Huddersfield 40-26 Hull FC: Player ratings and major talking points

In an exhilarating contest, Huddersfield returned to form with a win over Hull FC. The two sides shared a whopping 13 tries but the attacking talents of the Giants led them to victory as they racked up 40 points against Hull FC who went into the game as favourites.

Major Talking Points:

1. A captivating contest

On a day when plenty of rugby league fans were likely down in the dumps following a disappointing development in Australia regarding the World Cup, Huddersfield and Hull FC served up a scintillating contest. It wasn’t a game where defences shone but it kept supporters on their toes as the sides traded tries plenty of which were sheer quality. It certainly brought a smile to my face even if it was sullied by the brawl at the end which culminated in two red cards.

2. No need to panic for Hull

It could be quite easy for Hull FC fans to panic after the loss. They were up against the 11th placed Giants, expected to win and were quite simply humbled with regards to the final score line. That said, there’s no need to panic for the Black and Whites. They showed plenty of positives in the performance despite missing key players like Josh Reynolds. What’s more, the defeat could be attributed to their month without a game as they struggled to get back into the swing of things. This was an important experience for Hull. I fully expect them to get back on the horse.

3. Where’s this Huddersfield been all season?

Huddersfield have had to contend with more than most this season. The Giants have faced a damaging injury crisis in recent weeks which have left them down to the bare bones. However, we’ve never seen them produce a showing like this. Despite being without plenty of stars, the Giants played with energy, creativity and speed which saw them pick apart their opponents. If they can bottle up the philosophies of tonight’s win and apply them to the rest of the season no matter which players feature, they’ll do alright in the second half of the campaign.

Player Ratings:

Huddersfield
1 Ashton Golding – 7
2 Jermaine McGillvary – 8
3 Jake Wardle – 7
21 Leroy Cudjoe – 8
24 Louis Senior – 7
23 Oliver Russell – 9
32 Will Pryce – 7
8 Luke Yates – 9
35 Nathan Peats – 7
20 Oliver Wilson – 7
13 Josh Jones – 6
17 Chris McQueen – 6
25 Owen Trout – 7
Substitutes
27 Sam Wood – 6
28 Sam Hewitt – 9
33 Robson Stevens – 6
34 Nathaniel Peteru – 6

Hull FC
21 Adam Swift – 6
27 Mitieli Vulikijapani – 8
3 Carlos Tuimavave – 8
5 Mahe Fonua – 6
24 Cameron Scott – 6
19 Ben McNamara – 7
7 Marc Sneyd – 8
10 Chris Satae – 7
9 Danny Houghton – 7
13 Ligi Sao – 6
11 Andre Savelio – 7
16 Jordan Lane – 7
17 Brad Fash – 6
Substitutes
14 Jordan Johnstone – 6
20 Jack Brown – 6
22 Josh Bowden – 6
31 Aiden Burrell – N/A

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