Friday 14th July 2017
20:00 - Round: 22

26-4 FT

( 8-0 HT )

Attendance :

Official: S Mikalauskas

Venue: The John Smith's Stadium

Friday 14th July 2017
20:00 - Round: 22

26 : 4 FT

( 8 - 0 HT )

Attendance :

Official: S Mikalauskas

Venue: The John Smith's Stadium

Scorers

  • Huddersfield Giants

  • Tries
    Lee Gaskell 2, Ukuma Ta'ai, Leroy Cudjoe,

  • Goals
    Danny Brough 5,

  • Drop Goals

  • Leigh Centurions

  • Tries
    Josh Drinkwater,

  • Goals

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Lee Gaskell scored twice as Huddersfield Giants wrecked Micky Higham’s 500th appearance celebrations while securing their Betfred Super League status with a 26-4 victory over Leigh Centurions.

Former St Helens, Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves hooker Higham began, and looks like ending, his distinguished career with the Centurions but their penultimate game of the scheduled season is unlikely to be one of his more cherished memories.

The deadlock was broken just after the midway point of the first half when Gaskell started and finished a neat right-wing move involving the deft handling of Leroy Cudjoe and leading try-scorer Jermaine McGillvary. Danny Brough converted then added a 31st-minute penalty on his way to a total of five successful goal kicks.

Ukuma Ta’ai increased the home side’s advantage shortly after the restart when charging onto a short Kruise Leeming pass barely a metre out.

Moments later Adam Higson fumbled a high Brough bomb and Gaskell was quick to pounce and score, the two conversions helping the Giants to a four-score lead.

The Centurions grabbed a try back through Josh Drinkwater but the scorer’s touchline conversion was wide of the target.

Both sides squandered further chances before a dazzling McGillvary break down centre-field led to Huddersfield wrapping up the game with a Cudjoe score which took the current Giants skipper past 500 career points.

Huddersfield boss Rick Stone said: “It was a tough, physical game and we showed some good resilience.

“We had most of the play in the first half, while in the second we had to defend a little more and found ourselves coming more off our own line.

“Our kicking wasn’t at its best and we probably needed a bit more patience but we decided we wanted to play tough, defend well and we did that okay."

Leigh coach Neil Jukes said: “I thought we turned up for one another and had a real dig but there were just too many silly scenarios which kept putting unforced pressure on ourselves.

“While the scoreline doesn’t look great, to do the amount of defending we did shows that there’s still a good work ethic within them but regarding smartness we probably get one out of 10.”

  • 74: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 74: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Leroy Cudjoe
  • 57: TRY! scored for Leigh by Josh Drinkwater
  • 47: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Lee Gaskell
  • 47: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 43: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Ukuma Ta'ai
  • 43: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 28: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 22: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Lee Gaskell
  • 22: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • Key Performers

    Leroy Cudjoe

    Metres 139

    Mitch Brown

    Metres 166

    Lachlan Burr

    Tackles 40
    Offloads 4

    Danny Tickle

    Tackles 38

    Head to Head

    Tries: 4-1

    Goals: 5-0

    METRES 1473 - 1167

    CARRIES 198 - 169

    TACKLES 302 - 365

    OFFLOADS 9 - 13

    PENALTIES 11 - 11

    BREAKS 4 - 0

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Lee Gaskell 2 0 19 3 2 1 4 7 43 6.14 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 2
    Ukuma Ta'ai 1 0 11 2 0 2 0 14 104 7.43 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Leroy Cudjoe 1 0 22 4 3 6 0 14 139 9.93 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam O'Brien 0 0 16 4 2 0 1 1 3 3.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Paul Clough 0 0 9 1 0 1 0 13 80 6.15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Shannon Wakeman 0 0 25 2 1 2 0 12 84 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Ryan Hinchcliffe 0 0 35 4 2 1 0 13 86 6.62 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Dale Ferguson 0 0 28 4 0 5 0 13 79 6.08 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 2
    Oliver Roberts 0 0 30 7 2 0 0 5 38 7.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Sebastine Ikahihifo 0 0 20 3 1 7 0 18 127 7.06 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
    Kruise Leeming 0 1 29 4 0 0 1 13 96 7.38 0 13 2 0 0 0 1 1
    Sam Rapira 0 0 22 1 1 1 0 15 105 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Brough 0 0 18 2 0 1 8 12 53 4.42 0 4 0 0 5 0 1 2
    Darnell McIntosh 0 0 5 0 0 1 0 11 99 9.00 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Wood 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 3 25 8.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jermaine McGillvary 0 2 0 0 0 8 0 20 208 10.40 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Rankin 0 0 6 0 0 2 2 14 104 7.43 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Josh Drinkwater 1 0 23 4 3 0 4 3 8 2.67 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
    Samisoni Langi 0 0 17 4 3 1 0 13 124 9.54 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Crooks 0 0 12 1 1 3 0 12 86 7.17 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Matthew Dawson 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 10 88 8.80 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mitch Brown 0 0 4 0 2 2 0 20 166 8.30 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Adam Higson 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 11 98 8.91 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Daniel Mortimer 0 0 21 4 5 2 5 10 68 6.80 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Gareth Hock 0 0 13 1 2 1 1 9 51 5.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Mick Higham 0 0 30 5 3 0 0 8 52 6.50 0 8 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Harrison Hansen 0 0 22 4 3 0 0 10 64 6.40 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Cory Paterson 0 0 35 5 2 2 0 14 79 5.64 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Atelea Vea 0 0 26 1 5 1 1 9 56 6.22 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Glenn Stewart 0 0 31 6 2 0 0 13 62 4.77 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Eloi Pelissier 0 0 23 5 1 0 0 3 17 5.67 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Tickle 0 0 38 5 3 0 0 7 50 7.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Sam Hopkins 0 0 26 8 1 0 0 3 14 4.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Lachlan Burr 0 0 40 5 2 1 0 14 84 6.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 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