London Broncos 16 Huddersfield 30 match report: Paul Anderson delighted with his side's Giant effort after comeback
Visitors run in 20 unanswered second-half points en route to a fourth successive Super League victory
Sunday 11 May 2014
Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson hailed his side's battling qualities after the Giants fought back to defeat London Broncos 30-16 at The Hive.
The visitors lost both full-back Jake Connor and winger Jermaine McGillvary to injury in a bruising first half, which saw Huddersfield trailing 16-10. But Anderson's charges responded in style after the break, running in 20 unanswered points en route to a fourth successive Super League victory.
A delighted Anderson said afterwards: "If you look at the adversity we had to go through I'm pretty pleased.
"We had players out of position and others playing longer than they normally would. I really take my hat off to the boys.
"We had to reset, calm down and make some changes at half-time and I cannot fault the effort."
He added: "London really provided us with a challenge today, and to keep them scoreless in the second half was a great effort."
The Giants were the fastest out of the blocks, Shaun Lunt giving them an early lead. Atelea Vea responded for the hosts, only for Ukuma Ta'ai to add a second Huddersfield score.
London enjoyed a purple patch before the break, with both Alex Foster and Denny Solomona crossing for tries, Josh Drinkwater also booting a penalty. But the visitors upped their game as the rain lashed down after the break, with Anthony Mullally, Ta'ai and Leroy Cudjoe grabbing tries, plus Scotland's Danny Brough kicking eight further points.
The reverse, the Broncos' twelfth on the bounce, ruined coach Joe Grima's debut match in charge of the Londoners, having stepped into the hotseat after Tony Rea's departure earlier in the week.
"I think we earned a little bit more respect today, but respect does not earn you two points," Grima said.
"We are definitely making inroads though – today was a very good performance for 40 minutes and what we have to do is convert that into an 80-minute performance."
Elsewhere, Ben Jones-Bishop will leave Super League leaders Leeds Rhinos at the end of the season. The 25-year-old England Knights winger is out of contract this year and has rejected the offer of a new deal. Jones-Bishop lost his place to England winger Tom Briscoe following his arrival from Hull and has made just five appearances this season.
Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington admitted: "It is always disappointing to lose a local player like Ben who has come through our academy and made his mark in the first team but we fully understand his decision to turn down the offer of a longer term contract last season to leave his options open.
"Ben was always going to be a valuable member of this year's squad and he will continue to be so until the end of the season."
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