Friday night saw Catalans Dragons travel to the John Smiths’ Stadium to face Huddersfield Giants as both sides look to recover from close losses.
The Dragons fell short at home to unbeaten Warrington whilst Huddersfield suffered a one point loss to Rohan Smith’s Rhinos at Headingley.
Huddersfield named an unchanged side whilst the Dragons saw the return of Sam Tomkins, albeit with the full-back starting from the bench.
In the absence of Tomkins and the injured Tyrone May and Mitchell Pearce, it fell upon NRL signing Adam Keighran to become the spark for the Dragons.
He was in action with the boot early on as he converted Tom Johnstone’s 10th try of the season on the 10 minute mark.
Sam Halsall picked up his first and second tries for Huddersfield either side of an Adam Keighran penalty, the former Wigan man bagging his first in the 21st and his second 15 minutes later.
Jake Connor went one from two with his kicks meaning the home side went in leading 10-8 however they extended that lead within 10 minutes of the second forty getting underway.
Harvey Livett was the recipient of a crash ball from Tui Lolohea and with Connor’s conversion the Giants opened up a two score lead at 16-8.
That didn’t last long though with Laguerre scoring jus four minutes later with the brilliant Keighran once again adding the extras to change the deficit from two score to just two points.
The Giants took two from a penalty ten minutes later but then they spread the game via a brilliant try by Kevin Naiqama who scored under the sticks on the 70 minute mark to help make it 24-14.
It was this try that had Jon Wilkin stunned by the brilliance of Chris McQueen. Evergreen it was his offload that set Naiqama up. He has been a top backrower in Super League for years and Wilkin said he is “unreal”:
“This is when I like Huddersfield when they drift across the field and Jake Connor and Will Pryce get on the ball.
“But how good is Chris McQueen by the way? He is unreal is Chris McQueen so good and what an offload for Kevin Naiqama.”
With that converted try the game was all but confirmed as a home win, and it was a much-needed one as well given that the Giants had only won one of their four home games prior to tonight.
A penalty from Jake Connor in the last minute added the cherry on top of the win.
It marked a huge win for the Giants but also a third loss from four for Catalans whose injury problems seem to have finally caught up with them after winning their first five.