Match Report

Super League
Friday 30th March 2018, 15:00
Super League - Round: 8
Super League
Huddersfield Giants

Huddersfield Giants

(14) 22


Leeds Rhinos

(6) 22

Leeds Rhinos

3 Trys

Jared Simpson 2, Adam O'Brien,



Kallum Watkins, Ryan Hall, Ash Handley 2,

5 Goals

Danny Brough 5,


Goals 3

Kallum Watkins 3,



D Goals 0


Attendance:   Official: J Smith  Venue: John Smith's Stadium

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Action Timeline

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Full Time Report

2017 Super League champions Leeds Rhinos were the visitors to the John Smith’s Stadium for the Good Friday West Yorkshire derby with the Giants forced to make a host of changes owing to injuries. Louis Senior on the left wing and Sam Hewitt on the bench both made Super League debuts and Darnell McIntosh came in at full back and Jared Simpson on the right wing in place of Jermaine McGillvary. Sebastine Ikahihifo and Oliver Roberts returned after injury.

The Giants started in devastating fashion with a try on the first set of tackles. Danny Brough put in a high and mighty kick on the 5th tackle which was initially held by full back Jack Walker but then spilled in the tackle, the ball being seized eagerly by the Giants who swiftly moved it to the right and Jared Simpson scooted over in the corner for the try, Danny Brough adding a superb touchline conversion.

The score gave the Giants the impetus to press strongly and a series of swift flowing attacks ensued and although Aaron Murphy had to leave the field with a cut head the pressure paid off on 12 minutes with a second try for Jared Simpson in the right corner after an eye-catching flowing passing movement.

Danny Brough kicked another touchline conversion and the Giants were 12 points to the good. Leeds had not enjoyed much possession but on 22 minutes a kick to the Giants ingoal area was collected by Darnell McIntosh who then tried to break away adjacent to the touchline but was tackled into touch. From the resultant play Kallum Watkins crossed for a Rhinos try and his conversion cut the deficit in half.

The Giants though continued to have the better of the play and on 38 minutes they went further ahead with a penalty goal. A short restart kick off bounced nicely into Rhinos hands and play quickly moved to the Giants ingoal area where a goal line drop out was forced. They could not however breach the Giants defence and the Giants left the field after the half time hooter to a standing ovation.

It had been a splendid first 40 minutes from the Giants whose relative inexperience had not been exposed. Danny Brough’s kicking game had caused problems throughout and the speed of handling had been a revelation.

The Rhinos started the second half strongly, a Ryan Hall break down the left setting up field position. A penalty then led to a Ryan Hall try and although Watkins missed the conversion the deficit was now down to 4 points and on 52 minutes they took the lead.

Another penalty led to an Ash Handley try by the posts goaled by Kallum Watkins. The Giants now trailed by 2 points with the Rhinos enjoying the bulk of possession but they quickly reasserted themselves to regain the lead. Pressure on the Leeds line gave Adam O’Brien the chance to burrow over from dummy half between the posts, Danny Brough adding the extras.

A Rankin kick led to the Giants forcing a goal line drop out and then on 71 minutes the lead stretched to 6 points with a Danny Brough penalty goal. The game continued to ebb and flow as each side sought to get the killer score. On 77 minutes a quality Rhinos break on the left was completed by Ash Handley scoring by the posts. Kalum Watkins added the extras to level the scores with 3 minutes left.

In a rip-roaring finale Jordan Rankin was narrowly wide with a drop goal attempt and then Richie Myler had a similar unsuccessful effort, the game ending all square.The Giants would be slightly disappointed not to have taken both points but could look back on a hugely improved display. The young players had all done well and should be looking forward to the ensuing matches which will no doubt test out their credentials. Easter Monday sees the Giants back in action this time in Perpignan against the Catalan Dragons kick off 5.00pm.



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