Yeaman's double fells Giants in a thrilling finale
Hull 28 Huddersfield 24
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.
Monday 02 July 2012
Two late tries from the discarded England centre Kirk Yeaman snatched the spoils for Hull at the end of a pulsating contest yesterday.
A game that could have gone either way was decided by two flashes of opportunism from a player who is surely capable of reclaiming his Test place.
These were two play-off contenders whose recent form had been patchy at best and Huddersfield could hardly have begun the game more ineptly.
Danny Brough's first kick of the match went straight into touch and a penalty conceded by Luke George for ball-stealing gave Hull an inviting position.
They exploited it when Richard Horne, playing at full-back, came into the line and put Ben Crooks over in the corner.
Despite some promising touches by the in-form Eorl Crabtree, it took the Giants until midway through the first half to respond. George and Greg Eden led a counter-attack from deep and, when the ball was spread to the right, Leroy Cudjoe had room to touch down.
Hull regained the lead when Scott Moore was penalised for a high tackle and the ball went along the line for Tom Briscoe to score in the corner.
In the final seconds of a fluctuating first half, Danny Brough, in line for his England debut this week, stood in the tackle near the Hull try-line and David Faiumu arrived in support to score.
Huddersfield extended their lead with a long-range try that turned defence into attack. Brett Seymour put in a dangerous kick, Kevin Brown scooped it up and ran it back and, even though George was caught, the Giants scored on the other wing through Aaron Murphy.
Aaron Heremaia brought Hull back into it on his home debut, selling a big dummy to cut the margin. It was then a case of the biggest Giant of all, Crabtree, looking to have lost the game and then won it. When his off-load went to ground, Yeaman kicked ahead and won the race, although Brough argued in vain that he had prevented him touching down.
Crabtree made instant amends by scoring from Faiumu's pass, but Hull regained possession when Danny Tickle's kick-off bounced into touch.
With the Huddersfield defence massing desperately near their sticks, there was room on the far edge for Yeaman to grab the winner.
It made a refreshing change for the Hull coach, Peter Gentle. "It wasn't textbook at times, but we found a way to win," he said. "We've been rolled over so often in the last 10 minutes this season."
Huddersfield's Nathan Brown was not too down-hearted. "I'm disappointed with the result, but that's the best we've played for about six weeks," he said.
Hull Horne; Crooks, Turner, Yeaman, Briscoe; Whiting, Seymour; Moa, Heremaia, Lynch, Manu, Tickle, Westerman. Substitutes used Pitts, Aspinwall, Nicklas, Watts. Huddersfield Eden; Murphy, Cudjoe, Gilmour, George; Brough, Grix; Crabtree, Moore, Mason, Patrick, Lawrence, Brown. Substitutes used Chan, O'Donnell, Lee, Faiumu.
Referee J Child (Dewsbury).
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