14th March 2021, 18:13 | pre-season
Huddersfield Giants prevented a second half Leeds Rhinos comeback to earn a 22-16 pre-season victory at the John Smith’s Stadium, in Ian Watson’s first fixture in charge, in front of the Our League cameras.
Star halfback Aidan Sezer scored the opening try under the posts following a clever reverse kick from Lee Gaskell.
However, the Rhinos hit back in similarly impressive fashion. Richie Myler managed to grasp a loose Giants pass and find a supporting Jack Broadbent who raced 80 metres, escaping a chasing Jermaine McGillvary, to get Leeds on the board.
Two quick-fire tries at inside the last seven minutes ensured the Giants went into the break with a 12-point advantage. Darnell McIntosh scored out wide before new signing Jack Cogger capitalised on an interception to score his first try in the Claret and Gold.
Huddersfield’s control continued into the second half as Louis Senior scored on the back of a well-weighted pass from Kenny Edwards.
Liam Sutcliffe and Luke Briscoe scored in quick succession to pull the Rhinos within one score. With three minutes left on the clock, King Vuniyayawa broke the Giants line but was halted by a terrific last-ditch effort from Aidan McGowan; the tackle winning Huddersfield the game.
In the second of Our League’s Sunday afternoon double-header Salford Red Devils saw off Wigan Warriors at the AJ Bell Stadium, 20-6.
Kallum Watkins and Ken Sio both latched on to low kicks for the Red Devils either side of a burrowing Sam Powell effort which saw the hosts lead 12-6 at half-time.
Fullback Morgan Escaré scored against his former club to further Salford’s lead before Krisnan Inu confirmed victory. The former New Zealand International was simply too strong for the Warriors defence out wide.
Castleford Tigers stalwart Adam Milner celebrated his Testimonial Fixture with a 20-30 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers at KCOM Craven Park.
Jake Trueman and Michael Shenton both grabbed braces while Niall Evalds has settled into life at Castleford with a pre-season try.
Jez Litten, Adam Quinlan, George Lawler and newly named captain Shaun Kenny-Dowall were the Robins try-scorers.
Elsewhere, Wakefield Trinity were 30-10 victors over Betfred Championship side Dewsbury Rams while Newcastle Thunder beat Whitehaven 28-18.