Super League  Monday 3rd June 2013  The John Smith's Stadium  Att: 5,203

Squad

Grix, Cudjoe, Wardle, McGillvary, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Faiumu, Lawrence, Patrick, Ta'ai, Murphy, Cording, Ferguson, Mullally, Dwyer.

Squad

Wellens, Gardner, Turner, Soliola, Meli, Hohaia, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Puletua, Wilkin, Manu, Clough, Jones, Makinson, Greenwood, Walmsley, Percival, Thompson, O'Brien.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Joe Wardle

Dale Ferguson

Joe Wardle

Aaron Murphy

GOAL SCORERS:

Danny Brough

Danny Brough

Danny Brough

Danny Brough

DROP GOAL SCORERS:

Danny Brough

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Jordan Turner

Josh Jones

Jon Wilkin

GOAL SCORERS:

Gareth O'Brien

Gareth O'Brien

Full Report

Match Official: R Silverwood

Danny Brough provided a reminder of his class as Huddersfield Giants completed the double over former coach Nathan Brown's St Helens - a first double over these opponents since 1951 - to stay on the heels of Super League leaders Wigan Warriors.

Those watching could not fail to have been impressed by the Giants skipper as he created all four of his side's tries with a mixture of pinpoint kicking and sublime handling.

Centre Joe Wardle scored two tries on his return from a two-match ban as Huddersfield cruised into a 25-6 lead before blotting their copybook with late defensive lapses which enabled Saints to secure a flattering, if respectable, scoreline.

St Helens, who have never finished below fifth in Super League, demonstrated considerable improvement on their 40-4 opening-day defeat by Huddersfield but one win in eight games leaves them outside the top eight and in serious danger of missing out on the play-offs.

Saints had England hooker James Roby back after almost three months out with an injured foot and gave a debut to Warrington Wolves half-back Gareth O'Brien, who got to play for his fourth club this season following previous loan spells with Swinton and Castleford Tigers.

But it was the Brough show from the moment he hoisted a high kick that forced a rare handling error from full-back Paul Wellens, and, from that position, the Giants skipper produced a cut-out pass for left winger Aaron Murphy to go over for the game's first try on eight minutes.

Five minutes later, another shrewd Brough kick caused panic in the Saints defence and, after Ade Gardner palmed the ball back towards team-mate Jordan Turner, Wardle got his hand to the ball for a crucial score awarded by video referee Ian Smith.

Trailing 10-0, Brown's response was to send on Roby but Huddersfield were set to score again when England prop Eorl Crabtree powered his way to the line only to have the ball stolen by Wellens in a two-man tackle.

Brough kicked the resulting penalty and then broke clean through the first line of defence to get back-row forward Dale Ferguson over for a try that Scotland fans will be hoping to witness in the World Cup.

Saints were struggling to find a way through their hosts' defence when Jon Wilkin, restored to the pack after three months as a makeshift half-back, took O'Brien's pass from dummy half to force his way over for a try and O'Brien added the conversion to make it 18-6.

It was a mere blemish by the Giants, however, and they thought they had scored again two minutes before half-time when Gardner lost the ball in Anthony Mullally's crunching tackle after appearing to lose his footing on the newly-laid turf and quick-thinking by Brough got Murphy over at the corner.

However, Smith disallowed the try, ruling that Mullally's tackle was illegal and match referee Richard Silverwood put the Huddersfield prop on report.

The match was held up for 10 minutes as medical staff gave Gardner oxygen on the pitch before he was carried off on a stretcher, although he was later reported to be sitting up in the dressing room.

Brough slotted over a drop goal four minutes into the second half to put his side three scores in front and clinched the victory on 52 minutes when his perfectly-timed pass got Wardle over for his second try.

Brough's fourth goal stretched his side's lead to 19 points but the Giants became sloppy in the final quarter and conceded two tries in a four-minute spell.

Centre Josh Jones went over wide out and stand-off Turner jinked his way through the middle, with O'Brien kicking his second goal.

Match Action

  • 70m
    goal

    Gareth O'Brien

    St Helens

  • 70m
    try

    Jordan Turner

    St Helens

  • 67m
    try

    Josh Jones

    St Helens

  • 53m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 53m
    try

    Joe Wardle

    Huddersfield

  • 52m
    interchange_on

    Brad Dwyer

    Huddersfield

  • 52m
    interchange_off

    Shaun Lunt

    Huddersfield

  • 45m
    dropgoal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 34m
    goal

    Gareth O'Brien

    St Helens

  • 33m
    try

    Jon Wilkin

    St Helens

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Eorl Crabtree

    Huddersfield

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Anthony Mullally

    Huddersfield

  • 28m
    interchange_on

    Michael Lawrence

    Huddersfield

  • 28m
    interchange_off

    Dale Ferguson

    Huddersfield

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Paul Clough

    St Helens

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Luke Thompson

    St Helens

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Iosia Soliola

    St Helens

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook

    St Helens

  • 25m
    try

    Dale Ferguson

    Huddersfield

  • 25m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 19m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 18m
    interchange_off

    Tony Puletua

    St Helens

  • 18m
    interchange_on

    Alex Walmsley

    St Helens

  • 16m
    interchange_on

    James Roby

    St Helens

  • 16m
    interchange_off

    Lance Hohaia

    St Helens

  • 14m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 14m
    try

    Joe Wardle

    Huddersfield

  • 10m
    try

    Aaron Murphy

    Huddersfield