Match Report – St Helens 25 – 0 Huddersfield

St Helens finish comfortably 25-0 against Huddersfield to preserve their 2022 home unbeaten record despite Sione Mata’utia being sacked after 16 minutes

Last update: 07/15/22 11:31 p.m.

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Highlights from the Super League match between St Helens and Huddersfield Giants

Highlights from the Super League match between St Helens and Huddersfield Giants

St Helens showed their champion qualities by dismantling top four challengers Huddersfield while playing most of the game to within a man after Sione Mata’utia was sacked.

They actually finished the game with 11 men when Morgan Knowles was convicted late, but still finished comfortably 25-0 to preserve their unbeaten home record in 2022 and cement their grip on the Super League top spot.

Mata’utia, who had successfully overturned a one-game ban for a high tackle to retain his place in the squad, received his marching orders from referee Chris Kendall after 16 minutes for lifting the United’s hooker. Giants Danny Levi as he lay injured on the ground. .

Saints manager Kristian Woolf had already been forced into a rear division overhaul following the loss of full-back Will Hopoate to injury after just three minutes and will be delighted with their response to the adversity.

It meant an unfortunate return to the Totally Wicked Stadium for former Saints scrum-half Theo Fages as the Giants suffered a sobering loss to drop to fourth place.

The visitors sorely missed chief playmaker Tui Lolohea, who only missed his second Super League game of the season with a minor ankle injury, with Will Pryce struggling to fill the void.

St Helens have been boosted by the return of England prop Alex Walmsley, who missed his Magic Weekend win over Wigan to be by his wife’s side as she gave birth to their third child, and Agnatius Paasi has was just as effective when he replaced the big man.

Center Konrad Hurrell was also a force in his 200th career appearance, while Jack Welsby continued his stellar campaign with another hugely influential display.

The drama began in the fourth minute when Hopoate was injured preventing the Huddersfield winger Innes Senior from opening the scoring. He passed his head injury assessment but was ruled out of the rest of the game with a shoulder injury.

It meant a major reorganization, with the versatile Welsby returning to full-back and skipper James Roby moving into a makeshift half-back role, but nothing fazes this Saints side.

Mata’utia relieved the early pressure with a legit volley over half-back Oliver Russell, and Roby looked set to open the scoring by accepting a tackle offload from loose forward Knowles, but he lost control of the ball. ball on the line.

The Saints missed a chance to go in front when Jonny Lomax put a penalty wide, and they were down to 12 men when Mata’utia received his red card.

The shorthanded champions were still able to summon enough defenders to bundle Senior into touch at the corner and they scored the only try of the first half in the 28th minute, when second rower Joe Batchelor hit the spot kick. Lomax foot.

Lomax’s successful conversion made it 6-0 and Huddersfield missed a chance to open their account on the stroke of half-time when Pryce put a long-range penalty wide of the target.

It took St Helens just four minutes of the second half to extend their lead, with Paasi proving unstoppable from 10 yards out after Huddersfield winger Jermaine McGillvary lost the ball away from his own line.

McGillvary lost possession again soon after – this time due to an injury which forced him out of the game – and the Saints were again ruthless as Welsby fought their way through for their third try.

St Helens were further depleted after Knowles was given 71 minutes for his part in a scrum, but they still managed to add a fourth try when Lomax completed a break from Welsby, who then completed the scoring with a drop goal.

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