|4th Aug 2006|| Super League||HOME||8378||HT:4-30|
|Age in brackets is at time of match - Total average age for this team is 26. - ** non-playing sub|
MATCH REPORT : Saints carried on from their scintillating form in last week’s semi-final to overwhelm Huddersfield Giants, their opponents in the Twickenham Final.
The Giants were culpable in handing Saints too much possession and too often in dangerous positions as the league leaders shrugged off the absence of scrum-half Sean Long as the Giants never threatened to end their 28-year losing streak at Knowsley Road.
Saints scored more than 200 points in July and carried their free-scoring form into August with a ten-try display.
Ten different tryscorers got on the scoresheet as the tries came frequently courtesy of some sparkling handling.
Nine scoreless minutes of mistake-ridden rugby by both sides was ended by a flowing 50 metre move involving Keiron Cunningham, Leon Pryce, Vinnie Anderson and Paul Wellens that ended with Jamie Lyon touching down.
James Graham’s sharp offload to Lyon created a try for Cunningham, although ex-Saint Stuart Jones was on the end of Robbie Paul’s grubber kick to score shortly afterwards.
Saints were not in the mood to let the game deginerate into an arm-wrestle, especially with the Giants in generous mood, and three further tries before half-time put the result beyond doubt.
Jim Gannon’s speculative offload ten metres from his own line gave Saints possession, Pryce’s pass out of a two-man tackle gave Jason Cayless his first tyry since the opening day.
Paul’s profligacy resulted in Jon Wilkin putting Graham into a gap to score, then Mat Gardner lost possession near his own line with Lyon on hand to throw a quick long pass to Vinnie Anderson to score Saints’ fifth.
Francis Meli bulldozed over two defenders after the ball had been moved quickly to the left wing before right winger Ade Gardner touched down for his 23rd try of the season following Wilkin and Lyon’s lightning passes.
Saints spurned two gilt-edged chances by overplaying but the rout continued when Wellens dived over. Paul Smith’s momentarily stemmed the tide, but Wilkin and Fa’asavalu added further tries for the home side.
Captain Paul Sculthorpe marked his return from a five-game absence with the final two conversions towards the end of his 80-minute stint.
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