Hull KR 10-38 Huddersfield Giants: Highlights, player ratings and talking points

Hull KR took on Huddersfield Giants this afternoon at Craven Park.

Rovers couldn’t have started any better, crossing through Lachlan Coote in the opening few minutes before Frankie Halton was denied what looked like a certain try.

Huddersfield hit back through two Leroy Cudjoe tries from kicks to go into the sheds at half-time with a 10-4 lead.

Luke Yates scored straight from the kick-off with Ricky Leutele scoring in the next set to make it 20-4 after just three minutes following the resumption.

Cudjoe grabbed a hat-trick before the floodgates opened up as Will Pryce and Jermaine McGillvary crossed for a 38-4 lead.

Matty Storton did grab a consolation try but it was Huddersfield’s afternoon.

Highlights

Luke Yates sprinting 60 metres from the kick-off was incredible – what a turn of pace!

Ricky Leutele’s try just after half-time was a superb off-the-cuff move.

Leroy Cudjoe hadn’t scored at all before today in 2022, then he got three!

Jermaine McGillvary scoring his 200th try in incredible fashion.

Talking points

1. Controversy

Hull KR felt they had scored twice in the opening ten minutes, but video referee Tom Grant adjudged Frankie Halton had knocked on a great kick through. It was the gamechanger to say the least as Huddersfield went up the other end and scored through Leroy Cudjoe to completely turn the screw.

2. Rovers blown away

Hull KR were absolutely blown away at the start of the second-half as the Giants registered two tries in three minutes. You could feel the pressure from the Craven Park crowd start to build.

3. Too many mistakes

Rovers made far too many mistakes if they ever wanted to win this game. From kicking out on the full, to dropping the ball straight from the scrum, Rovers were really poor in possession and were made to pay by the Giants on numerous occasions.

4. Huddersfield can win silverware

Huddersfield are a champion side, make no doubt about that. They were superb against KR in all aspects after being up against it in the opening exchanges. The Giants didn’t swerve from their game plan at all and Ian Watson can take immense credit for getting his men ready in tremendous fashion.

Player ratings

Hull KR

1 Lachlan Coote – 6
23 Ethan Ryan – 8
2 Ben Crooks – 6
4 Shaun Kenny-Dowall – 6
5 Ryan Hall – 6
20 Mikey Lewis – 6
21 Rowan Milnes – 5
10 George King – 6
9 Matt Parcell – 6
13 Matty Storton – 5
27 Frankie Halton – 5
11 Dean Hadley – 5
17 Elliot Minchella – 5
Substitutes
8 Albert Vete
14 Jez Litten – 7
18 Jimmy Keinhorst – 6
25 Greg Richards – 5

Huddersfield Giants

6 Tui Lolohea – 8
2 Jermaine McGillvary – 9
21 Leroy Cudjoe – 9
4 Ricky Leutele – 9
25 Innes Senior – 7
23 Olly Russell – 7
1 Will Pryce – 8
20 Oliver Wilson – 7
9 Danny Levi – 8
10 Michael Lawrence – 7
11 Josh Jones – 7
12 Chris McQueen – 8
14 Matty English – 7
Substitutes
5 Ashton Golding – 7
13 Luke Yates – 9
15 Joe Greenwood – 6
17 Owen Trout – 6

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