Huddersfield Dominate Trinity

All of a sudden and people are talking about Huddersfield Giants, as they emerge from early season anonymity to stake a claim as a real threat to some of super leagues big guns.

Jermaine McGillvary returned to his international best with a superb treble in this 40 points to 28 victory over close rivals Wakefield Trinity. That makes it six try”s in two games for Huddersfield’s prize asset and what a superb finisher he is.

Giants coach Simon Woolford seems to have worked wonders since his mid season arrival and the signing of Suaia Matagi will add strength and depth to this Huddersfield team.

The Giants dominated from early on and the great potential of Lee Gaskell seems finally to have been fully realised as he fed Jordan Turner who in turn got the ball to Jordan Rankin for an early score. The ever reliable Danny Brough added the two and Huddersfield were 6-0 up.

Wakefield however responded within minutes when Ben Jones Bishop got on the end of a Ryan Hampshire kick to take the four, with Hampshire equalising with a marvellous touchline conversion.

With Matty Ashurst in the Sin Bin for ten minutes the giants took full advantage when Alex Mellor crashed over from close range. This was followed by the first of McGillvary’s hat rick when he showed strength and style to finish in the corner .

With a Bill Tupou response in the 24th minutes Huddersfield hit back with two try’s from both wingers, the Maestro McGillvary and his young apprentice Darnell McIntosh

The treble came for McGillvary just after the break and the Giants had the game sealed with their 7th try of the game when Ukuma Ta’ai crossed for a four pointer. Danny Brough kicking five conversions to take Huddersfield to a resounding 40 points to 10 lead.

Whilst the game was over Wakefield finished strongly with scores from Pauli Pauli, Justin Horo and Tom Johnstone with Hampshire’s conversions taking the final score to 40 points to 28. Flattering perhaps for a well beaten Wakefield team , but coach Simon Woolford needs to take care of this defensive frailty if the Giants are to take full advantage of this current run of form .

Wakefield remain something of an enigma and need greater consistency if they are to worry teams in the super eights .

Huddersfield Giants: Rankin; McGillvary, Cudjoe, Turner, McIntosh; Gaskell, Brough; Clough, O'Brien, Lawrence, Mellor, Murphy, Ferguson.

Replacements: Hinchcliffe, Ta'ai, English, Roberts.

Wakefield Trinity: Jowitt; Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Tupou, Johnstone; Miller, Hampshire; Hirst, Randell, Fifita, Batchelor, Ashurst, Horo.

Replacements: Annakin, Pauli, Huby, Arona.


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