Huddersfield Giants 18-36 Widnes Vikings

Sunday 28th February 2016
KO: 15:00 - Round: 3

18-36 FT

HT: 6 22

Attendance: 5,183

Official: J Child

Venue: The John Smith's Stadium

  • Huddersfield Giants

  • Tries
    Michael Lawrence, Larne Patrick, Jamie Foster,

  • Goals
    Jamie Foster 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • Widnes Vikings

  • Tries
    Chris Dean, Stefan Marsh 2, Charly Runciman, MacGraff Leuluai, Corey Thompson 2,

  • Goals
    Rhys Hanbury 4,

  • Drop Goals

Line Up

Bench

Rhys
Hanbury
Corey
Thompson
Chris
Bridge
Charly
Runciman
Stefan
Marsh
Joe
Mellor
Eamon
O'Carroll
Lloyd
White
Chris
Dean
Chris
Houston
Hep
Cahill
Manase
Manuokafoa
MacGraff
Leuluai
Aaron
Heremaia

Official Report / Commentary

Widnes Vikings stormed back to the top of First Utility Super League courtesy of a 36-18 victory away at Huddersfield that condemned the injury-hit Giants to a third consecutive defeat.

After Chris Dean opened the scoring in the 12th minute, former Giant Kevin Brown produced a fine cut-out pass to send Stefan Marsh in and then saw full-back Aaron Murphy spill his up-and-under that allowed Charly Runciman to open up a 16-0 lead.

But the Giants, whose injury problems mounted when Jamie Ellis suffered a shoulder problem, regrouped and crossed through Michael Lawrence, having exchanged neat passes with Jermaine McGillvary, in the 34th minute.

However, Widnes extended their advantage to 22-6 at half-time when Macgraff Leuluai crashed over from close range.

Marsh went in at the corner a minute after the restart and fellow winger Corey Thompson crossed twice, either side of Larne Patrick pulling a try back for the Giants, who had the final say as Jamie Foster converted his own try in the last minute.  

The win was Widnes' first away at Huddersfield since the advent of Super League and coach Denis Betts warned the real test will come as they battle to stay top over the next month.

"We've not won here for 20 years and it was a great overall performance," Betts said. "There are things in there we can do better - Joe Mellor was finding ways not to score a try.

"The lads are really made up with the fact we've been away from home three times and we've come out with six points from four games. We would have taken that early in the year.

"This next month the games are going to be coming thick and fast and it will be a real test for us. It becomes a war of attrition and the squad gets tested. It's nice (to be top) at this stage, we've made a really good start but we've got to make sure we get a bit more ruthless." 

Huddersfield go in search of that elusive first win against bottom-placed Leeds Rhinos, also winless, on Friday. 

"Historically that's a top-three game but both teams have copped some injuries and it will be a survival of the fittest," said Giants coach Paul Anderson. "Let's see who can throw out the healthiest team."

Ellis joined the likes of Danny Brough, Eorl Crabtree, Joe Wardle and Kyle Wood on the sidelines.

"Three quarters of our salary cap have watched today," he said. "One or two might have a chance for Friday but we've got to battle on. The key is to stick together. I thought Widnes were very good, we were poor and pretty soft if I'm honest.”

  • 80: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Jamie Foster
  • 80: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Jamie Foster
  • 67: TRY! scored for Widnes by Corey Thompson
  • 55: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Jamie Foster
  • 55: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Larne Patrick
  • 50: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Rhys Hanbury
  • 48: TRY! scored for Widnes by Corey Thompson
  • 41: TRY! scored for Widnes by Stefan Marsh
  • 40: TRY! scored for Widnes by MacGraff Leuluai
  • 40: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Rhys Hanbury
  • 35: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Jamie Foster
  • 34: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Michael Lawrence
  • 22: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Rhys Hanbury
  • 21: TRY! scored for Widnes by Charly Runciman
  • 18: TRY! scored for Widnes by Stefan Marsh
  • 13: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Rhys Hanbury
  • 12: TRY! scored for Widnes by Chris Dean
  • Key Performers

    Lloyd White

    Forty Twenty: 1

    Corey Thompson

    Clean Breaks: 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Huddersfield Giants 3
    Widnes Vikings 7

    Goals:

    Huddersfield Giants 3
    Widnes Vikings 4

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Daniel Smith 0 0 26 8 2 1 0 17 125 7.35 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Jermaine McGillvary 0 1 4 1 0 2 0 14 112 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Ukuma Ta'ai 0 0 32 3 0 2 0 13 108 8.31 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
    Ryan Hinchcliffe 0 0 42 8 3 0 0 10 84 8.40 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 4
    Sam Rapira 0 0 20 1 2 1 0 12 84 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Leroy Cudjoe 0 0 23 6 1 0 1 10 67 6.70 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Aaron Murphy 0 0 8 0 0 1 0 13 66 5.08 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Jamie Foster 1 0 4 0 2 1 0 8 61 7.63 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 1
    Oliver Roberts 0 0 24 3 1 1 0 9 61 6.78 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Sam Wood 0 0 7 0 5 0 0 7 56 8.00 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Mike Lawrence 1 0 28 6 0 2 0 7 53 7.57 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Larne Patrick 1 0 42 9 3 2 0 8 52 6.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Josh Johnson 0 0 18 3 3 0 0 8 49 6.13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Kruise Leeming 0 0 13 2 0 0 1 5 33 6.60 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Connor 0 2 10 0 5 1 7 3 32 10.67 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Nathan Mason 0 0 12 2 0 1 0 6 29 4.83 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Jamie Ellis 0 0 3 0 1 0 1 3 4 1.33 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Joe Mellor 0 0 20 2 0 6 2 14 116 8.29 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Houston 0 0 18 1 1 1 0 18 108 6.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Chris Bridge 0 3 5 0 2 4 0 16 99 6.19 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 1
    Corey Thompson 2 0 3 1 1 6 0 14 98 7.00 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Manese Manuokafoa 0 0 17 3 0 0 0 10 89 8.90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Lloyd White 0 0 27 6 3 0 0 14 88 6.29 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 3
    Kevin Brown 0 1 15 1 4 1 8 14 73 5.21 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Charly Runciman 1 1 23 3 1 0 0 9 72 8.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Hep Cahill 0 0 34 8 0 1 0 12 67 5.58 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Gil Dudson 0 0 22 5 1 0 0 10 59 5.90 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Rhys Hanbury 0 0 3 0 0 3 0 9 57 6.33 0 4 1 0 4 3 2 0
    Eamon O'Carroll 0 0 21 4 0 1 0 8 53 6.63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Stefan Marsh 2 0 2 1 0 3 0 9 51 5.67 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Macgraff Leuluai 1 0 14 3 1 1 0 7 46 6.57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Aaron Heremaia 0 1 24 3 0 0 0 6 43 7.17 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matt Whitley 0 0 29 9 1 0 0 6 42 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Chris Dean 1 0 13 3 0 1 0 6 23 3.83 1 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