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Huddersfield 60 Catalan 16

Winger Jermaine McGillvary and England forward Brett Ferres both scored hat-tricks as Huddersfield Giants put Catalan Dragons to the sword to pile the pressure on Super League leaders Wigan Warriors.
Huddersfield 60 Catalan 16
by rleague.com

Winger Jermaine McGillvary and England forward Brett Ferres both scored hat-tricks as Huddersfield Giants put Catalan Dragons to the sword to pile the pressure on Super League leaders Wigan Warriors.

The Giants were in rampant form at the John Smith's Stadium as they completed the double over the French side and took full advantage of Wigan's shock home defeat by Castleford Tigers to move to within a point of the table-toppers.

Their 10-try romp was masterminded by skipper Danny Brough, who toyed with a woeful Dragons defence and kicked 10 goals from 11 attempts.

Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson will be displeased by the concession of four tries but his counterpart Laurent Frayssinous will be absolutely livid with his side's lacklustre display and indiscipline.

Brough did most of the damage in the opening quarter, getting the outstanding Ferres over for two tries and winger Aaron Murphy for one and the visitors never really recovered.

Ferres, beginning to look every inch an international forward, took Brough's short pass to open the scoring and collected a grubber kick from his skipper to register his second.

Varying his game superbly, Brough's cut-out pass got Murphy over at the corner while his kicking out of hand in the swirling wind caused all sorts of problems for the Dragons defenders.

If the Catalans' defence was catastrophic, that of the Giants was not much better as they gifted their visitors three tries before half-time.

Centre Vincent Duport touched down after collecting Scott Dureau's high kick, left winger Frederic Vaccari scored a scrappy one at the corner and right winger Damien Blanch went though two defenders from dummy half to add a third.

Dureau was unable to kick any of his conversion attempts to leave his side trailing 16-12 and Huddersfield pulled away to open up a 12-point lead by half-time.

McGillvary picked off Leon Pryce's lofted pass to sprint 70 metres for his first try, despite the valiant efforts of 39-year-old Steve Menzies to track him down, and Brough took his goal tally to four from five with a penalty on the stroke of half-time.

The Catalans conceded just those two points while down to 12 men, with Dureau in the sin bin for a professional foul, but their defence cracked again immediately on his return when Ferres squeezed the ball out of a tackle near their line for Luke George to go over for his side's fifth try.

Second rower Zeb Taia went through some weak Huddersfield defence to pull a try back for the visitors on 54 minutes but Thomas Bosc had no more success with the boot than Dureau as he sliced the conversion attempt wide.

The errors continued at an alarming rate but Huddersfield maintained their concentration to add five further tries in the last 23 minutes.

Hooker Shaun Lunt got his 16th of the season after supporting a burst from halfway by second rower Dale Ferguson and Ferres finished off a break by prop Larne Patrick to complete his hat-trick on 63 minutes.

The Giants then turned on the style against a fast-fading Catalan side, with McGillvary beating Vaccari to the ball from Luke Robinson's kick and taking Ferres' pass to complete his hat-trick before Lunt picked up a loose ball from the re-start to get centre Leroy Cudjoe racing away for their 10th try.

Huddersfield Giants 60
Tries: Brett Ferres 3, Jermaine McGillvary 3, Aaron Murphy, Luke George, Shaun Lunt, Leroy Cudjoe
Goals: Danny Brough 10

Catalan Dragons 16
Tries: Vincent Duport, Frederic Vaccari, Damien Blanch, Zeb Taia
Goals: Nil

Date: Friday 28th June 2013
Venue: The John Smith's Stadium
Crowd: 5,052
Referee: J Child
Half Time: Huddersfield 24-12




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