Huddersfield Giants leapfrogged Catalans Dragons to move out of the relegation zone with a superb 56-12 victory at Stade Gilbert Brutus. Rick Stone’s men were in front from the 13th minute onwards and never looked in much trouble thanks to a complete team performance, starring Jake Mamo who scored four tries.
Despite the French club forcing a goal line dropout in the opening stages, it was Huddersfield who struck first courtesy of Aaron Murphy on 13 minutes. A smooth offload from Dale Ferguson gave the winger enough room to score in the corner. Brough couldn’t convert but he made amends soon after as Shannon Wakeman muscled over to dot down underneath the sticks. At 10-0, everything was bright for the West Yorkshire side and things got even better when Brough finished off a slick move starring Jordan Turner who sold a dummy to perfection. Ridyard added the extras for 16-0 in the 20th minute. The hosts did get on the scoresheet during the first period through the lively Tony Gigot. The full-back had too much pace for Leroy Cudjoe and the former London Bronco scythed through a gap. Luke Walsh converted to cut the deficit further. In the latter stages of the half, Huddersfield pushed for a fourth try and they won a repeat set following Ridyard’s kick which trapped Gigot in-goal. The Giants capitalised on their territory as Mamo touched down a Cudjoe grubber. Ridyard was on target with the conversion as the visitors went into the sheds 22-6 to the good.
After the restart, Brough continued to assert his dominance on the match by doubling his try tally for the afternoon. The Scotland international found a big gap in the Dragons defence and he scooted through to cross next the sticks. Ridyard converted. Huddersfield wrapped up the game before the final quarter as Mamo and Jermaine McGillvary registered four pointers in the space of two minutes. Mamo intercepted a Walsh pass to sprint the length of the field while McGillvary’s try was as simple as they come, a ball out of dummy-half and the winger was given the red carpet treatment to the whitewash. Ridyard converted one from two. In the final quarter, Mamo completed his hat-trick with a piece of magnificent skill. After taking in a sublime offload, the Aussie kicked past Gigot before regathering and diving over the chalk. Ridyard added the goal. But the full-back wasn’t done there as he scored a fourth try which came from fast hands in the middle of the field, creating another big gap for Mamo to exploit. Ridyard brought up the 50th point for Giants with another goal. Catalans and Huddersfield both exchanged tries late on as Sam Moa came up with a consolation for the hosts before McGillvary completed his brace. Myler and Ridyard converted their respective team’s tries.