22 Mar 2019

Giants defeat Hull KR

Huddersfield moved off the foot of the Super League standings with a 42-8 home demolition of Hull KR.

It was just a second top-flight triumph of the campaign for Simon Woolford’s men, who celebrated an excellent evening’s work by leapfrogging Wigan and Leeds in the standings.

The destruction was spearheaded by England winger Jermaine McGillvary and England Knights hooker Kruise Leeming, who both crossed twice in the seven-try rout.

Ryan Shaw gave Rovers the lead with a straightforward penalty but Lee Gaskell levelled the scores and Leeming, Oliver Roberts and Darnell McIntosh crossed to earn Huddersfield a 20-2 half-time lead.

Leeming’s second, McGillvary’s brace and Suaia Matagi made it a comprehensive win despite Weller Hauraki’s consolation try.

Giants coach Simon Woolford said: "The way we played against Hull KR didn’t came as a surprise to me, I knew the boys had it them.

“We defended very well and were pretty clinical in attack, and I thought several of our players produced their best performance of the season.

“The key now is to make sure we keep on improving both individually and collectively. In the next couple of weeks we should get some of our players back, which is obviously going to help as well.”   

Rovers boss Tim Sheens said: "We were outgunned in the middle and their outside backs and nine (Leeming) really hurt us.

“But it was always going to be tough for us. Because we had three 18-year-old academy players on the bench, we really needed to make a positive start when we had a strong initial 13 on the park. Unfortunately, that didn’t prove the case and it made it a tough night for us.

"Everyone is understandably disappointed with the way things went. All being well, we’ll be getting a number of senior players back over the next few weeks, and that’s clearly going to help.”

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