Match Report

Super League
Thursday 4th May 2017, 20:00
Super League - Round: 13
Super League
Huddersfield Giants

Huddersfield Giants

(18) 21


Castleford Tigers

(12) 26

Castleford Tigers

3 Trys

Jake Mamo 3,



Joel Monaghan, Greg Minikin, Greg Eden, Jesse Sene-Lefao,

4 Goals

Danny Brough 4,


Goals 5

Paul McShane 5,


Danny Brough,

D Goals 0


Attendance: 5,566  Official: B Thaler  Venue: The John Smith's Stadium

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Action Timeline

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Full Time Report

League leaders Castleford Tigers were the visitors to the John Smith’s Stadium for Sky TV’s Thursday Night Super League encounter to face a Giants side buoyed by last week’s success at Headingley against the Leeds Rhinos. Jermaine McGillvary, away on International duty, was replaced by Gene Ormsby, and Sam Rapira returned to the Giants side after injury.

The match began with a minute’s silence followed by applause in memory of Jennifer Davy, the wife of Club Chairman Ken Davy, whose sudden death the previous week had devastated the Club.

Both sides started somewhat nervously with errors predominating until on 8 minutes the ball was moved nicely by the Tigers and Joel Monaghan touched down wide out with Paul McShane adding a splendid conversion. The Giants hit back on 20 minutes. Danny Brough’s grubber to the in-goal area forced a goal line drop out and from the resulting play Aaron Murphy’s cross-field run created space for Jake Mamo to scorch in between the posts with Danny Brough adding the extras. 5 minutes later the Giants hit the front and again the score came on the back of a goal line drop out. Shannon Wakeman and Oliver Roberts both went close before Danny Brough created space for Jake Mamo to race in for his second try of the evening. Danny Brough added the extras but the lead did not last long as an error gifted possession to the Tigers and a good passing move created a try for Gregory Minikin, Paul McShane adding the extras. Aaron Murphy’s kick through the legs of Greg Eden created field position for the Giants whose form was belying their lowly League position as they pressed a resolute Tigers defence. On 36 minutes the Giants regained the lead, Danny Brough’s grubber to the in-goal area being touched down by the ever alert Jake Mamo for his hat-trick of first half tries. Danny Brough’s conversion gave the Giants a 6 point interval advantage which might have been 8 but Brough was narrowly wide with a 45 metre penalty goal attempt on the half time hooter.

The Giants just about deserved their half time lead but the Tigers showed their credentials early in the second half when a fine passing move and then kick over the top to the corner saw Greg Eden touch down as the ball was palmed back to him over the goal line. Paul McShane’s conversion levelled the scores. The Giants then had a spell of possession but despite forcing a goal line drop out could not breach a strong Tigers defence. On 56 minutes though Danny Brough put the Giants back in front with a drop goal. Discipline then became an issue as the Giants gave away 2 penalties, the second of which enabled Paul McShane to kick a penalty goal which edged his side 1 point in front. Sebastine Ikahihifo’s 50 metre break down centre field was halted by Jake Webster but he was adjudged to have infringed in the tackle by the referee and sent to the sinbin and Danny Brough’s subsequent penalty goal restored the 1 point advantage to the Giants with 7 minutes remaining. Disaster then struck for the Giants when Danny Brough was sinbinned for a tackle infringement and with momentum swinging to the Tigers an error by the Giants in their own 20 gifted possession to Castleford and they took full advantage with a try for Jesse Sene-Lefao goaled by Paul McShane and a lead of 5 points. A scorching run by Oliver Roberts raised Giants hopes but he was halted and a pulsating contest came to an end with the Giants agonisingly short. They had though given their all and showed that they can hold their own against the very best in the League. Castleford had that little extra composure at the end and showed why they sit currently on top of Super League.

Next up for the Giants is the Catalan Dragons at the Magic Weekend on 21st May at St James Park, Newcastle, kick off 1.00pm.






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