Huddersfield’s second win of the season over Rovers moved them to within one point of their rivals for the title of surprise team of the Super League season.
Full of energy and enterprise and particularly well served at half-back by Kevin Brown and Luke Robinson, the Giants were always the more convincing side in slippery conditions at the Galpharm Stadium.
There was no hint of a score in a deadlocked first 10 minutes, but when the Giants struck they did so twice in quick succession. Huddersfield chose to run a penalty and
Scott Moore celebrated his England call-up this week by twisting his way over from an unlikely position. For the second try, David Hodgson and Paul Whatuira kept the ball alive on the left touchline for Luke Robinson to find the right angle to cut back against the grain and score.
Ben Galea’s superb flat pass put Kris Welham through for the visitors’ reply. However, Huddersfield went further in front, Lee Mossop, running on to Moore’s pass from dummy half for a try converted, like the previous two, by Leroy Cudjoe.
A couple of storming runs from Huddersfield’s other England selection for Paris, Eorl Crabtree, kept Rovers on the back foot in the second half, but they avoided conceding any more points. Any chance of a revival disappeared 10 minutes from time though when Ben Cockayne was penalised for a head tackle. The Giants again opted to run the ball and Whatuira got over from close range to clinch the points.
Huddersfield: Cudjoe; Aspinwall, Lawrence, Whatuira, Hodgson; Brown, Robinson; Mason, Moore, Jackson, Raleigh, Kirmond, Wild. Substitutes used: Lunt, Mossop, Crabtree, Faiumu.
Hull KR: Briscoe; Fox, Welham, Cockayne, Colbon; Galea, Dobson; Fozzard, Fitzhenry, Aizue, Newton, Walker, Murrell. Substitutes used: Netherton, Gene, Mills, Fisher.
Referee: R Silverwood (Mirfield).Reuse content