Saturday 16th March 2013, 17:30 - Round:7
|Shaun Lunt, Aaron Murphy, Joe Wardle, Scott Grix,||T||Ben Galea, Ben Crooks,|
Danny Brough 4,
Attendance: 5,536 Official: P Bentham Venue: The John Smith's Stadium
Huddersfield Giants were forced to show all their defensive qualities to grind out an ugly win over Hull FC that took them three points clear at the top of Super League.
Buoyed by their 52-0 rout of Castleford Tigers, Hull threatened to inflict a second consecutive home defeat on the leaders when they led 10-6 early in the second half but the Giants finished the stronger side to claim a sixth win from seven attempts.
Huddersfield dominated the opening quarter but only had an opportunist try from hooker Shaun Lunt to show for their efforts.
He dummied his way past a sprawling Chris Green after 18 minutes and Danny Brough added the conversion to put his side into a 6-0 lead.
Lunt and strong-running centre Leroy Cudjoe were both held up over the line as Hull defended stoutly.
After his superb kicking game that tormented champions Leeds a week earlier, Brough varied his tactics and three times the Giants turned the ball over on the last tackle close to the Hull line.
Eventually, the visitors gained a foothold in the game and stand-off Daniel Holdsworth was able to start applying some pressure on the Huddersfield defence with some attacking kicks.
The home side were indebted to left winger Aaron Murphy, who demonstrated safe hands to take care of most of the high kicks from Holdsworth, and they were grateful for the half-time whistle for some respite.
Hull's only first-half try came from second-rower Ben Galea, who took Danny Houghton's short pass on the burst to crash through the Huddersfield defence.
Holdsworth's conversion attempt rebounded off an upright but Hull thought they had scored again five minutes before half-time when centre Ben Crooks touched down a Holdsworth kick.
Referee Phil Bentham initially disallowed the try for offside before handing over the decision to video official Richard Silverwood, who ruled a knock-on by Crooks.
However, there was no denying Crooks five minutes into the second half when he followed up a grubber kick by full-back Shannon McDonnell to touch down after the bounce of the ball deceived Huddersfield defender Jermaine McGillvary.
Holdsworth's goal made it 10-6 but the lead was short-lived as Huddersfield recovered from their lethargy.
Murphy scored the Giants' second try, touching down at the corner after centre Joe Wardle had cleverly flicked on Brough's cut-out pass.
Brough's touchline conversion edged his side back in front but Hull stepped up their efforts and it took some resolute defence to keep them out, with Richard Horne and Houghton both going close to scoring.
Huddersfield extended their lead after 65 minutes when Wardle finished off the best move of the match, breaking out of his own half and taking a return pass to touch down.
Brough was off target for the first time with the attempted conversion but made amends five minutes later with a 40-metre penalty to put his side two scores in front.
Hull battled to the end and had a try from England winger Tom Briscoe disallowed for a forward pass before Cudjoe broke away to send full-back Scott Grix over for the game's final try.
TA: Try assists
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts
AT: Attacking kicks
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half
FT: Forty twenty
MG: Missed goals