Sunday 21st July 2013, 15:00 - Round:22

Huddersfield Giants

Huddersfield Giants

48 (36)

VS.

Castleford Tigers

(4) 32

Castleford Tigers
Joe Wardle, Danny Brough, Ben Blackmore 2, Aaron Murphy 2, Leroy Cudjoe, Kyle Wood,

T Michael Shenton, Justin Carney 2, Daryl Clark, Rangi Chase, Weller Hauraki,

Danny Brough 8,

G

Kirk Dixon 4,

  DG  

Attendance: 5,733  Official: R Silverwood  Venue: -

TRIES:
8
6
TRIES:
GOALS:
8
4
GOALS:
METRES:
1402
1345
METRES:
CARRIES:
184
199
CARRIES:
TACKLES:
255
236
TACKLES:
OFFLOADS:
11
23
OFFLOADS:
PENALTIES:
3
2
PENALTIES:
BREAKS:
11
7
BREAKS:

Debutant Ben Blackmore helped Huddersfield put a bad week behind them with a first-half brace against his former club as the Giants survived a scare to go top of Super League with victory over Castleford Tigers.

The 20-year-old winger's first came on 20 minutes in the right corner from Scott Grix's final pass after Danny Brough's 40-20 kick won Huddersfield a scrum, while his second - a solo score that capped a six-try first half - arrived on the hooter and gave the Giants a 36-4 interval lead.

The hosts were 30-0 up after just half an hour, with both sides reduced to 12 men near the break after an ugly brawl.

Third-bottom Castleford threatened a comeback by scoring four converted tries in the second period, but the Giants held on.

Joe Wardle set Huddersfield on their way on 12 minutes from Aaron's Murphy's pass. Brough then weighed in with a stunning solo effort.

The Man of Steel contender, who has broken through the 250-point barrier for the season, dispossessed Adam Milner and romped 70 metres to the line.

Brough converted all eight of Huddersfield's tries and has now hit 23 goals in last four outings.

Blackmore's brace was sandwiched between fine individual scores from Murphy on 22 minutes and Leroy Cudjoe six minutes later.

Murphy sold the Castleford defence a smart dummy to break through while Cudjoe waltzed past a sleepy back-line.

Michael Shenton held off Grix on a solo charge into the right corner on 37 minutes to get the visitors off the mark. Kirk Dixon missed the conversion.

Castleford's Grant Millington and Huddersfield's Larne Patrick were then sin-binned for their roles in a bust-up near the away team's try-line.

The Tigers, who have not won at the John Smith's Stadium since a 13-6 victory in June 2009, scored twice early in the second half.

Justin Carney, a scorer in each of his last seven outings, and Daryl Clark dived over on 43 and 48 minutes respectively. Dixon twice added the extras.

An unlikely comeback looked on when Rangi Chase burst through for a solo effort in a game full of individual brilliance on 55 minutes.

Dixon again converted to leave Daryl Powell's men only 14 points down at 36-22 with 25 minutes still left to play.

Weller Hauraki reduced the deficit even further on 66 minutes, and Dixon added the extras again to leave the visitors just two scores down.

But Huddersfield clung on in a tense finale, Murphy settling their nerves with a converted touchdown three minutes from time.

Carney went over for Castleford on the hooter, but Kyle Wood and Brough had the last word for Huddersfield with an instant reply at the other end.

Ben Blackmore 2 0 7 3 3 5 0 15 130 8.67 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
Aaron Murphy 2 1 7 0 0 4 0 16 180 11.25 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Leroy Cudjoe 1 2 17 3 2 8 1 11 113 10.27 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 0
Josef Wardle 1 1 11 0 1 1 0 14 94 6.71 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
Danny Brough 1 0 11 1 2 2 8 19 139 7.32 1 2 2 2 8 0 0 0
Kyle Wood 1 0 23 3 2 1 0 17 101 5.94 2 15 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scott Grix 0 0 6 0 6 3 0 17 101 5.94 1 5 3 0 0 0 0 1
Luke Robinson 0 0 10 0 0 0 1 6 29 4.83 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 1
Eorl Crabtree 0 0 24 3 0 4 0 16 124 7.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Craig Kopczak 0 0 15 4 0 1 0 10 92 9.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brett Ferres 0 0 23 2 2 0 0 13 65 5.00 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0
Ukuma Ta'ai 0 0 19 2 1 0 0 4 28 7.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Dale Ferguson 0 0 18 2 2 2 0 6 57 9.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
David Faiumu 0 0 16 3 0 3 0 6 60 10.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Mike Lawrence 0 0 29 2 1 0 0 8 42 5.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Larne Patrick 0 0 12 1 2 1 0 4 30 7.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Anthony Mullally 0 0 7 1 1 0 0 2 17 8.50 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

  • (FB) S. Grix
  • (W) B. Blackmorex2
  • (W) L. Cudjoe
  • (U) J. Wardle
  • (U) A. Murphyx2
  • (SH) D. Broughx8
  • (H) L. Robinson
  • (P) E. Crabtree
  • (SH) K. Wood
  • (P) C. Kopczak
  • (SR) B. Ferres
  • (SR) U. Ta'ai
  • (SR) D. Ferguson
  • (H) D. Faiumu
  • (U) M. Lawrence
  • (SR) L. Patrick
  • (P) A. Mullally

Highlights

Key Performances

Player

Justin Carney

Metres: 163

Player

Weller Hauraki

Tackles: 31

Player

Rangi Chase

Metres: 182

Player

Grant Millington

Tackles: 31

Player

Aaron Murphy

Metres: 180

Clean Breaks: 3

Player

Danny Brough

Metres: 139

Forty Twenty: 2

Huddersfield Giants 48-32 Castleford Tigers 2013.superleague.co.uk