09th September 2017


Report: Huddersfield Giants defeated 52-14 by Salford Red Devils.

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It was a day to forget for the Huddersfield Giants as they fell to a 52-14 loss at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Salford’s last taste of victory had been against the Giants two months ago before they went on an eight-match losing streak, but looked strong from the start as they scored the first points of the afternoon.

The Giants were without Darnell McIntosh, who withdrew with injury and in came Gene Ormsby, who made his first appearance since the start of May.

He was comfortable under the first high ball from Rob Lui but a penalty for an incorrect play of the ball allowed Gareth O’Brien to opt for a kick at goal to open the scoring from close range.

Things went from bad to worse when Tyrone McCarthy broke the Giants line in the next attack and full-back Jordan Rankin did well to stop the powerful loose forward in his tracks.

However, that relief from pressure was short-lived and Kris Welham picked up Lui’s high kick from the same set and went in under the posts. O’Brien added with ease for an 8-0 lead.

The Claret and Gold responded well and following good play from right to left from Danny Brough and Jordan Turner, Ormsby jumped in to the goal-line area only to be shoved out of play mid-air.

Minutes later the home side were in again as McCarthy forced his way over amid Giants bodies for another easily converted try.

Stone’s side struggled to build momentum and a pass from Brough to Ormsby on the wing was spilled over out of play allowing Salford another attacking set from inside the Giants half.

Only for another well-timed Rankin tackle the Red Devils were in again, but it wasn’t long until Manu Vatuvei extended the Red Devils lead despite three Giants men in his way in the corner.

Welham then grabbed his second of the game as they outnumbered on the right, allowing the centre to touch down and O’Brien kicked well to go further ahead.

Salford added their fifth try before the break as Lui, Vatuvei and Evalds linked up with the latter finding the whitewash under no pressure.

The Giants did have a half chance as Dale Ferguson broke through and kicked with Ormsby chasing to force a goal line drop out.

And that pressure paid off when Brough delayed his pass well to find Mellor who found McGillvary as the winger grabbed a try before the break. Brough hit the post from the conversion.

30-4 down at the break, Stone’s side faced a mountain to climb and that soon became even steeper.

It took less than two minutes for Salford to reassert their authority on the match as Vatuvei added to his first half try when left free on the left and minutes later Jake Bibby was next to pounce over on the right.

That forced a decent response from the Claret and Gold and after a neat kick from Brough, Oliver Roberts spun over a converted try to get his side into double figures.

But O’Brien nudged over another penalty and Ben Murdoch-Masila added his side’s eighth try to impound more misery on the Giants before Josh hit the 50 mark with less than five minutes on the clock.

Ryan Hinchcliffe scored the last try of the afternoon with a well-placed run but Brough couldn’t add the extras.

The Red Devils left with the two points after a resurgent performance that earned them a 52-14 win at the AJ Bell Stadium.


Salford team: Evalds, Bibby, Welham, Sa’u, Vatuvei, Lui, O’Brien, Kopczak, Tomkins, Hauraki, Murdoch-Masila, Jones, McCarthy,

Replacements: A. Walne, Brining, Lannon, J. Walne

Tries: Welham (2), McCarthy, Vatuvei (2), Evalds, Bibby, Murdoch-Masila, Jones

Goals: O’Brien (8)

Giants team: Rankin, McGillvary, Mellor, Turner, Ormsby, Gaskell, Brough, Ikahihifo, Leeming, Ta’ai, Roberts, Ferguson, Hinchcliffe.

Replacements: O’Brien, Rapira, Lawrence, Clough

Tries: McGillvary, Roberts, Hinchcliffe

Goals: Brough


Referee: James Child

Attendance: 1405


Heikki Kovalainen





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