Huddersfield Giants claimed a 36-18 win over Leigh Centurions at Leigh Sports Village to book their place in the Quarter-Finals of the Challenge Cup.
Huddersfield took the lead inside six minutes, as Kenny Edwards got on the end of a kick to score. Jake Wardle kicked the conversion to open up a six-point lead.
Six minutes later, the Giants doubled their lead, as Sam Wood went over in the corner. Wardle was again on target with the conversion.
Soon after, Huddersfield extended their lead further as Wardle kicked a penalty from 30m out, after Leigh were called for an obstruction.
The visitors scored again on the 20-minute mark, as Jermaine McGillvary got the ball and scored in the corner. Wardle missed the conversion, meaning Huddersfield were 18 ahead.
Just before the half-hour, Leigh hit back as Jordan Thompson got over from close range. Ben Reynolds scored the conversion to bring the Centurions back within 12 points.
But that was short lived, as Wardle kicked another penalty to make it a three-score game again. This time, Leigh were caught offside.
Just two minutes later, Huddersfield found themselves a man light, after Luke Yates was sent to the sin bin after a late hit on Ryan Brierley.
When the Giants got back to full strength, they were able to stretch their lead further, as McGillvary finished off another good move in the corner. Wardle was off-target with the conversion, meaning it stayed a three-score game.
It did not stay that way for long, as Huddersfield claimed their fifth try, as Wood took in a cutout pass and claimed his second try of the afternoon. Wardle missed the extras for the third time.
Just past the hour, Leigh grabbed their second try, and it was Nathan Peats, marking his debut for his new club who got the try. He managed to charge down a kick and get to the ball and score. Reynolds kicked the conversion to get Leigh back within 16 points.
Four minutes later, Leigh got their tails up and got another one back, Thompson got over for his second of the afternoon. Reynolds converted to leave just 10 points in the contest.
Soon after, it was Leigh who found themselves down to 12 men, as Adam Sidlow was sent into the bin after a hit on Owen Trout.
Huddersfield then took back control of the contest, as McGillvary completed his hat-trick after a good finish in the corner. Wardle missed the conversion attempt.
With three minutes left, the Giants got their final try, as Lee Gaskell managed to get through. He couldn’t convert, meaning their winning margin remained 18 points.
Both sides are back in Super League action next week. Leigh travel to Castleford Tigers, while Huddersfield travel to Hull KR. Both matches are on Friday.
Leigh Centurions: Blake Wallace, Keanan Brand, Craig Mullen, Iain Thornley, Lewis Tierney, Ben Reynolds, Ryan Brierley, Ben Flower, Liam Hood, Adam Sidlow, Ben Hellewell, Matty Gee, Tyrone McCarthy.
Subs: Nathan Peats, Jordan Thompson, Mark Ioane, Nate Peteru.
Head Coach: John Duffy.
Huddersfield Giants: Darnell McIntosh, Jermaine McGillvary, Jake Wardle, Leroy Cudjoe, Sam Wood, Lee Gaskell, Jack Cogger, Luke Yates, James Cunningham, Jack Ashworth, Chris McQueen, Kenny Edwards, Josh Jones.
Subs: Matty English, Owen Trout, Adam O’Brien, Michael Lawrence.
Head Coach: Ian Watson.