Official Match Report
Australian star Ben Barba turned on the magic as St Helens kept their play-off dreams alive by brushing aside Huddersfield Giants 40-16 in the Betfred Super League Super 8s.
Justin Holbrook’s side had to beat the Giants if they had any chance of finishing in the top four and Barba produced a fine display, scoring one of the Saints' seven tries.
Jonny Lomax scored the first of his two tries before Regan Grace touched down, but the Giants hit back as Danny Brough sent in the hardworking Oliver Roberts to barge over.
But it was 24-6 at half-time after Grace's 60-metre dash led to Lomax scoring before Percival powered over.
Barba then scored his before fellow Australian Ryan Morgan touched down.
Ryan Hinchcliffe and Jordan Rankin each grabbed a try for the visitors but Saints had the finalsay when Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrookhammered his way over.
St Helens coach Justin Holbrook said: "We have a really big game now against Salford. We'll focus on tonight's win and then look at them after that.
"We have said all along that we need to be consistent every week and the points we have scored could come into it."
Huddersfield coach Rick Stone said: "The whole game for us was pretty disappointing. We tried to make amends for last week’s display but Saints were pretty good in the first stint and they controlled the game."
|4||goal||Goal scored for St Helens by Mark Percival||2-0|
|4||try||Try scored for St Helens by Jonny Lomax||6-0|
|10||try||Try scored for St Helens by Regan Grace||10-0|
|10||goal||Goal scored for St Helens by Mark Percival||12-0|
|30||try||Try scored for Huddersfield by Ollie Roberts||12-4|
|30||goal||Goal scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough||12-6|
|35||goal||Goal scored for St Helens by Mark Percival||14-6|
|35||try||Try scored for St Helens by Jonny Lomax||18-6|
|37||goal||Goal scored for St Helens by Mark Percival||20-6|
|37||try||Try scored for St Helens by Mark Percival||24-6|
|46||goal||Goal scored for St Helens by Mark Percival||26-6|
|46||try||Try scored for St Helens by Ben Barba||30-6|
|55||try||Try scored for St Helens by Ryan Morgan||34-6|
|65||try||Try scored for Huddersfield by Ryan Hinchcliffe||34-10|
|65||goal||Goal scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough||34-12|
|74||try||Try scored for Huddersfield by Jordan Rankin||34-16|
|77||try||Try scored for St Helens by Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook||38-16|
|77||goal||Goal scored for St Helens by Mark Percival||40-16|