A difficult season continued for St Helens on Monday evening as their ninth defeat of the season and fifth in their last six games condemned them to a lowly ninth place in the Super League table.

Such a lack of success will prompt an unusual sensation for the Saints who became accustomed to being one of the sport's dominant forces over the last decade - winning two Super League tittles, finishing runners-up on five occasions and winning four Challenge Cups.

St Helens, who have qualified for the end of season playoffs in every season since they were introduced in 1998, are now in serious danger of missing out on a top eight spot - with a one point deficit currently separating them with eighth place Hull KR.

For the Huddersfield Giants, who emerged as 25-16 victors, they now sit within just three points of the league leaders, the Wigan Warriors, and have a eleven point buffer on the first team - Leeds Rhinos - outside of the playoff places, with ten games remaining.

The Giants powered into a comfortable early lead when tries from Aaron Murphy, Joe Wardle and Dale Ferguson, all converted by Danny Brough, handed them an 18 point advantage within the first 25 minutes.

Jon Wilkin's try helped cut the gap to 12 points ahead of the half-time interval, but a second Wardle score and a Brough drop goal all but wrapped up the match before the hour mark.

Late scores from Josh Jones and Jordan Turner added some respectability to the scoreline for the Saints but in truth they were well beaten. 


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