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Challenge Cup: Hull FC 16 Huddersfield 42

Super League leaders Huddersfield came from 14-0 down to sweep aside injury-hit Hull 42-16 with a dominant second-half display and book their place in the fifth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.
Challenge Cup: Hull FC 16 Huddersfield 42
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Super League leaders Huddersfield came from 14-0 down to sweep aside injury-hit Hull 42-16 with a dominant second-half display and book their place in the fifth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.

The Giants' exciting outside backs did the damage, scoring six of their eight tries, the pick of them an 80-metre individual effort from Leroy Cudjoe that put them in front for the first time on 54 minutes.

There was a touch of deja vu for Hull, who seven days earlier had led after an hour of the Super League match between the two teams at the Galpharm Stadium before conceding three late tries to go down 22-4.

Huddersfield's greater strength in depth was once more a crucial factor as they ran in seven tries in a one-sided second half at the KC Stadium.

Hull were forced to give a debut to three-quarter Ben Crooks, the 18-year-old son of former Hull and Great Britain forward Lee Crooks, in the absence of nine first teamers and had a third-choice full-back in Reece Lyne.

Tongan prop Sam Moa showed some nice touches on his return from compassionate leave while England winger Tom Briscoe came up with a couple of early runs to demonstrate Hull's danger.

It was Briscoe who opened the scoring 10 minutes into the game, finishing off a neat crossfield move to touch down at the corner.

Huddersfield defended stoutly in the middle but were exposed on the flanks a second time on 23 minutes when centre Jordan Turner once more got Briscoe racing over at the corner.

Danny Tickle kicked both difficult conversions and extended his side's lead to 14-0 with a penalty before Huddersfield pulled a try back a minute before the interval.

A handling error by scrum-half Brett Seymour put the visitors into a perfect attacking position and winger Luke George took Kevin Brown's long pass to cross for his 11th try of the season.

Danny Brough's touchline conversion cut the gap to eight points and it was down to four within two minutes of the re-start when George raced over for his second of the match.

Tickle kicked a second penalty from a brief foray into the Huddersfield 20-metre area and Briscoe went within inches of completing his hat-trick but the momentum was firmly with the Giants in the second half.

Exciting full-back Greg Eden was put through a gap by Brough and had the pace to see off the cover as he crossed at the corner and Huddersfield eventually went in front thanks to Cudjoe's spectacular long-range solo effort.

With the visitors' confidence on the rise, skipper Kevin Brown then carved out an opening for centre Joe Wardle to go 60 metres for a score and Cudjoe added his second on the hour.

As Hull chanced their arm with the game slipping away from them, Huddersfield punished them further with hooker Luke Robinson and second rower Jason Chan adding tries and Brough taking his goal tally to five.

Hull FC 16
T: Tom Briscoe 2
G: Danny Tickle 4

Huddersfield Giants 42
T: Luke George 2, Leroy Cudjoe 2, Greg Eden, Joe Wardle, Luke Robinson, Jason Chan
G: Danny Brough 5




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