SAINTS can use Friday’s game against Huddersfield Giants at Headingley (6pm) as a benchmark on their performances since a return from lockdown.

The last time the teams met in March the Giants triumphed 12-10 in a scruffy game at the TWS.

Although Saints boss Kristian Woolf has highlighted a handful of key players that they have to be alert to, they will also have to have a strategy to overcome the Giants tactics that slowed them down last time.

There has been a lot of pre-match talk about Huddersfield's injury worries, but Woolf still expects the Giants to turn out a strong line-up.

Woolf said: “Huddersfield are a good team and they have shown that at different times.

“They got us earlier in the year when we were a bit off and that is something we have to learn from.

“That night they were allowed to bog the game down - it is what Huddersfield do at times and that is something we have to expect and be prepared for.”

There are doubts over Giants linchpin Aidan Sezer, but if he plays Saints will have a focus on him.

“He is a class player and they have a few who need some attention. If you don’t defend well against them they have the ability to hurt you.

“Jermaine McGilvary has been really good for a long time and is really strong in the way he starts their sets off.

“And Kenny Edwards, on the left edge, has been in some really good form for them and a good point in their attack. and James Gavet is big and physical in the middle,” he said.