Huddersfield Giants produced a dominating performance on Saturday to defeat St Helens 40-4 at Langtree Park.
The Yorkshire outfit have recruited well over the off period, signing stars such as Stuart Fielden and Craig Kopczak, and the two were superb along with Huddersfield legend Eorl Crabtree.
The trio dominated in the middle of the park and gave captain Danny Brough the perfect platform to use his kicking game.
Tries from Jermaine McGillvary, Brett Ferres, Luke George, Larne Patrick, Shaun Lunt and a brace from England International Leroy Cudjoe put the gloss on an assured display.
The game had been billed as the professor and his apprentice after the time spent together between St Helens Head Coach Nathan Brown and the Giants Boss Paul Anderson.
However, it was a game Brown will like to forget, as Anderson had the upper hand, and showed his recruitment and tactical awareness is spot on.
While he recruited big players, and convinced Shaun Lunt to stay, Brown’s new recruits, including star singing Willie Manu, failed to click into gear.
The Giants raced into a 22-0 half-time lead and at no point in the game did the Saints look like getting back in.
Although it was only week one, the result sends out a strong message to other teams, that the boys from Huddersfield are up for the fight, and have the complete package now.
Such is the strength in-depth, last years best player Crabtree found himself on the bench. But when the side is winning, and with the rotating policy during the game, every player has a key role to play.
The result also means the Giants end their television curse on the Sky Sports Cameras and their curse away at the Saints.