LiveFinal score: Huddersfield 16 Saints 17

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  • Luke Walsh kicks the winning goal to put Saints through.
  • Saints win after Giants are reduced to 12 men.
  • Saints draw Leeds away in the next round.
  • Nathan Brown gives his view.


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Kyle Amor suffered two injuries in the match. He limped off after a knee clash and then when hent back on he injured a muscle in the rib area.

Brown said: "I am not sure how long he will be, hopefully only a short term because he is an important player for us."


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Nathan Brown was philosophical about the cup draw.

He said: "At the end of the day you have got to beat them to get there. The reality is that if Leeds got a soft draw, they would go through. If you can't beat them in round five, then you can't beat them in the final.

"Obviously Wigan and a couple of others have had a double soft draw, so it is cosy for them. But the reality is Wigan are going to have to beat a good team to win the cup.

"We have got a victory over a top side today and going to Leeds will be a challenge for us."


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Saints club photographer Bernard Platt was, as ever, there to capture the key moments if the match.


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On Luke Walsh, who looked off the pace at times, after his injury three weeks ago.

Brown said: "At the end of the day, if Walshy doesn't play, we don't win.

"He kicks the goal from the sidelines and then kicks the field goal under  lot of pressure.

"That is probably why he is here. You need the players in your team to get the result you need."


On where the game started slipping away from them Brown added: "Our ball control was shocking in the first 20 minutes, but we were marching down the field comfortably. Willie Manu was causing them all sorts of trouble.

"We got two tries and nearly got another where Willie appeared to be brought down before he had the ball, so that was a tougher call there.

"But for a period after that our kicking game was ordinary and our ruck defence around the middle was not there, with Huddersfield all over us there for a 20 minute period before half time.

"They really dominated us there for a period.

"We did improve that area in the second half.

"We had a lot of players who haven't trained for three weeks and not played. They were definitely short of training and playing time - that is not an excuse.

"To get our name in the hat is great and we will have to do alittle bit better next time."


On the Brett Ferres sending off, which arguable changed the game, Brown added: "It was a no brainer. Brett Ferres is not a dirty player, he does not go out to do deliberately things like that.

"But it was a shocking tackle and we have just seen what has happened in Australia.

"He seems like a decent fella, he not deliberately set out to do it and there was a lot of punishment in the send off because it has cost them the game.

"But it was a shocking tackle and he deserved that, but he's not deliberately done it, Baloo doesn't coach it, the Giants players are not like that.

"It was an unfortunate incident but thankfully Jonny Lomax is healthy."


In the post match press conference Nathan Brown added: "Without singling out anyone as a group we did not come up after some terrific performance against some adversity.

"The thing I was most pleased with was the last five minutes when we charged down Broughy's first three drop goals.

"The commitment and courage they showed at the end was brilliant."


Nathan Brown: "Lady luck has shone on us today.

"The Brett Ferres sending off had an impact on the result, there is no doubt about that. We had a few players who were below par today."


It's fair to say Huddersfield  coach Paul Anderson is not a happy man.


It's fair to say Huddersfield  coach Paul Anderson is not a happy man.


Salford v Widnes, Bradford v Catalan, Swinton v Keighley, Castleford v Sheffield.



Saints travel to Leeds next round.


Wigan v Hunslet, Leigh v fev, Leeds v saints, Warrington v Doncaster, 


Just awaiting the draw now at Huddersfield. Heart still beating after that last 15 minutes.


The home fans are livid here. They are adamant this has been the grossest miscarriage of justice.


Saints showed some character there at the end, defending repeat set, after repeat set, drop goal after drop goal attempt.

They have played a massive get out jail card.


Saints have won. The crowd are incensed, they think Brough's drop goal went over.


Walsh kicks the drop gola. Saints ahead.


Brough's fourth goes wide.


And a third.


Second one charged down and back they come




Firdt one is charged down, but 6 again.


But the kick off is allowed to go out and Giants will have first stab at drop goal.


Walsk kicks the penalty, its all square 16-16.


Turner kick, forces a drop out.


Nerve jangling time now. Brough will try and keep Saints in their own half - 8 to play, trailing by 2 points.


Its another tough kick for Walsh and Giants crowd are hollering, but he's kicked it. 16-14 to Giants.


Back to back penalties and pressure tells. Makinson scores a try in the corner with 15 minutes to play.


Ferres red carded for pile driving Lomax head first into the ground. Had to go.



Walsh break from as penalty, McGilvary penalised for holding down.


20 to play and Saints have a mountain to climb.



Lunt try. That is a big blow for Saints.

Brough kicks the goal to give Giants a two score lead. 16-8.


Walsh kicking game to the corner seems like more hope than expectation. that's the second time its just been plucked out of the air by the Giants wing for a quick restart.


Brough is kicking well to keep Saints at arm's length. 25 minutes to play, there is time, but Saints need to start applying some pressure at the other end,


Saints really need to up the intensity now - they need the next score.


No try. Penalty to Huddersfield.


High kick from Walsh, chase by Saints after it is allowed to bounce and Manu claims the try. Let's see what the video ref says.


Been a tense opening ten minutes of the second half, with Giants having most of the pressure.


A half of two halves, Saints looked classy for the first 20 but Giants dominated territory for the latter segment and eventually got their reward on the scoreboard.


A half of two halves, Saints looked classy for the first 20 but Giants dominated territory for the latter segment and eventually got their reward on the scoreboard.


Half time Huddersfield 10-8 Saints.


Huddersfield try, kick from Robinson collected by Wardle. Brough kicks the goal and Huddersfield lead for the first time. 10-8.


Knock on by Walsh. The Saints scrum half is not really as sharp as usual after his lay off.


Clever kick there from Lance Hohaia - forces a knock on from Huddersfield wing McGillvary.


Good news Amor back on after limping off earlier.


Penalty to Saints after Makinson was taken in the air.


Brough missed the goal Saints winning 8-4.


Try given Shaun Lunt. Saints have a knack of getting caught by dummy half plays.


Huddersfield try gone upstairs to the video ref.


Lomax penalised for taking Robinson out in the air, chasing a Walsh kick.


Rules need changing when you can make 45 yards with a lousy kick down the middle.


Saints under some pressure here. A repeat set after Lomax takes a grubber dead. But relieved with a penalty to Saints.


Bit of a mess at the play the ball, ends up with a Roby knock on and Hudds back on the attack.


Amor limping off. Anthony Walker on.


Amor down, getting treatment. Saints get a penalty after Swift is tackled in the air fielding a high kick.


No try. Knock on given. That was alet off for Saints.


Huddersfield over. Gone to the video ref.


Boot is on the other foot now, with a massive 40/20 from Brough.


Got to say that was old school, off the cuff Saints. Great rugby there - and a cool head to execute it.


Walsh misses the touchline goal, Huddersfield 0-8 Saints.


Super try from Saints: Finished off by Tommy Makinson, but half the team had a hand in that.


Big Mose is on for Walmsley.


Walsh misses the touchline conversion. 4-0 to Saints.


Adam Swift touches down in the corner for the opener. Super looping pass from Lance Hohaia.


40/20 from Luke Walsh.


Pen Saints for offside after high Brough kick.


Unlucky there - Amor slipped the ball out but Lomax lost it in collision on half way.


Unlicky there - Amor slipped the ball out but Lomax lost it in collision on half way.


Brough kick off out on the full. Good start for Saints.


Saints fans loud, great atmosphere here at kick off.


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Huge expecatation here on Saints - and they have brought a massive following. They are in full voice too, rattling through Oh When the Saints...

Let's hope they are still singing in two hours.


Saints pack now in a huddle, getting a pep talk from Keiron Cunningham.


Huge cheer for Sia Soliola as he runs out late to join the warm-up.


Saints out there warming up the minute in front of a large army of travelling fans.

More Saints fans than Huddersfield at the moment.


Huddersfield: Grix; McGilllvary, Murphy, Wardle, Broughton; Brough, Robinson; Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Chan, Lawrence. Subs: Bailey, Faiumu, Wood, Kaufusi.


Saints: Lomax; Makinson, Turner, Jones, Swift; Hohaia, Walsh; Amor, Roby, Walmsley, Manu, Flanagan, Soliola. Subs: Walker, Wellens, Greenwood, Masoe.


Looking at those past games, vividly remember the 1981 clash at Fartown. Hudds were second division then, but it was a real dogfight of a game in which Hudds loose forward Tony Johnson had an absolute blinder. We scraped it 10-8.



Huddersfield are seeking their first home Challenge Cup victory against St Helens since 1954 - and first ever at the John Smith's Stadium. St Helens have emerged victorious from Cup visits to Huddersfield on three successive occasions since then.

The Giants have won their last three home Super League fixtures against the Saints however - last tasting league defeat against Sunday's opponents on 28 March, 2010 (24-6).

Previous Challenge Cup meetings:

2009 (Semi-Final) Huddersfield 24 St Helens 14

(at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)

2006 (FINAL) Huddersfield 12 St Helens 42

(at Twickenham)

2005 (Round 4) Huddersfield 22 St Helens 26

2004 (Semi-Final) Huddersfield 6 St Helens 46

(at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)

2001 (Quarter Final) St Helens 54 Huddersfield 16

1994 (Round 4) Huddersfield 16 St Helens 23

1981 (Round 1) Huddersfield 8 St Helens 10

1978 (Quarter Final) St Helens 31 Huddersfield 5

1972 (Round 2) St Helens 32 Huddersfield 9

1968 (Round 1) St Helens 0 Huddersfield 5

1962 (Round 2) St Helens 2 Huddersfield 13

1954 (Round 2) Huddersfield 12 St Helens 5

1953 (FINAL) Huddersfield 15 St Helens 10

(at Wembley Stadium)

1937 (Round 1) St Helens 4 Huddersfield 11

1924 (Round 2) Huddersfield 24 St Helens 13

1915 (FINAL) Huddersfield 37 St Helens 3

(at Watersheddings, Oldham)

1913 (Round 1) St Helens 0 Huddersfield 19

Last meeting:

Huddersfield 25 St Helens 16 (SLR17, 3/6/13)


Saints hope to have a quartet of injured players back for today's game, plus the previously suspended Kyle Amor.

Nathan Brown will have a selection headache after the way his depleted team played last week.


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