Huddersfield Giants 28-40 Castleford Tigers

Sunday 8th April 2018
KO: 15:00 - Round: 10

28-40 FT

HT: 6 28

Attendance: 5,945

Official: B Thaler

Venue: John Smith's Stadium

  • Huddersfield Giants

  • Tries
    Ukuma Ta'ai, Daniel Smith, Innes Senior 2, Shannon Wakeman,

  • Goals
    Jordan Rankin 4,

  • Drop Goals

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Paul McShane, Greg Minikin, Alex Foster 2, Jake Webster, Greg Eden, Michael Shenton,

  • Goals
    Jamie Ellis 6,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Castleford Tigers returned to winning ways in Betfred Super League with a 40-28 victory over Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith's Stadium.

The Tigers ran away with the match in the first half, scoring five tries to take a 28-6 lead, but they had to withstand a strong Giants fightback after the interval.

Tries from Paul McShane, Greg Minikin, Alex Foster and Jake Webster put Cas in control before Ukuma Ta'ai got the Giants on the board.

Tigers winger Greg Eden scored on the stroke of half-time, with Jamie Ellis kicking his fourth conversion, but Huddersfield responded in the second half.

Daniel Smith touched down and 17-year-old debutant Innes Senior crossed twice, either side of an Ellis penalty, before Foster scored his second try.

Huddersfield refused to give in, Shannon Wakeman scoring from the restart, although Michael Shenton went over at the death.

Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: “We’re not coming out after half-time and playing the same way we have in the first half.

“It’s a little bit disappointing. There’s a consistency to it. We’re ticking along alright in terms of picking up points but we’re not playing that great."

Huddersfield interim boss Chris Thorman said: “I went ballistic at half-time, it was a crescendo of profanity. I know there’s plenty of excuses with injuries but I know what the players are capable of and it shouldn’t take me to lose my rag and get personal to a get a response.

“It’s just really disappointing that it takes me to lose my rag to give them some energy and enthusiasm and for them to come out and have a crack.”

  • 79: TRY! scored for Castleford by Michael Shenton
  • 76: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Jordan Rankin
  • 75: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Shannon Wakeman
  • 74: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Jamie Ellis
  • 73: TRY! scored for Castleford by Alex Foster
  • 68: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Jordan Rankin
  • 67: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Innes Senior
  • 65: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Jamie Ellis
  • 56: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Innes Senior
  • 46: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Jordan Rankin
  • 45: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Daniel Smith
  • 39: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • 39: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Jamie Ellis
  • 37: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Jordan Rankin
  • 37: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Ukuma Ta'ai
  • 30: TRY! scored for Castleford by Jake Webster
  • 24: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Jamie Ellis
  • 24: TRY! scored for Castleford by Alex Foster
  • 11: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Jamie Ellis
  • 11: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Minikin
  • 4: TRY! scored for Castleford by Paul McShane
  • 4: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Jamie Ellis
  • Head to Head

    Tries:

    Giants 5
    Tigers 7

    Goals:

    Giants 4
    Tigers 6

    METRES:

    Giants 999
    Tigers 1209

    CARRIES:

    Giants 146
    Tigers 177

    TACKLES:

    Giants 352
    Tigers 303

    OFFLOADS:

    Giants 8
    Tigers 12

    PENALTIES:

    Giants 9
    Tigers 9

    BREAKS:

    Giants 5
    Tigers 6

    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 37 6 2 3 0 17 137 8.06 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Shannon Wakeman 1 0 33 9 0 2 0 13 119 9.15 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Jared Simpson 0 0 9 0 2 1 0 19 96 5.05 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Ukuma Ta'ai 1 0 32 8 3 2 0 11 87 7.91 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew English 0 0 24 3 2 0 0 10 79 7.90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Sebastine Ikahihifo 0 0 29 2 2 5 0 8 69 8.63 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 3
    Innes Senior 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 8 68 8.50 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Turner 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 10 67 6.70 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Aaron Murphy 0 1 14 1 3 5 0 11 60 5.45 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Jordan Rankin 0 1 11 2 1 0 1 7 53 7.57 1 0 1 0 4 1 0 0
    Paul Clough 0 0 34 13 2 0 0 8 52 6.50 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Oliver Roberts 0 0 30 9 1 0 0 4 30 7.50 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Lee Gaskell 0 3 21 4 3 2 4 7 25 3.57 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Louis Senior 0 0 3 1 1 1 0 5 24 4.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Dale Ferguson 0 0 13 2 1 0 0 4 19 4.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mike Lawrence 0 0 15 0 0 0 0 3 9 3.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Adam O'Brien 0 0 40 11 2 0 0 1 5 5.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Liam Watts 0 0 28 4 0 2 2 19 136 7.16 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Grant Millington 0 0 28 2 4 1 0 23 120 5.22 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Oliver Holmes 0 0 26 5 0 0 0 15 90 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Greg Eden 1 0 2 0 1 1 0 5 89 17.80 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Greg Minikin 1 0 4 1 2 0 0 11 85 7.73 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 22 5 2 2 0 13 80 6.15 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
    Alex Foster 2 0 13 3 1 0 1 13 79 6.08 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Ben Roberts 0 2 17 1 2 6 1 11 78 7.09 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 3
    Michael Shenton 1 0 11 2 0 3 0 10 75 7.50 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jake Webster 1 0 15 0 3 2 0 8 74 9.25 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Joe Wardle 0 0 20 6 1 0 0 9 73 8.11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Junior Moors 0 0 14 1 1 3 0 10 64 6.40 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Adam Milner 0 0 25 3 0 1 0 10 62 6.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Paul McShane 1 2 39 6 1 2 2 7 34 4.86 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Gadwin Springer 0 0 18 3 2 0 0 4 34 8.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jake Trueman 0 1 7 0 1 1 1 7 29 4.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jamie Ellis 0 1 14 0 1 1 5 2 7 3.50 0 0 2 0 6 2 1 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