Huddersfield Giants 26-25 Catalans Dragons

Friday 15th June 2018
KO: 19:45 - Round: 18

26-25 FT

HT: 14 24

Official: G Hewer

Venue: John Smith's Stadium

  • Huddersfield Giants

  • Tries
    Alex Mellor, Darnell McIntosh, Jermaine McGillvary 2, Adam O'Brien,

  • Goals
    Oliver Russell 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • Catalans Dragons

  • Tries
    Brayden Wiliame, Vincent Duport, David Mead, Remi Casty,

  • Goals
    Josh Drinkwater 4,

  • Drop Goals
    Tony Gigot,

Official Report / Commentary

In-form Huddersfield Giants made it five Betfred Super League victories in succession with a thrilling 26-25 home victory over Catalans Dragons.

After fighting their way back from an 18-0 deficit, the hosts eventually sealed victory in the 77th minute when scrum-half Oliver Russell landed a 15-metre penalty from in front of the posts.

It was the boot of birthday boy Josh Drinkwater, 26, which did all of the damage in the opening quarter as the Dragon set up three tries for Brayden Wiliame, Vincent Duport and David Mead.


Alex Mellor replied but Julian Bousquet and Tony Gigot combined close to the Huddersfield line to send Remi Casty over under the posts.

Darrnell McIntosh and Jermaine McGillvary reduced the deficit to eight before half-time and it was all Huddersfield at the start of the second half, with Adam O’Brien squirming over from acting half-back.

McGillvary raced the length of the field, with Russell this time on target to level up at 24-24 with 16 minutes remaining.

Michael McIlorum’s drop-goal hit a post and bounced back but there was no denying Gigot his one-pointer, but Huddersfield responded through Russell's penalty.


The away side looked to have snatched it with 90 seconds left on the clock, but Benjamin Julien’s effort was ruled offside.

Catalans boss Steve McNamara said: “There should have been only one team walking away from this game with the win, and that was us.

“I have to credit Huddersfield for the way they came back at us."

Huddersfield coach Simon Woolford added: "I have to praise my players for the way they dug in and kept battling the way they did after going 18-0 down early on.

“This was a huge two points for us.”

  • 77: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Oliver Russell
  • 74: Goal scored for Catalans Dragons by Tony Gigot
  • 65: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Oliver Russell
  • 64: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Jermaine McGillvary
  • 56: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Adam O'Brien
  • 37: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Jermaine McGillvary
  • 31: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Darnell McIntosh
  • 29: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 28: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Remi Casty
  • 23: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Oliver Russell
  • 22: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Alex Mellor
  • 18: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 17: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by David Mead
  • 10: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 9: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Vincent Duport
  • 7: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 6: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Brayden Wiliame
  • Key Performers

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Giants 5
    Catalans 4

    Goals:

    Giants 3
    Catalans 4

    METRES:

    Giants 1134
    Catalans 1243

    CARRIES:

    Giants 169
    Catalans 154

    TACKLES:

    Giants 326
    Catalans 350

    OFFLOADS:

    Giants 7
    Catalans 5

    PENALTIES:

    Giants 4
    Catalans 14

    BREAKS:

    Giants 5
    Catalans 3

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Jermaine McGillvary 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 14 192 13.71 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Sebastine Ikahihifo 0 0 23 0 0 2 0 16 111 6.94 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Lee Gaskell 0 0 10 1 0 1 0 12 102 8.50 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Darnell McIntosh 1 0 2 0 1 3 0 11 87 7.91 1 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
    Mike Lawrence 0 0 31 7 0 1 0 14 87 6.21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Alex Mellor 1 0 46 10 1 2 0 12 77 6.42 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew English 0 0 21 2 2 3 0 10 71 7.10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Daniel Smith 0 0 21 3 0 1 0 9 69 7.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Leroy Cudjoe 0 1 11 1 1 3 0 13 60 4.62 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Aaron Murphy 0 0 23 1 0 0 0 10 60 6.00 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Hinchcliffe 0 0 34 6 1 2 0 10 58 5.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Dale Ferguson 0 0 16 3 0 0 0 7 44 6.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Jordan Rankin 0 0 4 0 0 2 0 8 36 4.50 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Oliver Russell 0 1 12 1 1 1 4 10 34 3.40 0 0 1 0 3 3 0 0
    Kruise Leeming 0 0 28 3 0 1 0 5 26 5.20 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam O'Brien 1 0 16 3 0 1 1 6 14 2.33 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Turner 0 1 27 5 1 1 1 2 6 3.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Mickael Simon 0 0 28 5 1 2 0 17 147 8.65 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Julian Bousquet 0 0 25 3 0 0 0 10 123 12.30 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Greg Bird 0 0 18 0 3 1 0 13 110 8.46 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Lewis Tierney 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 11 100 9.09 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Benjamin Garcia 0 0 34 6 1 0 0 9 95 10.56 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tony Gigot 0 1 3 0 0 2 2 15 88 5.87 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Brayden Wiliame 1 0 8 0 2 2 0 10 84 8.40 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 1
    Sam Moa 0 0 30 5 0 0 0 12 82 6.83 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    David Mead 1 0 10 2 3 1 0 11 77 7.00 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Vincent Duport 1 0 5 1 1 0 0 12 74 6.17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Remi Casty 1 0 38 11 0 1 0 9 66 7.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Jason Baitieri 0 0 26 6 1 0 0 7 63 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kenny Edwards 0 0 20 4 2 0 0 4 44 11.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Louis Anderson 0 0 20 4 1 0 0 4 25 6.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Benjamin Jullien 0 0 32 2 1 0 0 4 24 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Josh Drinkwater 0 3 22 5 4 0 7 2 21 10.50 0 0 3 0 4 0 0 1
    Michael McIlorum 0 0 30 2 5 0 2 4 20 5.00 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 3

    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