Ricky Leutele scored a quick 15-minute hat-trick to send the Huddersfield Giants to their fourth win in five Super League games as they maintained a superb start to the season, despite resistance from the Castleford Tigers
Last Updated: 12/03/22 5:56 pm
Huddersfield resisted Castleford’s gruesome resistance to maintain impressive form early in the season with a remarkable 36-24 win at John Smith’s Stadium, where four players spent time in the trash.
The Tigers went 18-0 in the first half to take the lead with four tries in 18 minutes but centre-back Ricky Leutele grabbed a hat-trick in 15 minutes to take the Giants to their fourth win of the year. Super League match.
The result lifted Huddersfield to second in the table but left Castleford bottom of the table, just behind Toulouse after winning just one of their opening five games under manager Lee Radford.
Despite a lot of effort, the highlight will be the spate of yellow cards, which has maintained the theme of the season so far.
Castleford has been boosted by the return of supporter Liam Watts from suspension while the Giants benefited from the return of player Danny Levi, who has maintained a sparkling start to his Super League career mine.
The Giants looked sleek from the start and took the lead after seven minutes as Levi’s short ball assisted Owen Trout plunging in the opening effort and Will Pryce started the first of his six goals in seven. to try on.
They doubled their lead in the 14th minute when second-row Chris McQueen caught Oliver Russell’s high kick and put captain Luke Yates to the test and they should have scored again when centre-back Leroy Cudjoe intercepted. Got a kick from Tui Lolohea but sent the ball wide of the post.
Huddersfield confirmed the right to take a penalty when McQueen was pulled back by Jake Trueman as he chased a kick but had to be satisfied with a penalty, which Pryce kicked to make it 14-0.
Trueman was punished for the foul by referee James Child and the hosts took advantage of the extra man by giving England winger Jermaine McGillivary a third try seven minutes before the break.
Huddersfield was also down to 12 men when Levi was shown a yellow card for a late challenge on striker Joe Westerman and Castleford scored early in the second half when Trueman was shot wide by substitute Watts to score the first.
Gareth O’Brien added the switch and the deficit dropped to just six points in the 50th minute as centre-back Mahe Fonua displayed unsurpassed power to force him over the barrier despite the three’s attention. defender.
There appeared to be a decisive turn towards the Tigers in the 54th minute as McGillivary became the third player on the ball for a late foul on O’Brien, and the visitors made the most of it by running twice in four minutes to take the lead. .
Winger Greg Eden, one of five former Huddersfield players in the Tigers ranks, scored in a position McGillivary should have defended and then created a break for Trueman to score a second.
O’Brien’s fourth conversion put his team 24-18 ahead but a 63-minute foul by George Lawler for a dangerous tackle leveled the numbers and helped Huddersfield even up the scoreboard. when Leutele passed on the first attempt. .
The Giants kept up the pressure and it paid off eight minutes later when Leutele added a second copybook attempt and he completed his hat-trick three minutes after the finish.