Huddersfield Giants ended their losing run with an entertaining 40-26 win over Hull FC at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Hull took the lead with just over three minutes on the clock. The ball was adjudged to be stripped from Ben McNamara, and fell to Andre Savelio, who then got the ball to Carlos Tuimavave, who cut inside to score. Marc Sneyd scored the conversion to open up a six-point lead.
However, it took Huddersfield just four minutes to get level. Jermaine McGillvary managed to spin out of the tackle of Miteli Vulikijapani and got the ball down on the line. Olly Russell couldn’t convert, meaning they still trailed by two points.
Just a few minutes later, Huddersfield hit the front for the first time. Nathan Peats went for the line out of dummy half, and got over from short range. Russell was on-target with the conversion attempt to open up a four-point lead.
That lead would last for just six minutes. Sneyd aimed a kick towards the corner, and Vulikijapani rose highest and managed to reach out for the try-line. Sneyd converted to put Hull back in front by two points.
Hull extended their lead just before the half-hour. Sneyd kicked for the corner once again, and Mahe Fonua this time batted the ball back for Jordan Lane to score. Sneyd hit the post with his conversion attempt.
Soon after, Huddersfield got themselves back into the game again. Russell’s kick was batted down by Jake Wardle, and Luke Yates ran onto the ball to score. Russell hit the post with his conversion attempt, meaning the Giants still trailed by two points.
Just three minutes later, Huddersfield grabbed their fourth try. Will Pryce spotted a gap and ran through it to score in abck-to-back home games. Russell was wide with the conversion attempt.
Huddersfield grabbed another try in what turned out to be the final act of the half. Russell’s kick over the top of the defence was grounded by McGillvary for his second try. Russell hit the post with his conversion attempt for the second time.
The Giants got the crucial first try of the second half as well 10 minutes in. Russell put a kick in that split the defence, and McGillvary slid over to complete his hat-trick. Russell was back on target with the conversion.
Hull then shot themselves in the foot with just under 25 minutes to go. Ligi Sao was sent to the sin bin after a high tackle on Sam Hewitt.
However, just three minutes later, Hull hit back. Leroy Cudjoe spilled the ball on halfway, and Vulikijapani collected and scored in the corner. Sneyd was off-target with his conversion attempt.
From their next play, Sneyd kicked a big 40/20 to get the Black and Whites back on the front foot. But they couldnt make the most of the opportunity.
Huddersfield were able to get the next try and seal the game. Russell aimed a kick behind the defence and McGillvary slid onto it to complete his hat-trick. Russell scored the resulting conversion.
Just after the hour, the Giants added another. Russell threw out a cutout ball to McGillvary, who cut back inside to score his fourth try. Russell then converted.
Huddersfield definitely made the game safe with seven minutes to go, getting their eighth try of the night. Louis Senior passed inside to Leroy Cudjoe, who shrugged off a tackle, and went through the gap to score. Russell added the conversion.
However, it was Hull FC who would have the last scoring word. Chris Satae came on to a pass from Danny Houghton and scored under the posts. Sneyd kicked the conversion.
Just as the game was about to end, the players came together again. This time, Josh Jones and Savelio were both sent off for their parts in a brawl.
Huddersfield now face a short turnaround before travelling to Challenge Cup winners St Helens on Wednesday night. As for Hull, they welcome Leeds Rhinos on Thursday.
Huddersfield Giants: Ashton Golding, Jermaine McGillvary, Leroy Cudjoe, Jake Wardle, Louis Senior, Olly Russell, Will Pryce, Luke Yates, Nathan Peats, Oliver Wilson, Josh Jones, Chris McQueen, Owen Trout.
Subs: Sam Wood, Sam Hewitt, Robson Stevens, Nathaniel Peteru.
Head Coach: Ian Watson
Hull FC: Adam Swift, Miteli Vulikijapani, Carlos Tuimavave, Mahe Fonua, Cameron Scott, Ben McNamara, Marc Sneyd, Chris Satae, Danny Houghton, Ligi Sao, Andre Savelio, Jordan Lane, Brad Fash.
Subs: Jordan Johnstone, Josh Bowden, Jack Brown, Aiden Burrell.
Head Coach: Brett Hodgson.