Huddersfield Giants earned what was eventually a comfortable 22-0 victory tonight against Castleford Tigers at the John Smith’s Stadium, after they went in at the break just 6-0 ahead.
One of the highlights of the game was the battle between bullocking wingers Jermaine McGillvary and Justin Carney, with the Giants star, who scored his side’s final try, eventually coming out on top.
The first half was a tense, evenly contested affair, with both sides making crucial errors, and defences clearly on top.
The Giants almost went ahead on 16 minutes, but the video referee decided that Joe Wardle had dropped the ball when trying to ground it.
The first half looked as though it was going to be scoreless, until former Castleford star Jamie Ellis scored in the 38th minute, stepping inside Oliver Holmes to touch down, with Danny Brough’s goal giving a six-point lead.
The Giants extended their lead three minutes into the second half, when Brough gave a short pass to Ukama Ta’ai who beat Holmes and Dorn to touch down, with Brough adding the goal.
The Giants’ third try came from Aaron Murphy, who touched down in the corner when the Giants kept the ball alive. Brough couldn’t convert, but he added a penalty soon afterwards for an 18-point lead, and as their confidence grew they scored their fourth try by man of the math McGillvary, although Brough again missed the conversion.
A full report and photographs will feature in Monday’s edition of Rugby League Express.