Clinical Briscoe helps put Giants out of their misery

Hull 46 Huddersfield 10

Two classic wingman's tries in the first seven minutes from Tom Briscoe put Hull on the way to a clear-cut victory that ended a season that had outstayed its welcome for Huddersfield.

Hull were not always brilliant, but they live to fight another day in the Super League play-offs because their opponents were abject. It takes an effort now to recall that the Giants were the team of the early spring; such has been their wretched form in the summer, however, that this game came not just a few weeks too late, but a few months.

Hull now go to Warrington on Saturday, where they will have to play better than this to stay alive. They did serve notice last night, though, that they carry a threat out wide, with Jamie Foster also chipping in with a couple of tries. The potentially match-defining moment came early. Luke George was on his way to a long-distance try for the Giants, when he was correctly brought back for Brett Ferres' fingertip knock-on.

From the scrum possession, Hull moved the ball direct to the left flank, where Briscoe scored in the corner.Huddersfield were conceding far too many penalties. From one of them, for Luke O'Donnell's high tackle, Hull went in the same direction. Willie Manu produced a freakish overhead pass and Briscoe was in again, despite Eorl Crabtree's valiant attempt to put him into touch.

Crabtree – the "Hulk of Huddersfield" in the RFL's new advertising campaign – was one man who could not be blamed for the Giants' plight. Quite apart from his tireless defensive efforts over an 80 minute stint in the front row, Huddersfield had little to offer in attack apart from his headlong charges.

A more convincing Hull would have been more than 10 points ahead, but Foster and Danny Houghton both had tries disallowed, for a forward pass and a knock-on respectively. As it was, they had to be content with another two points, from Foster's second goal and a contentious penalty.

Any thoughts that the black-and-whites were letting the Giants off lightly had to be reassessed straight after the interval, when Jordan Turner's break and Foster's finish stretched their lead. The Huddersfield defence was no barrier whatsoever as the flanker on loan from St Helens went over for his second a few minutes later, followed by one from 10 metres by Liam Watts.

Everything was working now for Hull, including a chip and regather from Aaron Heremaia that brought them their sixth try. The magnificently defiant Crabtree went 35 metres for a consolation effort; if anyone deserved consolation, it was him, and he inspired Scott Grix to a quick second, before Andy Lynch and Richard Horne restored normal service for Hull.

It was a match which had been won and lost much earlier. As Lynch, the Hull captain, put it: "The first 10 minutes set the tone."

 



Hull: Horne; Foster, Turner, Yeaman, Briscoe; Seymour, Heremaia; Watts, Houghton, Lynch. Manu, Westerman, Aspinwall. Substitutes used: O'Meley, Green, Crooks, Pitts.

Huddersfield: Cudjoe; McGillvary, Lawrence, Wardle, George; Crabtree, Faiumu, Mason, Fa'alogo, Ferres, O'Donnell. Substitutes used: Robinson, Patrick, Ferguson, Chan. Referee: J.Child (Dewsbury)

News
Susan Sarandon described David Bowie as
peopleSusan Sarandon reveals more on her David Bowie romance
Sport
Arsenal supporters gather for a recent ‘fan party’ in New Jersey
football
Sport
sportDidier Drogba returns to Chelsea on one-year deal
Arts and Entertainment
The Secret Cinema performance of Back to the Future has been cancelled again
film
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Balmain's autumn/winter 2014 campaign, shot by Mario Sorrenti and featuring Binx Walton, Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, Ysaunny Brito, Issa Lish and Kayla Scott
fashionHow Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Christian Grey cradles Ana in the Fifty Shades of Grey film
filmFifty Shades of Grey trailer provokes moral outrage in US
News
BBC broadcaster and presenter Evan Davis, who will be taking over from Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight
peopleForget Paxman - what will Evan Davis be like on Newsnight?
Life and Style
fashionCustomer complained about the visibly protruding ribs
Voices
The new dawn heralded by George Osborne has yet to rise
voicesJames Moore: As the Tories rub their hands together, the average voter will be asking why they're not getting a piece of the action
Sport
Dejan Lovren celebrates scoring for Southampton although the goal was later credited to Adam Lallana
sport
News
newsComedy club forced to apologise as maggots eating a dead pigeon fall out of air-conditioning
Arts and Entertainment
Jo Brand says she's mellowed a lot
tvJo Brand says shows encourage people to laugh at the vulnerable
Life and Style
People may feel that they're procrastinating by watching TV in the evening
life
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Evan Davis: The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing to take over at Newsnight

The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing

What will Evan Davis be like on Newsnight?
Finding the names for America’s shame: What happens to the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert?

Finding the names for America’s shame

The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
Inside a church for Born Again Christians: Speaking to God in a Manchester multiplex

Inside a church for Born Again Christians

As Britain's Anglican church struggles to establish its modern identity, one branch of Christianity is booming
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain made his name dressing the mid-century jet set. Today, Olivier Rousteing – heir to the house Pierre built – is celebrating their 21st-century equivalents. The result? Nothing short of Balmania
Cancer, cardiac arrest, HIV and homelessness - and he's only 39

Incredible survival story of David Tovey

Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little