Huddersfield Giants produced a stunning performance to thrash Hull FC 55-2 at Magic Weekend.
It took the Giants just seven minutes to open the scoring as Joe Wardle took advantage of some poor defending from the Black and Whites. Oliver Russell converted to stretch their lead out to six points.
Not to be outdone by his brother, Jake Wardle then got on the scoresheet himself just ten minutes later. Russell missed the conversion but the Giants made it into double figures.
Huddersfield kept up their record in scoring every ten minutes in the game as Adam O’Brien managed to touch down from dummy half. Russell converted the try to make it a 16 point lead.
The Cowbell Army didn’t have to wait as long for their next try as just four minutes later, Darnell McIntosh showed good feet to get over the try line. Russell missed the conversion this time, but it was still a 20 point lead for the Giants.
A 20 point lead then soon became a 21 point lead as Russell knocked a drop goal in off the post.
Then in a bizarre twist before the break, when Hull were given a penalty on the hooter, they elected to take the two points, despite being a considerable margin behind. Marc Sneyd made no mistake with the penalty to leave the last word of the half to the Black and Whites.
The first try of the second half was always going to be crucial and it was the Giants who got it four minutes in to all but end it as a contest. O’Brien took advantage of more slack defence to get over from dummy half. Russell converted again to make it a four try lead.
Then ten minutes later, the Giants surpassed 30 points as McIntosh got in for his second try of the game. Russell was once again on target to give the Giants an ever increasing lead.
The Giants then went further in front five minutes later as Alex Mellor was to get down under pressure from the Hull defence, the try was later confirmed by the video referee. Russell converted to edge his side closer to 40 points.
Ten minutes later they did get to 40 points as Jermaine McGillvary finished off a flowing move out wide. Russell scored the conversion to bring their lead up to 43 points.
There was even time for a new try scorer as Aaron Murphy managed to get down on the 70 minute mark. Russell missed the conversion this time, but it didn’t matter in the grand scheme of the game.
Huddersfield were having fun and grabbed one more try before the end as McGillvary got his second try to put the icing on the cake for a fantastic victory. Russell was once again on target to bring the Giants onto 55 points.
It was a real statement victory for the Giants, putting them just two points off the playoffs and leaving the bottom three further adrift. They have a week off now before travelling to Castleford Tigers on 7th June.
As for Hull, they remain in fourth place, but will no doubt be concerned by the fact that this was their third 50+ defeat of the season. They host Catalans Dragons on Thursday in the Challenge Cup.