Match Report

Super League
Friday 24th March 2017, 20:00
Super League - Round: 6
Super League
Huddersfield Giants

Huddersfield Giants

(12) 12


Leeds Rhinos

(18) 28

Leeds Rhinos

2 Trys

Ukuma Ta'ai, Jermaine McGillvary,



Tom Briscoe, Ryan Hall, Carl Ablett, Matt Parcell, Jordan Baldwinson,

2 Goals

Danny Brough 2,


Goals 4

Ashton Golding 2, Liam Sutcliffe 2,



D Goals 0


Attendance: 8,666  Official: B Thaler  Venue: The John Smith's Stadium

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Action Timeline

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Full Time Report


Dale Ferguson returned to the Giants side for the visit of West Yorkshire neighbours Leeds Rhinos to the John Smith’s Stadium with Oliver Roberts dropping to the Substitutes Bench, this being the only change from the team which had drawn at Wigan last time out.Conditions were ideal for a fast open game of Rugby League football with little or no breeze.

Early exchanges were even but suddenly on 6 minutes the Rhinos struck. Following a goal line drop out the ball was moved quickly to the right as an overlap was created, Tom Briscoe touching down. Ashto Golding missed the conversion but 5 minutes later he was adding the extras to a Ryan Hall try touching down a Brett Ferres kick to the in-goal area. The 10 point lead did not last long though as the Giants hit back on 20 minutes with 2 tries in 3 minutes. First following a penalty Lee Gaskell broke through and put Ukuma Ta’ai  over by the posts and then Lee Gaskell created space on the right with Jermaine McGillvary crossing wide out, Danny Brough adding the extras to both tries. That 2 point advantage did not last long however with Carl Ablett seizing the opportunity to break through and touch down when a Giants defender moved out of the defensive line leaving a wide gap and then Matt Parcell touching down as the Giants defence failed to diffuse a kick through to the in-goal area. Ashton Golding failed with both conversion attempts, the second kick coming back off a post. The Giants had opportunities to score before the half time hooter but errors in possession and unfavourable bounces of the ball denied them and half time arrived with the Rhinos leading by 6 points.

It had been a lively first half with defences struggling and a host of errors by both sides with the result very much in the balance.

The second half began scrappily and with 5 minutes gone a scuffle between Danny Brough and Carl Ablett resulted in both players being sinbinned. Errors by both teams and in particular by the Giants became the order of the day,10 being made by the Giants in the half. The only second half scores were a Sutcliffe penalty goal for the Rhinos on 71 minutes and then a Baldwinson try by the posts on virtually the last play of the half, Sutcliffe adding the extras. The Giants had their chances but crucial errors let them down.

It had been an untidy encounter with the final scoreline probably flattering the Rhinos but the Giants need to tighten up defensively and eradicate the errors, particularly next time out, at Castleford on Friday 31 March kick off 8.00pm.

Giants: McIntosh, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Mellor, Murphy, Brough, Gaskell, Rapira, Leeming, Ikahihifo, Ferguson, Ta'ai, Clough

Interchanges: Hinchcliffe, Wakeman, Roberts, Smith

Tries: Ta’ai, McGillvary

Goals: Brough 2

Rhinos: Golding, Briscoe, Watkins, Keinhorst, Hall, McGuire, Moon, Baldwinson, Parcell, Cuthbertson, Ablett, Ferres, Jones-Buchanan

Interchanges: Burrow, Sutcliffe, Garbutt, Mullally 

Tries: Briscoe, Hall, Ablett, Parcell, Baldwinson

Goals: Goulding 2, Sutcliffe 2



Referee: Ben Thaler


Half time score: Giants 12  Leeds Rhinos 18

Full Time Score: Giants 12  Leeds Rhinos 28


Giants Man of the Match: Lee Gaskell


Penalties conceded: Giants 8  Leeds Rhinos 8

Goal line drop outs conceded: Giants 1 Leeds Rhinos 2


Weather: Dry, cold

Temperature: 4C


Attendance: 8666




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