11th April 2019


Huddersfield Giants 20-18 Castleford Tigers

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Lee Gaskell, Joe Wardle and Aaron Murphy returned to the Giants side after injury for the West Yorkshire derby with Castleford Tigers at the John Smith’s Stadium in the Sky televised Thursday night fixture looking to get back to winning ways after last week’s narrow loss to Wakefield.

The game began disastrously for the Giants when Kruise Leeming’s pass on halfway was snapped up by Greg Eden who raced away for a try goaled by Peter Mata’utia inside 2 minutes. A blow for the Tigers though was an injury to Grant Millington.  Stung by the early reverse the Giants fought back and quickly levelled when excellent passing and support play prompted by Lee Gaskell put Alex Mellor through the Tigers defence on the right for a fine try, Darnell McIntosh adding the extras. As the Giants kept up the pressure a Frawley kick to the in goal area forced a goal line drop out and then when the Giants swept through the defence again the Video Ref ruled out a score for obstruction.

A whole series of penalties incurred by both teams meant that there was a fragmented encounter and on 33 minutes Peter Mata’utia kicked a penalty goal to edge the Tigers 2 points ahead. Oliver Roberts then had to leave the field for a head test assessment before Jermaine McGillvary dived over in the right corner only for the Video Ref to overrule the on=field referee and cross out a score. Half time came with no further addition to the score but the Giants could feel disappointed to be behind after an intense but scrappy 40 minutes with far too many penalties.

The Giants started the second half strongly and quickly prised open the Tigers defence on their left, Alex Mellor going over for his second try of the evening with Darnell McIntosh adding the extras to put the Giants 4 points to the good. The lead did not last long though as the Giants incurred the wrath of the referee conceding 3 consecutive penalties and being placed on a Team Warning. The field position gained by the Tigers enabled Matt Cook to force his way over by the posts for a try, Peter Mata’utia adding the extras and going 2 points in front.

That lead too did not last long as the Tigers were then penalised, and Darnell McIntosh levelled with a goal. The topsy turvy contest continued with another Darnell McIntosh penalty goal edging the Giants 2 points in front levelled on 63 minutes with a Peter Mata’utia 40 metre penalty goal for the Tigers.

On 66 minutes another Mata’utia penalty goal swung the game back the Tigers way but the Giants were to have the final word, this time a fine try on the right for Alex Mellor, a hat trick for the evening, and although the conversion attempt failed the Giants had a narrow 2 point advantage. The last 5 minutes saw the Giants frantically defending 2 goal line dropouts but they remained firm and a thrilling encounter ended with Giants supporters on their feet to applaud a deserved win even if it had been scrappy.

Referee: B Thaler


Half time score: Giants 6 Castleford Tigers 8

Full time score: Giants 20 Castleford Tigers 18



Giants: Tries: Mellor (3)

Goals: McIntosh (4)


Castleford Tigers: Tries:Eden, Cook

Goals: Mata’utia (5)


Giants Man of the Match: Alex Mellor


Penalties conceded:

Giants 15 Castleford Tigers 13

Goal line drop outs conceded:

Giants 3 Castleford Tigers 1


Weather: Dry, cool

Temperature: 7C


Attendance: 4684

Heikki Kovalainen




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