Super League: Aaron Murphy's hat-trick helps Huddersfield Giants thrash Widnes vikings
Last Updated: 01/04/13 7:28pm
Huddersfield got back to winning ways in Super League in emphatic fashion, thrashing woeful Widnes 62-6 at the John Smith's Stadium.
Winger Aaron Murphy helped himself to a hat-trick and second rower Michael Lawrence marked his first appearance of the season by touching down as the rampant Giants ran in 11 tries on Easter Monday.
However Danny Brough was once again the star turn for Huddersfield, the half-back grabbing a try and kicking 11 goals to help quickly erase the memory of his side's Good Friday's reverse at the hands of lowly Salford.
Any concerns about the hosts suffering a third straight defeat disappeared when they crossed four times in the space of 15 first-half minutes, their purple patch helping them open up a 26-0 lead by the break.
Brough's kick to the corner allowed Murphy to open the scoring after just two minutes, though the Giants were made to wait for their next score.
When it came, though, it opened the floodgates. Leroy Cudjoe and Jermaine McGillvray set up Grix's first of the afternoon and after adding the conversion, Brough himself went over after a break by Joe Wardle.
Lawrence, whose start to the campaign was held up by an ankle injury, heaped further misery on the Vikings and Murphy got his second on the half-hour mark, though for the first time Brough was unable to add the extras.
Despite the comfortable cushion, the Giants were in no mood to slow things down in the second half, as Luke George's 80-metre effort proved just two minutes after the re-start.
Fellow substitute Jamie Cording was put in by a bullet pass from Brough and then a fine team move that saw the ball moved through several pair of hands was finished off by winger McGillvary.
Grix's second was followed by a rare moment to celebrate for Widnes' travelling fans, Joe Mellor going over for a try that left Tom Gilmore with a comfortable conversion from right in front of the posts.
Yet all their score seemed to do was anger the Giants back into action for the final 10 minutes; Brough again kicked for Murphy to complete his treble and hooker Shaun Lunt caught the tired Vikings cold from dummy half for the final try. Brough converted both to finish with a personal haul of 22 points.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2013, round ten
Michael Lawrence has expressed his delight at making a try-scoring return against Widnes after recovering from injury.
Leeds coach Brian McDermott hit out at the high penalty count against his side in their 27-12 win at Catalans Dragons.
Leeds Rhinos overcame Ryan Bailey's second half red card to win 27-12 at the high-flying Catalan Dragons.
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- Gentle delighted with triumph
- Wigan boss wanted shut-out
- Cummins: We'll learn from win
- Millward wants consistency
- Betts: Scrap double header
- Bulls not threatened by Reds
- Hull bounce back at Wakefield
- Saints see off tame Tigers
- Warriors run riot over Robins
- Wolves too good for Broncos
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- Rovers v Warriors: Teams
- Wildcats v Hull FC: Teams
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- Saints v Tigers: Teams
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