A quickfire start from St Helens proved enough to see off Huddersfield in their opening play-off encounter.
Mick Potter’s men went in to the game on the back of four defeats in their last five matches, including August’s Challenge Cup semi-final defeat to the Giants, but they gained revenge in this match to send them through to the semi-finals.
Saints took the lead inside two minutes when Liam Fulton was forced in to a panic play on the last tackle, and Tony Puletua snaffled the departing Australians loose offload and raced away for a try which was converted by Kyle Eastmond.
Brett Hodgson got what proved to be Huddersfield’s only points of the match on ten minutes when he slotted over a long-range penalty, but they found themselves 10-2 down moments later when Leon Pryce sliced through the defence.
In the second half, Huddersfield battled bravely to find a way back in to the match and dominated field position at times, but they couldn’t break down the resolute Saints defence.
Long sealed the win ten minutes from time with a drop goal as Saints put the demons of their poor end to the regular season behind them.