Leeds Rhinos 12-31 Huddersfield Giants

Leeds Rhinos 12-31 Huddersfield Giants


An inspired second half performance ensured a first league win since February for Huddersfield on Thursday, as they overcame Leeds Rhinos 31-12 on a damp evening at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

The Giants looked to put on some pressure early, gaining good field position following a Danny Brough 40/20 and a Ryan Hall knock on. But Brough’s last tackle grubber was comfortably pouched by 17-year-old fullback Jack Walker to extinguish the threat.

Despite the early danger, the Rhinos managed to get a grip on the game and broke the deadlock on 13 minutes. Livewire hooker Matt Parcell darted over from dummy half for his eighth try of the season. Kallum Watkins was on kicking duty and made no mistake with his first effort.

Huddersfield were in a determined mood, however, and soon found themselves in front with two tries in quick succession. Firstly, Alex Mellor took advantage of a Rhinos knock on on their own line, poking through a neat grubber for Jake Mamo to chase and score.

Before Kruise Leeming followed up his own 40/20 to dive over from close range. Brough converted both tries to make it 12-6 to Huddersfield.

Their joy was short lived, though, as the Rhinos levelled things up again on the half hour mark. Jack Walker backed up Stevie Ward’s break, before sidestepping Mamo at fullback and offloading for Joel Moon to score, despite the pass ricocheting off Darnell McIntosh in the process.

Much like the rest of the half, the last 10 minutes were fraught with errors which neither side were able to capitalise on, leaving the scores at 12-12 at the break.

The second half took a while to liven up, but the visitors certainly came out quicker. And after some good pressure on the Leeds line, their hard worked paid off with yet another quickfire double.

Dale Ferguson skilfully grounded Adam O’Brien’s grubber kick just short of the dead ball line, before Darnell McIntosh streaked away down the left wing on the back of another Rhinos mistake. Brough converted both, before extending the gap just moments later with a drop goal to make it 25-12.

And the Huddersfield points haul continued 10 minutes from time, as Oliver Roberts went over for the Giants’ fifth try of the night. A quick play the ball allowed the second rower to run from dummy half, before ploughing his way through some weak Rhinos defence to get the ball down. Brough kept up his 100% record with the boot moments later.

The Rhinos tried all they could in the last 10, consistently hammering the Giants’ line. But Rick Stone’s side were up to the challenge and managed to keep their opponents out to seal a crucial victory. Huddersfield fans will be hoping this is the game that turns their season around.

Referee: Chris Kendall

Attendance: 13,169

Scoring Sequence: 6-0, 6-6, 6-12, 12-12, 12-18, 12-24, 12-25, 12-31

Written by Jack Conlon.

Leeds Rhinos

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
2Tom BriscoeWing000000
3Kallum WatkinsCentre020000
4Joel MoonScrum Half100000
5Ryan HallWing000000
6Danny McGuireStand Off000000
8Keith Galloway 17Prop000000
9Matt Parcell 7Hooker100000
10Adam Cuthbertson 13Loose Forward000000
11Jamie Jones-BuchananSecond Row000000
15Brett DelaneySecond Row000000
20Anthony Mullally 16Prop000000
22Ash HandleyCentre000000
31Jack WalkerFull Back000000
7Rob Burrow 9Interchange000000
13Stevie Ward 10Interchange000000
16Brad Singleton 20Interchange000000
17Mitch Garbutt 8Interchange000000
 Total 220000

Huddersfield Giants

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Jake MamoFull Back100000
2Jermaine McGillvaryWing000000
5Aaron MurphyCentre000000
6Danny BroughStand Off051001
9Ryan HinchcliffeLoose Forward000000
10Shannon Wakeman 18Prop000000
12Dale Ferguson 29Second Row100000
14Kruise Leeming 31Hooker100000
15Sebastine Ikahihifo 20Prop000000
16Oliver RobertsSecond Row100000
23Sam WoodScrum Half000000
24Darnell McIntoshWing100000
30Alex MellorCentre000000
18Paul Clough 10Interchange000000
20Daniel Smith 15Interchange000000
29Matty English 12Interchange000000
31Adam O’Brien 14Interchange000000
 Total 551001

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
April 27, 2017 8:00 pm Super League 2017 Thursday


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Leeds Rhinos12012
Huddersfield Giants121931

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