Giants Second Half Surge Secures Victory

This game was tight from the word go, Huddersfield looking to make a fast start once more to disrupt Hull's focus, creating an overlap for Darnell McIntosh on the left edge, the winger swiftly denied by scrambling cover from Sika Manu and Liam Harris.

Hull's first shot at the Giants's line would see them leave with a renewed set of six, Harris dabbing a grubber into the in goal area and pinning the Huddersfield fullback behind his own line to earn another chance at points. The Giants then adding pressure on themselves with a high shot on Minichiello, uncharacteristically Hull opting to run the ball instead of taking the 2.

That decision wouldn't pay dividends as the resolute Giants' defence kept out the onslaught of attacking drives inside their 10 metre zone, Huddersfield holding out and bringing the ball back off their own line.

After 20 minutes of play it was clear that the message cascaded to the team was that defence would win this game for either side, Hull firing off their line to deny Jermaine McGilvary close to the line and force the error, the Giants doing the same to Tuimavave, a high intensity affair rearing it's head as neither side was able to break the other.

The 25th minute would bring the clearest cut chance of the game, Brough stabbing a kick into the in goal area for an onrushing Oliver Roberts, the Irish international somehow denied by a desperate Josh Griffin as he sprawled for the ball and denying Huddersfield from registering points.

Huddersfield would neglect their opportunity to register easy points on the 33rd minute, opting to tap and go instead of shooting for the sticks from 25 metres out and in front of the posts. The gamble very nearly paying off from Simon Woolford's men, Jordan Rankin over the line but the Giants once more denied by stubborn defence, Shaul wrapping the ball up and keeping it off the stripe, the Giants knocking on in the next tackle.

On the stroke of halftime, a moment of pure confusion, the Black and White's thought they had scored when Jordan Rankin spilled Harris' kick through and Lane pounced, the referee blowing the whistle to declare a Hull player inside 10 metres instead of awarding the try, the bewildered Hull player's left shaking their heads. The sides going into the half at 0-0, missed opportunities no doubt the common theme of the team talk behind closed doors.
It wouldn't take long for the first try of the game after the break, Hull knocking on and handing possession over to the the Giants in a strong position, Huddersfield making no mistake this time as Danny Brough played through Alex Mellor with a well timed pass to open the scoring, Brough converting.

The Giants had clearly gotten a confidence boost from the Black and White's once, Huddersfield crossing again minutes later, Adam O'Brien with a brilliant line break as he cut Hull right up the middle, Lee Gaskell in support to receive the ball and race home, Brough converting once more to make it 12-0.

Huddersfield had well and truly come alive in the second half, Jordan Turner going close before Gaskell was brought down chasing his own grubber, the referee giving the penalty and Brough adding a further 2 points to the scoreboard, 14-0 Huddersfield with 30 minutes left to play.

Hull would look to begin closing the gap when Bureta Faraimo received the ball in space and cut back inside a covering man, the Hull winger squeezing in and avoiding the cover defence, Faraimo converting his own try.

Huddersfield would deliver the killer blow with 10 minutes left to play, Jermaine McGilvary breaking down the right hand side, offloading inside to Ryan Hinchcliffe as he began to run out of playing room, Hinchcliffe putting down to push Huddersfield out to a 20-6 lead with Brough's 4th successful conversion.

Ukuma Ta'ai surging over the Hull line to put the fullstop on the game with 5 minutes left, Darnell McIntosh converting the try to see the Giants off the field 26-6 winners after a second half point spree.


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