Friday 10th February 2017
KO: 20:00 - Round: 1

16-28 FT

( 6-20 HT )

Attendance: 5,031

Official: J Smith

Venue: Select Security Stadium Halton

  • Widnes Vikings

  • Tries
    Charly Runciman, Stefan Marsh, Rhys Hanbury,

  • Goals
    Rhys Hanbury 2,

  • Drop Goals

  • Huddersfield Giants

  • Tries
    Jermaine McGillvary 2, Lee Gaskell, Tom Symonds, Aaron Murphy, Leroy Cudjoe,

  • Goals
    Danny Brough 2,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Huddersfield Giants kicked off their Betfred Super League season with a 28-16 victory at Widnes Vikings. 

The Giants, who endured a miserable campaign in 2016, went behind early on as Charly Runciman crossed in the fourth minute. 

But Jermaine McGillvary scored twice and Lee Gaskell and Tom Symonds crossed during an 18-minute spell to give Rick Stone's side a 20-6 lead at the interval. 

After Aaron Murphy crossed in the 55th minute for the visitors, Widnes threatened a comeback with tries from Stefan Marsh and Rhys Hanbury but new Giants skipper Leroy Cudjoe sealed the win two minutes from time. 

Huddersfield head coach Stone said: "To come away with a win is a real positive. The boys can go away feeling good about themselves.

"We controlled the first half and played some very good, direct football. We had a bit of a buffer at half-time and didn't manage things as perfectly in the second half."

Vikings coach Denis Betts said: "We are a miles better side than we showed tonight. They ran and tackled harder than us and we weren't at the races."

 

  • 77: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Leroy Cudjoe
  • 76: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Rhys Hanbury
  • 76: TRY! scored for Widnes by Rhys Hanbury
  • 70: TRY! scored for Widnes by Stefan Marsh
  • 55: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Aaron Murphy
  • 30: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 29: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Tom Symonds
  • 25: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Jermaine McGillvary
  • 18: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 17: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Lee Gaskell
  • 12: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Jermaine McGillvary
  • 4: TRY! scored for Widnes by Charly Runciman
  • 4: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Rhys Hanbury
  • Key Performers

    Dale Ferguson

    Clean Breaks 3
    1 1

    Hep Cahill

    Tackles 51
    6 6

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Widnes Vikings 3
    Huddersfield Giants 6

    Goals:

    Widnes Vikings 2
    Huddersfield Giants 2

    METRES:

    Widnes Vikings 1054
    Huddersfield Giants 1340

    CARRIES:

    Widnes Vikings 155
    Huddersfield Giants 183

    TACKLES:

    Widnes Vikings 394
    Huddersfield Giants 323

    OFFLOADS:

    Widnes Vikings 13
    Huddersfield Giants 12

    PENALTIES:

    Widnes Vikings 8
    Huddersfield Giants 6

    BREAKS:

    Widnes Vikings 3
    Huddersfield Giants 6

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Stefan Marsh 1 0 4 0 0 1 0 9 71 7.89 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Charly Runciman 1 0 22 1 4 1 0 8 58 7.25 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Rhys Hanbury 1 1 8 0 1 6 0 13 70 5.38 1 1 3 0 2 1 1 0
    Aaron Heremaia 0 1 25 6 2 0 2 7 44 6.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Olbison 0 0 33 6 2 0 0 8 53 6.63 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Ted Chapelhow 0 0 24 6 1 0 0 10 74 7.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Macgraff Leuluai 0 0 17 5 1 0 0 8 49 6.13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Hep Cahill 0 0 51 10 1 1 0 18 127 7.06 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Matt Whitley 0 0 38 6 3 2 0 14 93 6.64 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Chris Houston 0 0 30 4 2 0 0 3 40 13.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jay Chapelhow 0 0 39 12 0 0 0 7 47 6.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
    Lloyd White 0 0 30 4 0 2 0 6 54 9.00 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 3
    Gil Dudson 0 0 25 6 0 0 0 9 94 10.44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Gilmore 0 0 12 1 0 0 2 3 9 3.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Chris Bridge 0 0 8 0 3 2 4 10 37 3.70 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Tom Armstrong 0 0 21 3 4 1 0 14 74 5.29 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Corey Thompson 0 0 7 0 3 3 2 8 60 7.50 0 4 1 0 0 0 1 1
    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 1 0 15 131 8.73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Symonds 1 0 20 5 0 1 0 8 54 6.75 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Aaron Murphy 1 0 3 0 0 5 0 15 137 9.13 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Leroy Cudjoe 1 2 36 11 0 3 1 13 78 6.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Lee Gaskell 1 0 5 0 1 0 0 14 120 8.57 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Oliver Roberts 0 0 11 3 1 0 0 3 29 9.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mike Lawrence 0 0 47 13 2 0 1 11 65 5.91 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Shannon Wakeman 0 0 17 4 0 0 0 7 47 6.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Dale Ferguson 0 1 21 3 2 8 0 16 104 6.50 3 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Ukuma Ta'ai 0 0 24 1 0 0 0 14 112 8.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Ryan Hinchcliffe 0 0 31 9 2 0 0 9 58 6.44 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Brierley 0 1 12 0 2 0 2 4 23 5.75 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
    Sebastine Ikahihifo 0 0 22 6 1 7 0 19 129 6.79 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Danny Brough 0 1 12 2 2 0 9 6 12 2.00 0 0 3 0 2 3 2 2
    Alex Mellor 0 1 15 3 1 0 0 14 121 8.64 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Kruise Leeming 0 0 27 8 3 0 0 6 38 6.33 0 5 1 0 0 0 1 2
    Paul Clough 0 0 18 1 1 2 0 9 82 9.11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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