4 Aug 2023

FOUR ON THE BOUNCE AS GIANTS DEMOLISH TIGERS

Huddersfield Giants made it four Super League wins in a row after a determined 0-28 victory over Castleford Tigers.

Ian Watson was dealt with a double injury blow after the victory over Hull FC, with Jermaine McGillvary and captain Luke Yates both dropping out, this paved the way for Ashton Golding to return to the line-up.

Kevin Naiqama also wasn’t passed fit during the warm-up, which meant Esan Marsters would take his place in the team.

Giants started with some early pressure, as Jake Connor kicked to the corner, Greg Eden fumbled a kick which gave us some attacking space on the Tigers line.

We would get the first score soon after, as a flowing move at the Tigers line saw Olly Russell and Jake Connor combine, the latter sending Sam Halsall in at the corner.

Soon after some superb defence on our own line, we would be awarded a six again which laid the platform for the second Giants try of the evening.

In-form Olly Russell raced into the heart of the Castleford rear-guard, and then slipped in Leroy Cudjoe who rounded Gareth Widdop to score.

Andy Last’s men would win the game’s first penalty, and test the Giants line, but it held strong with some solid defence from Tui Lolohea and Esan Marsters.

Gareth Widdop looked to set a play but dropped the ball right into the hands of Tui Lolohea who raced up to halfway.

On the back of this, some excellent play once again at the Tigers line saw a crash ball to the man of the moment, the try machine Chris McQueen who scored yet another try, smashing over.

Ian Watson’s men would take a well-deserved, solid 0-14 lead into the break after tries from Sam Halsall, Leroy Cudjoe and Chris McQueen.

It took Huddersfield some time to get going, with Cas starting the brightest and asking the questions, Jacob Miller testing Ash Golding with several high kicks, which he dealt with ease.

A carbon copy of the first try of the game then followed, with Jake Connor firing another bullet pass out to Sam Halsall who grabbed his second of the game, pushing us 0-18 clear and with two points in sight.

The next twenty minutes saw both teams locked in an arm wrestle, with around 25 minutes remaining, Castleford threw everything at the Giants, but our defence wouldn’t budge, more high kicks coming the way of Jake Connor.

You could say we took our foot of the gas, but certainly not in the dying moments, as 0-18 turned to 0-28.

Sam Halsall the beneficiary of a superb offload from Leroy Cudjoe, completing his first ever senior hat-trick.

The on-loan Tigers man Adz Milner then supported a break down-field from Ashton Golding and crashed over against his former club to put the final nail in the coffin and secure a valuable two points for Ian Watson and the Giants.

This victory ensures four wins on the spin, and a team full of confidence as we motor on in the Betfred Super League.


Final Score | Castleford Tigers 00 – 28 Huddersfield Giants


HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS – Jake Connor, Ashton Golding, Jake Bibby, Kevin Naiqama, Sam Halsall, Olly Russell, Tui Lolohea, Chris Hill, Adam Milner, Olly Wilson, Chris McQueen, Leroy Cudjoe, Matty English.

Interchanges – Nathan Peats, Joe Greenwood, Seb Ikahihifo, Sam Hewitt. 18th Man, Esan Marsters.

 

TRIES

Halsall x3, Cudjoe, McQueen, Milner

GOALS

Olly Russell 2/6

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