Match Report

Super League
Saturday 10th June 2017, 18:00
Super League - Round: 18
Super League
Catalans Dragons

Catalans Dragons

(6) 12


Huddersfield Giants

(22) 56

Huddersfield Giants

2 Trys

Tony Gigot, Sam Moa,



Aaron Murphy, Shannon Wakeman, Danny Brough 2, Jake Mamo 4, Jermaine McGillvary 2,

2 Goals

Luke Walsh 2,


Goals 8

Danny Brough, Martyn Ridyard 7,



D Goals 0


Attendance: 9,169  Official: C Kendall  Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus

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Betfred Super League XX11  Round 18


Martyn Ridyard for Lee Gaskell was a late change for the Giants on their visit to Catalan on a scorching hot evening which was likely to test the stamina of all participants, the Giants having decided to travel by plane there and back on the day rather than have an overnight stay.

The Dragons started on the front foot and quickly forced a goal line drop out but the Giants defended strongly and soon Sebastine Ikahihifo was making a 30 metre break down the centre. Jemaine McGillvary then made further progress and gained a penalty which led to the opening try scored by Aaron Murphy wide out on the left from Dale Ferguson’s pass, the video referee confirming the match referee’s initial decision with 12 minutes gone. Danny Brough missed the conversion but he added the extras to the Giants next try 4 minutes later when Wakeman forced his way over by the posts for his first Giants try after 2 penalties had set up field position. The Giants were now in total domination of proceedings and they quickly added to their lead. From the restart kick off Jordan Turner made a scorching run down the left before handing on to Danny Brough who went the remaining 25 metres to touch down wide out on the left, Martyn Ridyard adding the extras. The players took a drinks break on 20 minutes in view of the scorching conditions and on the resumption the Dragons had a period of pressure after a Danny Brough  kick had gone out of play on the full, culminating in full back Gigot running over on the left for a try, Luke Walsh adding the extras on 27 minutes. The Giants quickly regrouped not withstanding Danny Brough leaving the field with what appeared to be a neck problem. Martyn Ridyard forced a goal line drop out on 34 minutes and just before the half time hooter their pressure was rewarded with another try. Jake Mamo and Ryan Hinhcliffe made runs across the defensive line before the ball reached Leroy Cudjoe who put a delicate grubber kick into the ingoal area where Jake Mamo touched down, the video referee confirming the score. Martyn Ridyard’s conversion took the Giants to 22 points and completed an excellent first half of incisive attacking rugby and sound defence.
The Dragons had barely had a look in and needed a massive improvement to get back in the game.

Danny Brough returned for the start of the second half and within 3 minutes was tormenting the Dragons defence jinking his way through for a fine individual try between the posts, Martyn Ridyard adding the extras, the score coming after the Giants had forced a goal line drop out. Strong Giants defence was then needed after an error on halfway and then a penalty but on 52 minutes while pressing some 3 metres from the Giants goal line Jake Mamo intercepted and raced away on an exhilarating run of some 85 metres to touch down for a superb try which had the large band of Giants supporters ecstatic. Martyn Ridyard missed the conversion. There were to be 4 further scores before the full time hooter all goaled by Martyn Ridyard as the Giants emphasised their dominance on the scoreboard. Jermaine McGillvary went over on an angled run on 57 minutes from Leroy Cudjoe’s pass and 6 minutes later Jake Mamo  cut through , kicked ahead , regathered and touched down between the posts for his hat trick on the night, and another 6 minutes later he was over for his 4th try after a penalty, Jermaine McGillvary completing the scoring on 74 minutes after Sam Moa had previously charged over by the posts with a Luke Walsh conversion.

A terrific Giants performance particularly in the scorching hot conditions, tempered by the loss through injury of Jordan Turner during the first half and Dale Ferguson on 65 minutes. The Giants climbed out of the bottom 4 as a result of this victory and will need a success next time out on Friday 16 June 2017 at the John Smith’s Stadium against St Helens kick off 8.00pm.

Teams: Catalan Dragons: Gigot; Duport, Inu, Thornley, Yaha; Walsh, Myler; Moa, Ayton, Casty, Djalout, Bousquet, Margalet

Interchanges: Anderson, Simon, Da Costa, Seguier

Giants: Mamo; McGillvary, Cudjoe,  Turner, Murphy; Brough, Ridyard; Ikahihifo, Leeming, Wakeman, Roberts, Ferguson, Hinchcliffe

Interchanges: Rapira, Clough, Mellor, O’Brien

Referee: Chris Kendall

Half time score: Catalan Dragons 6 Giants 22

Full time score: Catalan Dragons 12 Giants 56

Scorers: Catalan Dragons: Tries: Gigot, Moa

Goals: Walsh (2)

Giants: Tries: Murphy, Wakeman, Brough (2), Mamo (4), McGillvary (2)

Goals: Brough, Ridyard (7)

Giants Man of the Match: Jake Mamo

Penalties conceded: Catalan Dragons 7 Giants 6

Goal line drop outs conceded: Catalan Dragons 3 Giants 1

Weather: Very hot and sunny

Temperature: 31 C

Attendance: 9169



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