Huddersfield 16 Saints 17

Luke Walsh
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LUKE Walsh kicked a last-minute drop goal to earn Saints victory and a date with Leeds Rhinos in the fifth round of the Challenge Cup.

With the tie locked at 16-16 with just minutes to go the Giants’ Danny Brough thought he had won it himself when his fourth drop goal attempt, the first three charged down by Saints, looked to have sailed just inside the left-hand upright but the ref said no.

Saints then went down the other end and up popped Walsh to slot his kick right down the middle, with Brough still complaining to the ref.

Saints had got off to a flyer and taken an 8-0 lead thanks to tries by Adam Swift and Tommy Makinson and looked like they were in for another good day at the office.

But credit to the Giants, they came back at the Saints and took the lead thanks to tries by Shaun Lunt and Joe Wardle with Brough converting one of the two to give his side a 10-8 interval lead.

Lunt squeezed in again on the hour, Brough converting, to give Huddersield an eight-point lead.

The tide turned in Saints favour shortly after though when Brett Ferres was sent off for a nasty-looking spear tackle on Jonny Lomax.

Makinson then went in at the corner flag for his second which Walsh converted and Walsh added a penalty to make it 16-16.

Then came the flurry of drop goal attempts from Brough before Walsh sealed the tie and a date at Headingley against the Rhinos.