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Huddersfield Giants 6-20 Catalans Dragons

Thursday 31st May 2018
KO: 19:35 - Round: Quarter Final

6-20 FT

HT: 0 4

Official: G Hewer

Venue: John Smith's Stadium

  • Huddersfield Giants

  • Tries
    Leroy Cudjoe,

  • Goals
    Danny Brough,

  • Drop Goals

  • Catalans Dragons

  • Tries
    David Mead, Greg Bird,

  • Goals
    Josh Drinkwater 6,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Catalans Dragons were the first side to book their place in the semi-finals of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup with a hard-fought 20-6 win over Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith's Stadium.

Josh Drinkwater kicked two penalties during the first period to give the Dragons a slender lead at half-time, but the Giants hit back just two minutes after the restart.

Captain Leroy Cudjoe, playing his first game of the season after recovering from major knee surgery, provided the inspiration with the opening try of the game, which was converted by Danny Brough.

However, the hosts were unable to build on that momentum as David Mead crossed just three minutes later and Greg Bird added another in the 66th minute.

Drinkwater produced a perfect kicking display, converting both tries to make it six goals from as many attempts on a memorable night for the Dragons.

Catalans head coach Steve McNamara said: "Catalans are one club who have yet to win a trophy so to be part of something that could be a first is a big attraction. It’s quite clearly big for the club.

"But we can park it to one side now, it’s eight weeks away and we’ve got a Super League competition we can focus on.

"We definitely won’t get carried away but the players have worked hard to implement change and they’ve stuck at it. We’re a long way from where we want to be but we’re elated about tonight, we’re starting to get some rewards.”

New Giants boss Simon Woolford said:  "I can’t fault the effort, that was there for everyone to see but we were just not good enough.

“I thought defensively we were pretty good. At the end of the day, it was two tries to one and it was probably a lack of discipline that cost us."

  • 68: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 66: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Greg Bird
  • 57: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 49: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 46: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 45: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by David Mead
  • 43: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 42: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Leroy Cudjoe
  • 39: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 6: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • Head to Head

    Tries:

    Giants 1
    Catalans 2

    Goals:

    Giants 1
    Catalans 6

    METRES:

    Giants 1027
    Catalans 1422

    CARRIES:

    Giants 167
    Catalans 181

    TACKLES:

    Giants 378
    Catalans 329

    OFFLOADS:

    Giants 11
    Catalans 12

    PENALTIES:

    Giants 9
    Catalans 7

    BREAKS:

    Giants 6
    Catalans 6