22 Jul 2021

Huddersfield register tremendous win

Huddersfield Giants 40-26 Hull FC

Huddersfield Giants 40

Tries: McGillvary (4), Peats, Yates, Pryce, Cudjoe

Goals: Russell (4)

Drop Goals:

Hull FC 26

Tries: Tuimavave, Vulikijapani (2), Lane, Satae

Goals: Sneyd (3)

Drop Goals:

Huddersfield Giants: Golding, Senior, Wardle, Cudjoe, McGillvary; Pryce, Russell; Wilson, Peats, Yates; McQueen, Jones; Trout

Interchange: Hewitt, Peteru, Stevens, Wood

Hull FC: Swift; Vulikijapani, Tuimavave, Fonua, Scott; McNamara, Sneyd; Satae, Houghton, Sao; Savelio, Lane; Fash 

Interchange: Johnstone, Bowden, Brown, Burrell

Huddersfield Giants celebrated Leroy Cudjoe's 300th game for the club with a pivotal win in the Betfred Super League. 

Owen Trout was the only returnee to the Giants squad for this week's game, but attention pre-match was focused on Giants' centre Leroy Cudjoe, who celebrated his 300th Huddersfield Giants appearance with his selection for the game. Elsewhere, Jermaine McGillvary returned to the starting line-up after coming off the bench in last week's defeat to Wigan. 

Hull struck an early advantage courtesy of Carlos Tuimavave, after a tremendous offload saw the centre free to score on the right-hand side. After a short referral upstairs to the video-referee, the try was confirmed and converted by Marc Sneyd. 

The Giants hit back, however, with man of the evening Cudjoe providing the assist for Jermaine McGillvary a few minutes later, however Oliver Russell failed to add the extras. Huddersfield took the lead three-minutes after McGillvary's try, with Nathan Peats diving over from short-range, this time, however, Russell added the two from the boot. 

But the Giants lead would be short-lived as Vulikijapani scored in the corner a few minutes later, with Marc Sneyd keeping up his 100% success rate from the tee from the touchline. With 13 minutes of the first-half remaining, a kick to the corner was fumbled by Jermaine McGillvary, and Jordan Lane touched the ball down uncontested to give the Black and Whites a six point lead, with Sneyd's attempt at the extras knocked off the post.

Another kick to the corner would cause problems with eight left on the clock, this time for the Hull FC defence, as a fumble fell to a grateful Luke Yates to score left of the post. Russell would himself hit the post with the conversion, mirroring Sneyd's earlier attempt. 

Huddersfield would take the lead with a little magic from young Will Pryce with four remaining in the first half, with the half-back jinking through the Hull defence to give the Giants the lead before Huddersfield would score again a minute courtesy of Jermaine McGillvary, scoring his second of the game, and would go into the shed for the half with a six point lead. 

McGillvary would make it a hat-trick soon after half-time with another excellent try to give the Giants a ten-point lead, this time however, Russell would convert the try and make the Giants lead a twelve point one. 

Huddersfield soon had the man advantage, as Sao was sent to sin bin for a kerfuffle with Sam Hewitt, but Hull would soon get a four-pointer, courtesy of Vulikijapani again but Sneyd would be unsuccessful with the kick, and the Giants would hold their two score lead. Huddersfield would hit back as McGillvary would score again with 13 left on the clock, getting his fourth of the match, converted by Russell. 

The biggest cheer of the night would come with 5 minutes to go, as Leroy Cudjoe marked his 300th game for the Giants with a tremendous try under the posts. Oliver Russell would add the extras to give the Giants a twenty point lead with 4 on the clock. Hull would have the last word however, as Satae would score late on to reduce the arrears. 

Both sides were reduced to 12 in an incident after the final whistle that saw Josh Jones and Andre Sevelio red-carded, but the Giants would hold on and would register a vital win in the Betfred Super League season.