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globalrugbyleague - Mon, 05 Feb 2007 21:56:00 GMT
St Helens
will be heading into their World Club Challenge clash against NRL premiers,
Brisbane, brimming with confidence after scoring a hard-fought 18-10 win over Huddersfield in round 1 of the English Super League.



The
reigning champs bolted out of the blocks in sensational fashion after scoring
three tries within the opening twenty minutes. Lee Gilmour grabbed the first
try of the new season care after accepting a pass from Leon Pryce.



But soon
Pryce found himself in the role of pointscorer, taking an inside ball from
halves partner, Sean Long. The test international then reverted back to his
support role, engineering a four-pointer for Ade Gardner in the right corner.



However the
determined Giants lead by Captain Chris Thorman clawed their way back into the
game to give the home crowd some hope of a contest.



Matt
Gardner then proved anything his brother could do, he could do too when he
scored a touchdown of his own from a Kevin Brown pass.



Two
successful penalty kicks at goal from Thorman reduced the Giants deficit to
four-points at the break (14-10).



A 4-0 win
to Daniel Anderson’s men in the second half proved adequate enough for the
Saints after Lee Gilmour scored the final try of the afternoon off the back of
some good lead-up play from Jason Cayless and James Roby.



However
with the Sean Long and James Hooper converting only 1 from four goal attempts
minus the handy boot of Jamie Lyon, the Giants could very well have
masterminded an upset comeback had Earl Crabtree not dropped the ball over the
line when attempting to score towards the back end of the game.



St Helens
play the Brisbane Broncos for the second time in the history of the World Club
Challenge at Reebok Stadium on Friday the 23rd of January.



The last
time both sides encountered each other in 2001, the Saints walked away with a
narrow 20-18 win. Brisbane
meanwhile will be looking for their third WCC title, having picked up victories
in 1992 and 1997.



St Helens 18 (Lee Gilmour 2, L Pryce, A
Gardner tries; Long goal) Huddersfield 10
(M
Gardner try; C Thorman 3 goals) at Galpharm Stadium. Crowd:
9,212. - Read More, Here