Brough and Lunt run weak Leeds ragged
Huddersfield 40 Leeds 18
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
The John Smith's Stadium
Monday 24 June 2013
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.
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