20th July 2018, 22:01 | super_league
Huddersfield Giants booked their place in the Super 8s with a storming 32-18 triumph to stun hosts Castleford Tigers.
England winger Jermaine McGillvary led the visitors’ charge with a well-taken hat-trick to deny the Tigers the chance to move up to second in the Betfred Super League table with one week of the regular season remaining.
The victory made it five from the last six games for head coach Simon Woolford’s resurgent Giants, whose form in the second half of the campaign could make them a genuine threat in the play-off scrap to make it to the Old Trafford Grand Final in October.
McGillvary's first two tries cancelled out efforts from Jamie Ellis and Jake Trueman before Lee Gaskell made it 18-18 at the break following Junior Moors' score.
Leroy Cudjoe and Darnell McIntosh put the Giants in control before McGillvary's third try and Danny Brough's fourth goal from a penaty secured a huge scalp for Huddersfield.
Woolford said: “When I took over, I was expecting to be preparing us for the Qualifiers. So to have secured a place in the Super 8s with a game to spare is a remarkable achievement for this group. They deserve all the credit in the world.
“We’ve come a long way in a relatively short amount of time, and hopefully we can keep on building and see where it gets us in the Super 8s. But wins like this one away from home at a side like Castleford should give us a great deal of confidence."
Tigers head coach Daryl Powell conceded: “I thought we were off the pace, but Huddersfield were great. They played really well.
“We did cop a fair few injuries, although that wasn’t the reason we lost. We lost because of our attitude and the fact that Huddersfield looked more desperate for the win than us.
“That’s obviously hugely disappointing, and I can’t remember the last time we fell apart in the second half as badly as we did in this game."