Huddersfield Giants started their Super 8s campaign with a convincing 36-6 victory over Wakefield Trinity at the John Smith’s Stadium. With Danny Brough running the show for the Giants, coach Rick Stone will be hoping for more of the same over the next six weeks while there is massive room for improvement for Chris Chester’s Trinity.
The hosts got off to a stormer with two tries in the early going. A mistake from Ben Jones-Bishop gifted Brough the opening four-pointer of the game in the sixth minute. The Scottish international couldn’t convert but he made amends by assisting Darnell McIntosh’s over the whitewash before converting from the tee. With 14 minutes remaining of the first period, Ryan Hinchcliffe made it a three score game as he touched down after a mistake from Wakefield prop James Hasson. Brough added the extras for 16-0. The half-back was called upon soon after as Huddersfield won a penalty in kicking distance, and he didn’t need a second invitation to extend his side’s lead. Trinity got off the mark when Sam Williams touched down before Jordan Rankin, giving the visiting fans a little something to cheer. Liam Finn converted the final points of the half, with Wakefield 18-6 behind.
Brough furthered the Giants’ lead to 14 points after the restart thanks to a penalty goal, coming after David Fifita didn’t clear the ruck to the referee’s liking. In the final quarter, Leroy Cudjoe and Jermaine McGillvary notched Huddersfield’s fourth and fifth tries of the evening as they asserted their dominance on the match. Brough added the extras on one occasion. Two minutes were left on the clock when Daniel Smith added more salt into Wakefield’s wounds with the final try of the contest. Brough converted to round off a great evening for Huddersfield.