Home sweet for Giants

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Brandon Costin led the way as Huddersfield overwhelmed Warrington 52-10 to earn their first home win of the season yesterday. The stand-off collected two tries and eight goals in a sublime performance and the visitors simply had no answer to the rampant Giants.

Two months ago Costin was vilified for a late tackle on the St Helens's Sean Long which ended the scrum-half's season. But since returning from a three-match suspension, the reformed Costin has spearheaded the Giants' mid-season revival.

Bradford Bulls shrugged off the absence of the Paul brothers to consolidate their position at the top of Super League. With Henry and Robbie still making their way back from Friday's Trans-Tasman Test in Wellington, the Bulls put the spotlight on the youngsters Leon Pryce and Paul Deacon and both shone against a weakened Castleford side.

Pryce, tipped as a future Great Britain stand-off, scored one of Bradford's seven tries and set up another for scrum-half Deacon, who demonstrated precision marksmanship by kicking eight goals from as many attempts.

Wakefield fans had more to cheer in their 23-29 defeat at Belle Vue to Wigan than they have since they beat Bradford way back in April. The recent run of defeats and the threat of a six-point deduction have taken their toll on Wakefield but they came within a whisker of beating the second-placed Warriors

Leigh booked a play-off semi-final with Widnes with an explosive first-half display which swept away the challenge of Featherstone Rovers at Hilton Park yesterday.

A shock home defeat by Oldham last week denied last year's beaten Grand Finalists a week off and the Centurions knew another failure yesterday would have ended their Super League dream for another season.

Leigh, who walked away with the Northern Ford Premiership title, dominated the first 40 minutes and built up a match-winning 22-0 interval lead thanks to tries from Adam Bristow, David Bradbury and Neil Turley. Leigh will now take on Wigan as their quest to reach the Grand Final on 28 July continues.

Rochdale Hornets moved one step closer to the Grand Final with a battling 21-14 victory over in-form Hull Kingston Rovers at Spotland.