Super League XVIII Preliminary Semi-Final review by Simon Reuben
Huddersfield Giants 76
Tries: Cudjoe 2, Robinson 4, Grix 2,
Murphy, Lunt 2, Ferres, Kopczak
Goals: Brough 12
Hull FC 18
Tries: Shaul, Briscoe 2
Goals: Tickle 3
Huddersfield annihilated Hull FC at the John Smith’s Stadium to book their place in the Super League Play-Off Semi-Finals.
After last week’s home loss to Wigan, Huddersfield needed to reverse their dismal play-off record with just two wins from their previous 10 ties. Hull were looking for a repeat of last year’s play-off in which they hammered the Giants.
However, that was not going to be the case as Huddersfield demolished the East Yorkshire side in the first half by running in nine tries to lead 54-6 at the break, which was the Black and Whites worst opening 40 minutes in the club's 148-year history.
From the first set it was all one-way traffic as Shaun Lunt, broke clear from Craig Kopczak ‘ off-load and the hooker fed Leroy Cudjoe who strolled with ease to the line.
Luke Robinson got on the end of a trademark Brough stabbed kick for his first try and full-back Scott Grix collected Joe Wardle pass to race 70 meters
Try number four followed on 12 minutes as Robinson dummied his way over. Aaron Murphy got on the end of Brett Ferres kick before Grix scored his second. Danny Brough made it 6 from 6 as Huddersfield led 36-0 after just 23 minutes of the game.
Hull stemmed the flow with a consolation try from Jamie Shaul after Daniel Holdsworth's towering kick landed on top of the post padding.
But, this was a temporary blip as three more tries followed in the final ten minutes of the half to take the Giants past fifty points. Robinson added two more to make it four for the game with Lunt also getting in on the try scoring act
At least Hull showed a bit of spirit after the break as they made the second half a bit of a contest. Playing in his last game for the East Yorkshire side Tom Briscoe scored a brace.
The Giants confirmed their dominance with Cudjoe making it a double. Ferres and Kopczak added further tries in the last six minutes as Huddersfield moved within eighty minutes of Old Trafford as they await Sunday lunchtime’s “Club Call” to see who they will play in next week’s qualifying Semi-Final.
Leeds Rhinos 11
Tries: Watkins, Moon
Drop Goal: McGuire
St Helens 10
Tries: Manu 2
Leeds Rhinos stayed on course for a third successive Grand Final by edging out St Helens in a Play-Off thriller at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.
The two most successful teams in the Super League era battled out the right to be in “Club Call” and eighty minutes away from Old Trafford.
Fifth place Saints came into this game in form on the back of one defeat in their last eight games but they had to get past the Play-Off masters Leeds Rhinos.
It was a tight contest in the first half, as both sides went at each other. St Helens came close with a break by Adam Swift, but Leeds skipper Kevin Sinfield denied him with a great cover tackle.
After having the majority of possession, the champions broke the deadlock on 31 minutes when Kallum Watkins took Zak Hardaker's pass and twisted out of Francis Meli's tackle to stretch over the line.
Five minutes later Danny McGuire forced his way to the line despite the attention of three defenders to plant the ball on the line but with the help of RefCam, the video referee ruled the try out as Leeds led 4-0 at Half time.
Within three minutes of the restart the Rhinos lead went out to 10-0 when McGuire's kick to the line bounced perfectly into the hands of Joel Moon who touchdown.
However, St Helens would not lie down and after a handling error by Jamie Peacock in his own 20 on fifty minutes, Jon Wilkin's superb pass got Willie Manu charging over for the visitors first try.
Jordan Turner kicked the extras as the gap was down to four points both teams looked for the killer blow but going into the final ten minutes of the contest the game was up for grabs.
However, there was some late drama. Firstly Manu romped over for his second try which brought the scores level. Turner missed the goal to give Saints the lead.
From the kick off Sinfield put the kick off out on the full, from the penalty, Wilkin missed a one-pointer opportunity before Leeds went down to the other end and McGuire won the game by kicking his chance as the Rhinos held for the win.
So on Sunday lunchtime under the “Club Call” system Warrington will pick either Leeds or Huddersfield as their opponents in next week’s Qualifying Semi-Final with the non-picked team travelling to Wigan.
Super League XVIII Preliminary Semi-Finals Review
- by Simon Reuben
- September 21 2013 12:24PM
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