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Sunday 4th May 2014, 15:00 - Round:11
|Joe Wardle, Leroy Cudjoe, Jermaine McGillvary, Scott Grix, Aaron Murphy,||T||Michael Shenton, Justin Carney, Kirk Dixon, Jake Webster, Daryl Clark,|
Danny Brough 4,
Marc Sneyd 4,
Attendance: 7,195 Official: J Child Venue: The John Smith's Stadium
Huddersfield Giants captain Danny Brough sealed a third consecutive win for his side in First Utility Super League with a late drop goal to inflict only a third defeat of the season on Castleford Tigers.
The Scotland captain finally settled a pulsating encounter at the John Smith's Stadium six minutes from the end, taking his points tally for the Giants to 997 with the kick that earned his side a 29-28 victory.
Huddersfield winger Jermaine McGillvary was among the tryscorers on his 100th appearance for the club as Castleford missed the chance to go second in the table ahead of the visit of leaders Leeds Rhinos on Thursday.
The visitors made an ideal start, with two converted tries inside the first 15 minutes.
Captain Michael Shenton, whose early-season form has propelled him into contention for an England recall, produced a fend on incumbent centre Leroy Cudjoe to go in for his ninth try of the season.
Shenton's in-form wing partner Justin Carney then demonstrated his prowess with a 60-metre burst, easily rounding full-back Scott Grix to touch down for his 10th try of the campaign.
Marc Sneyd added both goals to make it 12-0 and the Tigers worked over-time to keep their lead intact as Huddersfield fought back.
McGillvary was close to scoring at the corner and prop Eorl Crabtree dropped Shaun Lunt's pass with the tryline beckoning as Castleford scrambled superbly.
The turning point came on 28 minutes when Castleford second rower Weller Hauraki burst clear but sent out a wayward final pass which Huddersfield substitute David Faiumu swooped on to get Grix away on a relieving run.
From the next play, Brough's sharp pass got centre Joe Wardle over the line and six minutes later a surging run from ever-dangerous second rower Jason Chan set up the position for Cudjoe to go over for the Giants' second try.
Brough converted both to tie the scores but was wide with a long-range penalty on the stroke of half-time as he attempted to put his side in front.
The momentum was with the Giants and they duly took the lead for the first time within two minutes of the restart when replacement hooker Kyle Wood sped away from the ruck to get McGillvary over for their third try.
Castleford levelled four minutes later when right winger Kirk Dixon leapt above Aaron Murphy to collect Sneyd's kick to the corner and touch down but the visitors' joy was short-lived as Huddersfield went up a gear.
Grix forced his way over for a try after second rower Ukuma Ta'a had been brought down short and Brough's 40-20 kick set up the position for left winger Murphy to finish a sweeping crossfield move for the Giants' fifth try.
Brough kicked his fourth goal to create a 12-point cushion but that went as quickly as it came as the visitors roared back.
Castleford substitute Jake Webster sent Giants scrum-half Luke Robinson flying on a 60-metre run for a 65th-minute solo try and six minutes later hooker Daryl Clark regathered the ball from his own grubber kick on the last tackle to touch down.
Sneyd took his goal tally to four from five attempts to tie the scores for a third time but Brough broke the deadlock on 74 minutes with a drop goal.
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