Huddersfield Giants 20-18 Castleford Tigers

Thursday 11th April 2019
KO: 19:45 - Round: 10

20-18 FT

HT: 6 8

Attendance: 4,684

Official: B Thaler

Venue: John Smith's Stadium

  • Huddersfield Giants

  • Tries
    Alex Mellor (3),

  • Goals
    Darnell McIntosh (4),

  • Drop Goals

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Greg Eden, Matt Cook,

  • Goals
    Peter Mata'utia (5),

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Alex Mellor grabbed a hat-trick of tries as Huddersfield Giants claimed their fourth Betfred Super League win of the season with a thrilling 20-18 home triumph over third-placed Castleford Tigers.

The in-form back-row forward scored once in the first half and twice in the second in a West Yorkshire derby in which the lead changed hands six times.

The first half proved to be the tightest of affairs, with the Tigers holding a narrow 8-6 interval advantage.

Both teams crossed for one converted try each, while video referee Robert Hicks ruled out potential scores for Huddersfield's Lee Gaskell and Jermaine McGillvary and Castleford's Mike McMeeken.

The difference at the break proved to be a 21st-minute penalty from half-back Peter Mata'utia as the visitors made it clear they were prepared to grind the contest out.

McIntosh added the extras for the hosts and also kicked over two penalties, while Giants winger Greg Eden and substitute Matt Cook claimed a try apiece for the Tigers with Mata'utia converting both and adding two further penalties.

Huddersfield coach Simon Woolford said: "I’m really delighted for Alex. He was one of the players who started the season pretty slowly, but has really come to the fore over the past month or so - particularly when it comes to his defence.

"We all know how good Alex is when it comes to his attack. On defence it’s been a different matter. He’s had to work really hard on that part of his game, and this is now starting to pay off. So, as far as I’m concerned, that part of his game was just as pleasing for me as his three tries."

Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: "I thought we should have won it, to be honest. Huddersfield were probably better in the first half, but we were better in the second.

"Unfortunately, we didn’t have the calmness under pressure to get the job done."

  • 69: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Alex Mellor
  • 66: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Peter Mata'utia
  • 63: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Peter Mata'utia
  • 57: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Darnell McIntosh
  • 52: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Darnell McIntosh
  • 47: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Peter Mata'utia
  • 46: TRY! scored for Castleford by Matt Cook
  • 43: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Darnell McIntosh
  • 42: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Alex Mellor
  • 23: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Peter Mata'utia
  • 14: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Darnell McIntosh
  • 13: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Alex Mellor
  • 3: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Peter Mata'utia
  • 2: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • Key Performers

    Greg Eden

    Metres: 162

    Suaia Matagi

    Metres: 172

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Giants 3
    Tigers 2

    Goals:

    Giants 4
    Tigers 5

    METRES:

    Giants 1336
    Tigers 1404

    CARRIES:

    Giants 185
    Tigers 182

    TACKLES:

    Giants 322
    Tigers 325

    OFFLOADS:

    Giants 8
    Tigers 11

    PENALTIES:

    Giants 13
    Tigers 11

    BREAKS:

    Giants 7
    Tigers 3

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Suaia Matagi 0 0 29 6 5 1 0 19 172 9.05 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
    Jordan Turner 0 0 13 2 2 7 0 17 141 8.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jermaine McGillvary 0 1 2 0 1 2 0 15 132 8.80 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Ukuma Ta'ai 0 0 36 6 6 5 0 18 131 7.28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Kruise Leeming 0 0 33 9 3 0 0 19 99 5.21 1 17 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Darnell McIntosh 0 0 8 0 0 3 1 15 88 5.87 1 3 3 0 4 1 0 1
    Alex Mellor 3 0 34 6 1 4 1 11 87 7.91 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Sebastine Ikahihifo 0 0 20 3 1 6 0 11 87 7.91 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 1
    Akuila Uate 0 0 4 1 0 3 0 12 82 6.83 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Lee Gaskell 0 1 22 7 3 2 4 13 82 6.31 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Sam Hewitt 0 0 5 2 1 2 0 6 50 8.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joe Wardle 0 0 26 3 2 1 0 8 48 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Oliver Roberts 0 0 15 2 0 1 0 4 42 10.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Aaron Murphy 0 0 34 7 2 1 0 6 36 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jacob Wardle 0 0 12 1 0 2 0 3 35 11.67 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Matt Frawley 0 1 14 2 0 0 4 8 24 3.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Adam O'Brien 0 0 15 5 2 0 1 0 0 0 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
    Greg Eden 1 0 4 0 2 3 0 13 162 12.46 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Jesse Sene-Lafao 0 0 30 3 6 3 0 17 139 8.18 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
    Liam Watts 0 0 41 10 3 2 0 19 131 6.89 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 2
    Junior Moors 0 0 24 1 0 1 0 13 115 8.85 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Daniel Smith 0 0 38 9 5 2 0 13 115 8.85 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Matthew Cook 1 0 28 6 3 3 1 13 112 8.62 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Greg Minikin 0 0 3 0 3 2 1 15 105 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 30 5 1 0 0 15 94 6.27 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 1
    Jake Trueman 0 0 21 5 4 3 6 14 74 5.29 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Michael Shenton 0 0 19 7 3 3 0 7 72 10.29 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Peter Mata'utia 0 0 13 3 1 1 3 9 67 7.44 1 1 2 0 5 0 2 1
    Calum Turner 0 0 5 0 0 3 0 9 66 7.33 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    James Clare 0 0 4 0 1 0 1 11 65 5.91 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mitch Clark 0 0 20 4 2 3 0 7 54 7.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Adam Milner 0 0 23 1 4 0 0 6 28 4.67 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Grant Millington 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 5.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jacques O'Neill 0 0 22 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 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