The Huddersfield Giants faced a narrow defeat of 32-18 against St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
The opening moments saw St Helens take the lead as Jonny Lomax’s clever play led to Tommy Makinson’s try in the corner. Makinson added another try soon after, increasing St Helens’ advantage.
Despite an opportunity for the Giants with Sam Halsall’s potential try, a mistimed pass from Jake Bibby proved costly. St Helens capitalised on a penalty opportunity, with Mark Percival securing two points for a 14-0 lead.
Joe Greenwood’s red card added to the Giants’ challenges, leaving them with 12 players. However, a creative play involving Sam Halsall and Jake Connor allowed Matty English to score, giving the Giants some hope.
Tommy Makinson completed his hat-trick just before halftime, extending St Helens’ lead. The second half began with another penalty for St Helens, converted by Percival to make it 20-6.
Field possession became a struggle for both teams in a challenging period. Despite being a player down, the Giants mounted a comeback as Ash Golding capitalised on a pass from Jake Connor, scoring in the corner.
Tee Ritson’s attempt to intercept a pass resulted in a knock-on, giving St Helens another set of possession. They seized the opportunity, with Tui Lolohea’s pass setting up Kevin Naiqama’s try.
However, a pivotal moment came when Tui Lolohea’s kick went dead, allowing St Helens seven tackles. This led to Lewis Dodd’s try, sealing the victory for St Helens. Jack Welsby’s late score further cemented their win.
The Giants displayed remarkable resilience, especially with one player down, and came within two points of victory with only five minutes left. The final score was St Helens 32, Huddersfield Giants 18.