An inexperienced Leeds side could not keep pace with the dancing feet of Danny Brough as Huddersfield tightened their grip on second place in Super League yesterday.
For once it was not the stand-off's celebrated kicking game to the fore as he ran the Rhinos ragged and was rarely if ever stopped by the first tackler. "It's something I've been encouraging Danny to do and he had his best running game of the season today," said his coach, Paul Anderson.
Huddersfield owed their 10-point half-time lead in no small measure to the creativity of Brough, the man England did not want for the World Cup, his weaving run and long pass to Leroy Cudjoe paving the way for Luke Robinson's opening try. Brough also landed six of seven conversions to underscore the Giants' superiority.
Former Leeds hooker Shaun Lunt, another player surplus to England's requirements, also had an outstanding game, scoring twice, and it was his lightning dart for Cudjoe to score that effectively tied up the points. Leeds, with nine regulars missing, got two tries from Liam Sutcliffe and one from Ben Jones-Bishop.
"I thought some of the tries we conceded were very defendable," said the Rhinos coach, Brian McDermott.