Giants Hold Off Hull

This was a superb win for the Huddersfield giants who fully deserved their 29-18 victory against a hard working , yet under strength hull team .

Huddersfield demonstrated tenacity and strength for the full eighty and looked like a dominant all round team .This was a good , solid victory orchestrated by Danny Brough , who at 35 remains a man of influence.

The opening 15 minutes saw Hull in the ascendancy with some strong attacks on the Giants line . The Huddersfield defensive line was highly impressive and managed to contain some substantial pressure before Danny Brough opened the Hull defence up with an astute pass for Daniel Smith who waltzed over the line untouched and the Hull defenders nowhere to be seen.

Brough added the two but Hull’s response was swift with high scoring bureta Faraimo getting on the end of an Albert Kelly kick, for his 13th Super League try of the year. A nonchalant Jake Connor took the two and maintained his excellent kicking record in the absence of Mark Sneyd .With a very strong interchange the Giants then took a firm and commanding control of the rest of the half ably led by Ikahihifo, Murphy ,Lawrence and Ta’ai who continually pressurised the Hull defensive line.

The next Giants' score saw hard working, Aaron Murphy, take a difficult Lee Gaskell grubber and four minutes later Jordan Rankin stepped through a bewildered Hull defence for a magnificently skillful score. Brough added the goal and then a further drop goal to give the giants a much deserved 19-6 half time score.

The second half saw much of the same, with the Giants impressive in all areas. Winger Darnell McIntosh appeared to be in the clear when a superbly timed ankle tap by hakim Miloudi certainly saved a long range effort and a nailed on try, but McIntosh was not to be denied a second time, when an excellent backline passing movement saw Gaskell and Wardle move the ball wide at pace and the even quicker winger go over in the corner. Brough again converted and the game appeared lost to a Hull side who seemed to struggle in the middle.

However Hull were to respond with the strong running Miloudi, who managed to see off several defenders before managing to ground the ball. The conversion brought Hull F.C. to within striking distance with a 13 point deficit and perhaps that Brough drop goal would prove critical .

England winger, Jermaine McGillvary, showing some of his international form was denied a few minutes later after Young Hull winger Jack Logan  had put a foot in touch whilst throwing the ball blindly into play,  however, Huddersfield were not to be denied as McIntosh showed thrilling speed to take full back Miloudi on the outside and celebrate his 21st birthday with a fine double .

Houghton managing a final try with a tiring Giants defence, the try  again converted to give Huddersfield a fairly convincing 29-18 victory.Coach Simon Woolford will be pleased with the nature of this Huddersfield victory with strong defensive lines for most of the game and plenty of options in attack.

Hull tried hard but key men Albert Kelly and Danny Houghton were in and out of the game and never took direct control.

Huddersfield: Rankin, McGillvary, Gaskell, Wardle, McIntosh, Turner, Brough, Ta'ai, O'Brien, Lawrence, Mellor, Murphy, Smith.

Replacements: Ikahihifo, Hinchcliffe, Roberts, Clough.

Hull FC: Miloudi, Faraimo, Scott, Tuimavave, Logan, Kelly, Connor, Paea, Houghton, Taylor, Hadley, Minichiello, Green.

Replacements: Washbrook, Fash, Downs, Matongo.


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