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New Zealand  2-4  Fij  FT

Ton  24-22  Lebanon  FT

Thursday 3rd September 2015
KO: 20:00 - Round: 4

40-26 FT

( 24-10 HT )

Attendance: 5,350

Official: R Hicks

Venue: The John Smith's Stadium

  • Huddersfield Giants

  • Tries
    Ukuma Ta'ai 2, Jermaine McGillvary 2, Jake Connor, Aaron Murphy, Jamie Ellis, Eorl Crabtree,

  • Goals
    Danny Brough 2, Jamie Ellis 2,

  • Drop Goals

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Luke Gale, Ashley Gibson, Luke Dorn, Ben Roberts, Denny Solomona,

  • Goals
    Luke Gale 3,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Jermaine McGillvary went joint top of the First Utility Super League tryscoring chart as Huddersfield Giants strengthened their hold on third place with an impressive 40-26 win over Castleford Tigers.

Right winger McGillvary once more pressed his claims for an England call-up by scoring two of his side's eight tries as the in-form Giants stayed on course for the semi-finals.

Long-serving prop Eorl Crabtree put the finishing touches to a third win of the season over the Tigers with a try on his 400th appearance for the club.

Fifth-placed Castleford, who were led by scrum-half Luke Gale in the absence of injured centre Michael Shenton, now trail Huddersfield by four points and must beat St Helens in their next match next Thursday to keep alive their top-four hopes.

The Tigers actually made the brighter start and led 10-0 after 15 minutes thanks to a solo try from Gale and one carved out for winger Ashley Gibson by stand-off Ben Roberts' sleight of hand.

But they were quickly put on the back foot by McGillvary, who caught the eye of one-time Australian coaching guru Phil Gould, the Penrith general manager who was among the 5,350 crowd at the John Smith's Stadium.

The winger's two-try salvo came in the middle of a burst of four tries in a nine-minute spell, while Castleford were down to 12 men with makeshift centre Mike McMeeken in the sin bin for a trip on Huddersfield second rower Joe Wardle.

Within a minute of McMeeken seeing yellow, former Castleford favourite Craig Huby's delayed pass got loose forward Ukuma Ta'ai over for the Giants' first try.

McGillvary then beat two men to cross from close range before being released by his centre partner Leroy Cudjoe and going over in spectacular fashion from 60 metres out to take his try tally for the season to 21 and draw level with Josh Charnley and Tom Lineham.

Another breathtaking handling move, in which Tai'ai featured twice, brought a touchdown for centre Jake Connor and took Huddersfield's lead out to 20-10.

The return from the bin of McMeeken helped the visitors steady the ship, but the Giants added a fifth try just before half-time when Wardle's cut-out pass got winger Aaron Murphy over at the corner.

The home side might have been out of sight had skipper Danny Brough been able to land more than just two of his five conversion attempts, and Castleford got back to within eight points early in the second half when full-back Luke Dorn sliced through the Huddersfield defence for a third try.

And, after the Giants had failed to make the most of some enterprising build-up play, the Tigers blew the game wide open when Roberts went on an arcing run straight from a scrum to score a fourth try.

However, the Giants always looked the better team and they made sure of victory with further tries from the impressive Wardle, by then playing in his old centre spot, and former Castleford scrum-half Jamie Ellis before Crabtree barged over for his landmark try.

Ellis added two conversions, but the visitors had the final say when winger Denny Solomona scored a long-range consolation try.

  • 80: TRY! scored for Castleford by Denny Solomona
  • 80: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 76: Interchange Off for Huddersfield, Michael Lawrence Off
  • 76: Interchange On for Huddersfield, Daniel Smith On
  • 76: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Jamie Ellis
  • 76: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Eorl Crabtree
  • 75: Interchange On for Castleford, Junior Moors On
  • 75: Interchange On for Huddersfield, Kruise Leeming On
  • 75: Interchange Off for Huddersfield, Luke Robinson Off
  • 75: Interchange Off for Castleford, Grant Millington Off
  • 72: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Jamie Ellis
  • 72: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Jamie Ellis
  • 67: Interchange Off for Huddersfield, Jake Connor Off
  • 67: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Ukuma Ta'ai
  • 67: Interchange On for Huddersfield, Ukuma Ta'ai On
  • 64: Interchange Off for Huddersfield, Craig Kopczak Off
  • 64: Interchange On for Huddersfield, Craig Huby On
  • 61: Interchange On for Castleford, Ben Roberts On
  • 61: TRY! scored for Castleford by Ben Roberts
  • 61: Interchange Off for Castleford, Ryan Boyle Off
  • 60: Interchange Off for Castleford, Nathan Massey Off
  • 60: Interchange On for Castleford, Adam Milner On
  • 58: Interchange Off for Castleford, Junior Moors Off
  • 58: Interchange On for Castleford, Scott Wheeldon On
  • 56: Interchange On for Huddersfield, Eorl Crabtree On
  • 56: Interchange Off for Huddersfield, Daniel Smith Off
  • 54: Interchange Off for Castleford, Ben Roberts Off
  • 54: Interchange On for Castleford, Nathan Massey On
  • 53: Interchange On for Huddersfield, Luke Robinson On
  • 53: Interchange Off for Huddersfield, Kruise Leeming Off
  • 52: Interchange Off for Castleford, Gadwin Springer Off
  • 52: Interchange On for Castleford, Grant Millington On
  • 43: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 43: TRY! scored for Castleford by Luke Dorn
  • 39: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Aaron Murphy
  • 38: Interchange Off for Castleford, Scott Wheeldon Off
  • 38: Interchange On for Castleford, Ryan Boyle On
  • 35: Interchange Off for Huddersfield, Luke Robinson Off
  • 35: Interchange On for Huddersfield, Kruise Leeming On
  • 33: Interchange On for Castleford, Matt Cook On
  • 33: Interchange Off for Castleford, Adam Milner Off
  • 33: Interchange On for Castleford, Paul McShane On
  • 33: Interchange Off for Huddersfield, Ukuma Ta'ai Off
  • 33: Interchange Off for Castleford, Grant Millington Off
  • 33: Interchange On for Huddersfield, Michael Lawrence On
  • 32: Interchange Off for Castleford, Nathan Massey Off
  • 32: Interchange On for Castleford, Gadwin Springer On
  • 29: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Jake Connor
  • 28: Interchange On for Huddersfield, Craig Kopczak On
  • 28: Interchange On for Huddersfield, Daniel Smith On
  • 28: Interchange Off for Huddersfield, Craig Huby Off
  • 28: Interchange Off for Huddersfield, Eorl Crabtree Off
  • 26: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 26: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Jermaine McGillvary
  • 24: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Jermaine McGillvary
  • 20: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 20: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Ukuma Ta'ai
  • 16: TRY! scored for Castleford by Ashley Gibson
  • 10: TRY! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 10: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • Key Performers

    Aaron Murphy

    Metres 189
    1 1

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Huddersfield Giants 8
    Castleford Tigers 5

    Goals:

    Huddersfield Giants 4
    Castleford Tigers 3

    METRES:

    Huddersfield Giants 1477
    Castleford Tigers 1123

    CARRIES:

    Huddersfield Giants 173
    Castleford Tigers 144

    TACKLES:

    Huddersfield Giants 274
    Castleford Tigers 298

    OFFLOADS:

    Huddersfield Giants 11
    Castleford Tigers 11

    PENALTIES:

    Huddersfield Giants 4
    Castleford Tigers 6

    BREAKS:

    Huddersfield Giants 10
    Castleford Tigers 6

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Jermaine McGillvary 2 0 2 0 1 4 0 14 209 14.93 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Jake Connor 1 0 18 2 4 4 0 6 83 13.83 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Aaron Murphy 1 0 3 0 0 4 0 18 189 10.50 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Jamie Ellis 1 0 12 2 2 3 3 14 73 5.21 2 0 2 0 2 1 0 1
    Eorl Crabtree 1 0 22 8 1 1 0 10 82 8.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Josef Wardle 1 1 27 2 1 2 0 8 68 8.50 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ukuma Ta'ai 1 1 17 2 3 2 0 9 57 6.33 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Scott Grix 0 1 4 0 2 1 0 15 113 7.53 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Leroy Cudjoe 0 2 19 5 2 5 1 11 99 9.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 1
    Danny Brough 0 0 15 0 3 1 8 7 37 5.29 0 2 0 0 2 3 0 0
    Luke Robinson 0 0 28 3 3 0 0 9 61 6.78 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Craig Huby 0 1 13 2 0 0 0 10 86 8.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jack Hughes 0 0 22 3 1 1 0 16 105 6.56 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Mike Lawrence 0 0 21 5 0 0 0 9 76 8.44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Craig Kopczak 0 0 18 1 0 0 0 7 73 10.43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kruise Leeming 0 1 15 4 2 0 0 4 22 5.50 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Daniel Smith 0 0 18 2 0 1 0 6 44 7.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Luke Dorn 1 1 4 0 1 4 0 12 59 4.92 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ashley Gibson 1 0 4 0 1 1 0 14 94 6.71 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Denny Solomona 1 0 5 0 3 4 0 6 126 21.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Ben Roberts 1 1 9 2 4 6 0 8 92 11.50 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Gale 1 1 16 0 2 2 4 8 39 4.88 0 1 1 0 3 2 0 0
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 13 0 2 0 0 9 48 5.33 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Michael Channing 0 0 24 3 1 2 0 7 50 7.14 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Andy Lynch 0 0 33 5 1 0 2 16 111 6.94 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Adam Milner 0 0 24 1 2 0 0 5 48 9.60 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Scott Wheeldon 0 0 29 1 1 2 0 11 66 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Grant Millington 0 0 29 6 3 0 0 7 53 7.57 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Junior Moors 0 0 18 1 3 1 0 12 130 10.83 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Nathan Massey 0 0 18 3 1 0 0 5 31 6.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Cook 0 0 24 4 2 3 0 7 69 9.86 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Boyle 0 0 14 2 1 0 0 6 37 6.17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Gadwin Springer 0 0 12 4 1 0 0 7 56 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Paul McShane 0 0 22 4 0 0 0 4 14 3.50 0 3 1 0 0 0 3 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties