FULL back Lachlan Coote produced another top drawer display as Saints stretched their winning start to six matches after seeing off Huddersfield Giants 40-12.

Coach Justin Holbrook was quick to pay tribute to Coote's contribution to the victory as Saints made it six wins out of six after running away with it in the second half.

Safe as houses as the last line of defence and linking up well with the halves and kicking shrewdly in attack, Coote gets better each passing week.

Holbrook said: "He's doing a great job. He's got a much bigger role in our team than he used to have when he was playing with Johnathan Thurston, where he was playing second or third fiddle role in that side at North Queensland Cowboys.

"He has a lot more responsibility which he's enjoying. He's been great for us already but he's only going to get better. The more he plays the better he will get with the combinations.

"The way Jonny, Theo and Cootey have kept us calm in attack has been fantastic. Everyone else is working so hard but they are in control of our team"

Saints had been in a battle in the first half with tries from the direct running of Luke Thompson and Morgan Knowles being cancelled out by tries from Giants right edge Jermaine McGillvary and Jordan Turner.

But just before half-time big plays at each end from Mark Percival saw him deny Giants at one end and then touch down Jonny Lomax's grubber at the other to give them a16-12 interval lead.

"It was great for Percy to get that one just before half-time," Holbrook said.

"We created a few chances but weren't good enough to finish them off and we were lucky to be just in front at half-time.

"I thought we did a really good job in the second half. I was really pleased with the way they went about it.

"I'm really happy with the way we've started the year, especially with the new players we brought in.

"The performances they are putting out are fantastic, we just want to keep going the way we are."