to make it 24-6 at half time.

Things went from bad to worse after the break for the Gi­ants as Saints smelt blood.

Barba ran in for a solo ef­fort on the left edge and then his fel­low Aus­tralian, Ryan Mor­gan, ben­e­fit­ted from quick hands on the op­po­site side.

At 34-6 the game was over as a con­test and it was about dam­age lim­i­ta­tion for the Gi­ants.

To be fair to Stone’s side, the play­ers didn’t throw the towel in but it was a per­for­mance that was way off the head coach’s high stan­dards. Roberts, Lee Gaskell and Brough per­se­vered but they lacked cut­ting edge.

An ex­am­ple of that came with 15 min­utes re­main­ing as the Gi­ants had Saints on the rack for a set of six in good ter­ri­tory, but the link up play be­tween Jor­dan Turner and Dar­nell McIn­tosh was poorly ex­e­cuted.

The tries kept rolling in for Saints and this time it was Barba scorch­ing over for a walk in on the left hand side after he beat three Gi­ants de­fend­ers for foot­work.

His fel­low coun­try­man, Ryan Mor­gan, was next on the try scor­ing list as Saints spread the ball to Hud­der­s­field’s out­num­bered left edge.

The dogged de­ter­mi­na­tion of the Gi­ants leader Danny Brough kept the vis­i­tors in the game and he had a hand in two tries be­fore the ref­eree, Gareth Hewer, could put them out of their mis­ery.

Ryan Hinch­cliffe burst onto a short ball to force his way over for a well worked try and ten min­utes later Jor­dan Rankin sneaked in at the cor­ner.

Saints’ prop Louis McCarthyS­cars­brook had the fi­nal say, how­ever, as he ham­mered his way over for St He­lens’ sev­enth and fi­nal try of the night.

The Gi­ants now face a home fi­nale against Leeds with a need to end the sea­son in win­ning style. Leeds Rhi­nos 44 Sal­ford Red Devils 2, St He­lens 40 Hud­der­s­field Gi­ants 16 Hull KR 19 Cata­lan Dragons 20, Leigh Cen­tu­ri­ons 40 Hal­i­fax 6

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