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England  -  PNG

Friday 4th August 2017
KO: 20:00 - Round: 1

36-6 FT

( 18-6 HT )

Official: T Grant

Venue: The John Smith's Stadium

  • Huddersfield Giants

  • Tries
    Danny Brough, Darnell McIntosh, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Leroy Cudjoe, Jermaine McGillvary, Daniel Smith,

  • Goals
    Danny Brough 6,

  • Drop Goals

  • Wakefield Trinity

  • Tries
    Sam Williams,

  • Goals
    Liam Finn,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Danny Brough helped Huddersfield Giants make a perfect start to their Betfred Super League Super 8s campaign with a 36-6 derby victory over Wakefield Trinity.

Scrum-half Brough scored an early try and booted six goals, including two penalties, for a 16-point haul against one of his old clubs.

Chris Chester's visitors show no sign of ending their wretched form at this stage of the campaign, having lost all seven Super 8s fixtures in 2016.

Huddersfield only avoided an end-of-season relegation battle in the penultimate game of the regular season but they started superbly in an attempt to gain an unlikely semi-final play-off place, scoring three tries in the opening 27 minutes.

Brough was tormentor in chief, starting and finishing the move for the game's opening try.

The veteran half-back combined with full-back Jordan Rankin to send in winger Darnell McIntosh and Ryan Hinchcliffe raced 30 metres to score the Giants' third.

Sam Williams touched down in a rare Wakefield attack but Trinity never threatened to close the deficit and Huddersfield duly found a second wind.

England internationals Leroy Cudjoe and Jermaine McGillvary exploited weaknesses down the Trinity left flank to touch down and in the final minute Daniel Smith rubbed salt in the wounds.

Wakefield head coach Chris Chester vowed to wield the axe on some of his under-performing players after the game.

Trinity were eager to make amends for their slump of seven straight defeats in last year's Super 8s but it was a familiar story as they were torn apart.

A deflated Chester hit out at the visitors' lack of effort as they crashed to a second heavy defeat in succession, following on from their 41-16 loss to St Helens two weeks ago to miss out on a top four place at the end of the regular season.

Chester said: "I have seen some things on a rugby field I have not seen for long, long time. I can cop getting beaten by a better side, but I can't cop getting beaten on desire and effort.

"That's two games on the bounce, probably our two most important games, we have fallen a long way short.

"We are in a bit of a hole and I can't put my finger on it. I wouldn't expect my under-16s or 19s teams to make some of those kind of errors out there.

"We are killing ourselves. There are a few blokes out on that field who won't be playing next week. Yet we are still only two points out of the top four, crazy."

Giants boss Rick Stone said: "It was a good start. Wakey are going to say they didn't play their best.

"And that's understandable. But our job was to get the Super 8s off to a winning start, especially at home.

"It was important for us, with a bit of momentum we have carried into this Super 8's, to show we can compete against the top eight. Hopefully we are going to have a bit of a crack at it.

"There were different times we weren't great. But if you look at the scoreline you would walk away thinking we were the dominant side on the night.

"We managed the ball and made fewer errors than the opposition which helped us with extra juice and field position.

"You are never going to be perfect all the time but overall our intent, desire and some of our execution was good."

  • 78: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 78: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Daniel Smith
  • 67: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Jermaine McGillvary
  • 62: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 62: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Leroy Cudjoe
  • 56: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 38: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Sam Williams
  • 38: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 32: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 27: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 27: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Ryan Hinchcliffe
  • 11: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 11: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Darnell McIntosh
  • 7: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • Head to Head

    Tries:

    Huddersfield Giants 6
    Wakefield Trinity 1

    Goals:

    Huddersfield Giants 6
    Wakefield Trinity 1

    METRES:

    Huddersfield Giants 1336
    Wakefield Trinity 1038

    CARRIES:

    Huddersfield Giants 206
    Wakefield Trinity 152

    TACKLES:

    Huddersfield Giants 282
    Wakefield Trinity 380

    OFFLOADS:

    Huddersfield Giants 14
    Wakefield Trinity 9

    PENALTIES:

    Huddersfield Giants 11
    Wakefield Trinity 9

    BREAKS:

    Huddersfield Giants 6
    Wakefield Trinity 1

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Daniel Smith 1 0 22 3 1 3 0 10 57 5.70 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Ryan Hinchcliffe 1 0 31 4 2 2 1 11 72 6.55 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Danny Brough 1 0 8 0 1 0 8 15 68 4.53 0 2 0 0 6 2 1 0
    Darnell McIntosh 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 11 69 6.27 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Leroy Cudjoe 1 1 21 5 0 5 0 16 131 8.19 1 2 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Jermaine McGillvary 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 18 140 7.78 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam O'Brien 0 0 17 2 0 1 0 4 27 6.75 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Alex Mellor 0 1 22 5 0 1 0 7 25 3.57 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Paul Clough 0 0 21 4 0 0 0 9 69 7.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sebastine Ikahihifo 0 0 12 1 1 4 0 15 84 5.60 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 0
    Ukuma Ta'ai 0 0 30 6 4 0 0 15 75 5.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Shannon Wakeman 0 0 23 4 1 1 0 14 102 7.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Kruise Leeming 0 0 24 4 1 0 1 9 37 4.11 0 8 0 0 0 0 2 4
    Sam Rapira 0 0 12 1 2 0 0 10 81 8.10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Lee Gaskell 0 0 17 2 0 2 5 10 96 9.60 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Turner 0 0 9 0 0 1 1 14 73 5.21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jordan Rankin 0 2 7 1 0 5 1 18 130 7.22 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Sam Williams 1 0 23 2 2 0 5 9 36 4.00 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 2
    Bill Tupou 0 0 23 3 2 0 1 11 95 8.64 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Reece Lyne 0 0 24 1 0 0 0 10 60 6.00 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
    Ben Jones-Bishop 0 0 9 0 1 0 0 12 99 8.25 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Scott Grix 0 0 6 0 1 2 4 7 24 3.43 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Mason Caton-Brown 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 15 103 6.87 0 2 3 0 0 0 1 0
    Liam Finn 0 0 35 7 5 0 2 5 17 3.40 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
    Anthony England 0 0 26 4 4 0 0 8 52 6.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
    Kyle Wood 0 0 34 6 0 1 1 10 54 5.40 0 7 4 0 0 0 0 1
    David Fifita 0 0 32 4 1 1 0 11 104 9.45 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Mat Ashurst 0 0 39 12 1 0 0 7 37 5.29 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Kirmond 0 0 23 4 3 0 0 8 53 6.63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Dean Hadley 0 0 30 4 1 0 0 6 41 6.83 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Tinirau Arona 0 0 31 8 1 6 0 11 82 7.45 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Keegan Hirst 0 0 9 2 2 3 0 12 107 8.92 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Annakin 0 0 16 2 0 0 0 2 18 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    James Hasson 0 0 19 5 0 0 0 8 56 7.00 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