Super League: Huddersfield Giants' winning run ended by St Helens
Last Updated: 24/05/14 8:45am
Paul Wellens: Got the response he wanted following defeat to Warrington
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.
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.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K RvsSalford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield WildcatsvsHull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington WolvesvsWigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2014, round 14
Nathan Brown was delighted after St Helens claimed a seven-try 40-16 victory over Wakefield Wildcats.
Wakefield forward Chris Annakin and Widnes winger Paddy Flynn will both miss games after being punished by the RFL.
Chris Annakin, Ben Westwood, Justin Carney and Paddy Flynn have been charged by following Sunday's Super League action.
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