A SUPERB late try from Ade Gardner wasn’t enough as Huddersfield Giants beat Saints 17-16 at the Galpharm Stadium.Danny Brough had lobbed over a one pointer to give his side a 17-12 lead heading into the final stages.But the former Barrow winger’s try in the corner left the game on a knife-edge.Yet, Jonny Lomax couldn’t slot the conversion off the touchline and the Giants did just enough to repel borders at the end as Saints threw everything to find the killer score.Royce Simmons men led 12-4 at the break to give themselves a solid platform for the second 40.Tries from Lee Gaskell and Jonny Lomax cancelled out Luke George’s opener as the visitors thoroughly deserved the advantage.Lomax in particular was lively at half back and when Hohaia came on at hooker to replace the injured James Roby Saints’ attack and kicking game was much more effective.In the second half, George benefitted from an error to bring the Giants back into it before he brought up his hat-trick as his teammates turned defence into attack.But Ade Gardner’s first of the season just wasn’t enough on his return to the side as Saints were handed their second defeat in a row.Saints had early pressure when a great break from Tony Puletua saw him flip a pass out of the backdoor to Wellens.Gaskell then won a repeat set and after another Giants error another six tackles.But Anthony Laffranchi pushed the pass to James Roby and the ball was knocked on.On the ten minute mark Saints went for it on the last but Jermaine McGillvary smothered Francis Meli’s threat.After 15 minutes, Michael Lawrence did well to slip Meli and then win a penalty. And from there, the ball was driven in, and pushed left for Luke George to score in the corner.It was a questionable try as it looked for all the world that a dummy runner went straight through Shenton.Brough missing the tricky conversion.But Saints hit back just before the half hour mark when a fantastic move saw Clough link up with Roby for Lee Gaskell to scoot through a gap.Lomax converting with a swinging bending kick.He then put Saints ahead with a great piece of opportunism.His hopeful chip through seemed to be going dead but he pounced on Cudjoe’s lethargy and put down with less than an inch to spare.With the boos still ringing Lomax added his second conversion of the afternoon.Huddersfield won a penalty right from the kick off but Saints intercepted as the Giants looked to get the ball wide.But when a high ball was knocked on the Giants made Saints pay; Luke George grabbing his second.Brough making it a two point game.Saints were being penalised for innocuous stuff by the referee and it was taking its toll – the Giants spending most of the early stages of the half in their opposition territory.And when Simmons’ men got into the Giants’ half, poor pass selection didn’t help.Brough should have levelled on 60 minutes but he spread his penalty attempt wide.The Giants then did break the Saints resistance though and it was a real slice of class… and luck. Gaskell’s kick on the last was gathered and the home side returned it 100 yards.Brough converting.Brough added a drop goal as the game entered its final stages but Saints gave themselves hope after a wonderful team move saw Gardner get over in the corner.Saints had a couple of sets to break down the Giants’ defence but couldn’t find the last tackle option to sneak the win.Match Summary:Giants:Tries: George (3)Goals: Brough (3 from 4)Drop: BroughSaints:Tries: Gaskell, Lomax, GardnerGoals: Lomax (2 from 3)Penalties:Giants: 9Saints: 3HT: 12-4FT: 16-17REF: Phil BenthamATT: 9194Teams:Giants:29. Greg Eden; 5. Jermaine McGillvary, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 17. Joe Wardle, 20. Luke George; 7. Danny Brough, 1. Scott Grix; 8. Eorl Crabtree, 9. Luke Robinson, 24. Adam Walker, 18. Jason Chan, 2. Michael Lawrence, 6. Kevin Brown.Subs: 4. Lee Gilmour, 13. David Faiumu, 14. Shaun Lunt, 15. Larne Patrick.Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 21. Tommy Makinson, 3. Michael Shenton, 5. Francis Meli, 2. Ade Gardner; 20. Lee Gaskell. 7. Jonny Lomax; 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin, 4. Sia Soliola, 11. Tony Puletua.Subs: 6. Lance Hohaia, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Andrew Dixon.A short audio match report of this game can be downloaded here.This is available for all radio and online radio stations to download
Makinson crossed the white line on 30, 51 and 68 minutes and he was naturally delighted with his hat-trick, but admitted the two points was the most important aspect.“That [the two points] was the main thing. We know coming here is always a tough one and it definitely was that. Hull KR threw a lot at us and credit to them it was a real tough battle, but to get the two points was the main thing.“There were a few nice tries in there, anything to help this team. We were a bit scrappy all round today, I don’t think any of us were at our best, but to come out with some pivotal tries is always nice and it helped us get the two points.”Adam Swift grabbed a hat-trick of his own against Hull KR’s neighbours Hull FC a few weeks ago and Makinson admits, he was delighted for Swift whilst he is enjoying playing with fellow hat-trick hero Kevin Naiqama on Saints’ explosive right edge.“That [the wing] is my favoured position. I can play a few different positions, but I was made up for Swifty, he is a great player and playing alongside him at centre is always nice and credit to him. I think our right edge is really starting to fire now and that is helping us both and it will be nice to get a few more.“Naiqama was on fire. He set me up for a couple too and it is always enjoyable playing with him and you ask Swifty or Reeges, in training he is always on fire and he is difficult to defend so I am glad I am not defending him.”Jonny Lomax impressed again with a number of crucial defensive plays and the former Golden Boot winner, Makinson, was full of praise for his England teammate whilst admitting he just loves playing for Saints!“People like Jonny Lomax, you don’t really see what he does until you look back. You will watch the video of that game and see him make two or three pivotal plays like he does every single game and it seems to get brushed over. He is unbelievable to have in your side and like a lot of our guys, Robes, Big Al, and I thought Kyle Amor was awesome today, as was Jack Ashworth. They both lifted us when we needed it and it is a real pleasure playing with these guys that is the reason I am here and I just love playing for this club.”Next up for Saints at the Totally Wicked Stadium is a Heaven vs Hell clash with Salford Red Devils on Friday May 17th with a 7:45pm kick off. You can buy tickets for the game online here, or by calling into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
The Saints, fielding several players hailing from the Widnes area, took control when Jack Welsby opened the scoring for the Saints after just eight minutes with a typical individual try. He picked up the ball under pressure in his own half before taking on numerous tackles and scoring in the right corner.Six minutes later Captain Sam Royle increased the lead after he stepped a few tackles close to the Vikings line to score. The try was converted by Lewis Dodd, but the Saints took their foot off the gas allowing the home to level the scores with two tries in a ten minute period through Josh Wilde and Jordan Brown.This spurred the Saints into life as first Dodd pinched the ball in a one on one steal, to score next to the Widnes sticks before Rizzelli powered his way over in the left corner to stretch the lead back to a healthy 12.Five minutes into the second half and a fine Welsby break ably supported by Matty Foster saw the 12 point lead restored after the Vikings had closed to within 6.The game was effectively put to bed five minutes later when, as a Vikings attack broke down, Ryan Horne mopped up the dropped ball feeding Tom Nisbett who sprinted 70 metres to score.With 15 minutes to go Welsby again showed his class. Great footwork at the line saw him ghost through untouched from 50 metres to score. Dodd’s third conversion of the half completed the scoring for the Saints.The home side scored a consolation try through Brown’s second with five minutes to go, but the game was won.Dodd, Royle and Foster were the pick of the Saints with Welsby back to his unplayable best at times.Widnes Vikings U19’s: Joe Edge; Liam Barnes, Billy Glover, Oliver Brookes, Niall Smith; Ben Davies, Lewis Else; Declan Baker, Jake Burns, Calum O’Neill, Jordan Brown, Connor Burgess, Bradley Calland.Interchanges: Ciaran O’Donnell, Joshua Wilde, Robbie Ashcroft, Alfie Cassidy.Tries: Joshua Wilde (21), Jordan Brown (29), Try (40), Try (70).Goals: Lewis Else 3 from 4.Saints U19’s: Jack Welsby; John Hutchings, Nico Rizzelli, Tom Nisbett, Jumah Sambou; Ryan Horne, Lewis Dodd; Jamie Pye, Paul Nash, Warren Smith, Matty Foster, Lewis Baxter, Sam Royle (C).Interchanges: Keenan McDaid, Harry Brooks, Harvey McDaid, Kye Siyani.Tries: Jack Welsby (8 & 65), Sam Royle (14), Lewis Dodd (34), Nico Rizzelli (38), Matty Foster (45), Tom Nisbett (49), .Goals: Lewis Dodd 6 from 7.Half Time: 16-22Full Time: 22-40