Match Report

Super League
Sunday 8th April 2018, 15:00
Super League - Round: 10
Super League
Huddersfield Giants

Huddersfield Giants

(6) 28


Castleford Tigers

(28) 40

Castleford Tigers

5 Trys

Ukuma Ta'ai, Daniel Smith, Innes Senior 2, Shannon Wakeman,



Paul McShane, Greg Minikin, Alex Foster 2, Jake Webster, Greg Eden, Michael Shenton,

4 Goals

Jordan Rankin 4,


Goals 6

Jamie Ellis 6,



D Goals 0


Attendance: 5,945  Official: B Thaler  Venue: John Smith's Stadium

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Full Time Report

The Giants were still missing several regulars for the visit of Castleford Tigers to the John Smith’s Stadium in the West Yorkshire derby.

Innes Senior and Matty English made Super League debuts and Lee Gaskell returned after missing last week’s trip to Catalan. Jared Simpson replaced Darnell McIntosh at full back.

The Tigers got off to a blistering start with 2 tries inside the first 10 minutes. First they capitalised when Jared Simpson failed to hold on to a kick inside the Giants 20 and McShane scrambled through to touch down and then Minikin crossed in the right corner, Jamie Ellis landing both conversions.

A succession of penalties made the Giants problems much more severe with the game being played mainly in the Giants half and eventually a Team Warning was issued by the referee culminating in a sinbinning for Jordan Turner.

On 24 minutes Alex Foster touched down followed shortly after by Jake Webster, Jamie Ellis adding the extras to the Foster try.

On the half hour however the Giants hit back. Shannon Wakeman was held up over the line but then the ball was moved swiftly to the left where Ukuma Ta’ai crashed over for the try, Jordan Rankin adding the extras. On the stroke of half time after Junior Moors had left the field for a head assessment Greg Eden scorched  away down the left touchline for a scintillating try, Jamie Ellis’s goal taking the Tigers score to 28 at the break.

To some degree the Giants had been the architects of their own problems with errors and penalties being ruthlessly punished by the Tigers. The loss of Michael Lawrence and Dale Ferguson to leg injuries was going to make their task more difficult but they did start the second half more strongly.

On 48 minutes Jordan Rankin broke through down the centre and the supporting play brought a try for Daniel Smith, Jordan Rankin adding the extras. A tackle by Paul McShane was then placed on report with Ukuma Ta’ai leaving the field and following the penalty debutant Innes Senior crossed in the left corner for a well worked try. Although the conversion was missed the Giants were now causing the Tigers problems but after the Tigers had forced a goal line drop out Jamie Ellis landed a penalty goal.

Despite this setback the Giants continued to have the better of the exchanges and Innes Senior crowned a fine afternoon’s work with a second try in the left corner, Jordan Rankin adding the the touchline conversion.

The deficit was now down to 8 points but an error on halfway by the Giants resulted in a Tigers try to Alex Foster and a Jamie Ellis conversion with just 7 minutes remaining in effect took the result away from the Giants. The Giants go in for a further try collecting a short kick off after the Foster try and cutting clean through the Tigers defence, Shannon Wakeman touching down by the posts.

Jordan Rankin added the extras. The Tigers though had the last score on the hooter, Michael Shenton getting the unconverted try.The Giants had enjoyed the better of the second half and had scored some quality tries but the first half deficiencies had left them with too much to totally turn round. A full 80 minute effort will be needed next time out at the John Smith’s Stadium when Salford are the visitors 15 April kick off 3.00pm.





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