Super League: Danny Brough's late try sees Huddersfield past Hull FC
Last Updated: 07/07/13 5:42pm
Hull were condemned to a fourth straight Super League loss as they went down 22-16 to Huddersfield at the KC Stadium.
A late try from Danny Brough proved enough for the Giants to move back into second place in the table, Joe Arundel, Ukuma Ta'ai and Jermaine McGillvary having earlier crossed for the visitors.
The Black and Whites had actually broken the deadlock after just two minutes, through Chris Green, but still found themselves 12-10 down at the break.
A big hit on Luke Robinson by Gareth Ellis helped the hosts draw level at 16 apiece with a Mark O'Meley try, only for Brough to break his former club's hearts with six minutes remaining.
Green's early opener was cancelled out by Arundel before Ta'ai put the Giants ahead for the first time on a sweltering afternoon, the forward going in from close range.
Hull hit back in the last minute of the first half, Ellis producing a barnstorming run before passing on to Kirk Yeaman, who dived over in the corner. Danny Tickle missed the conversion to leave a two-point gap after an absorbing first 40 minutes.
The Airlie Birds started the second period brightly as they forced back to backdrop-outs but they could not make the pressure pay, with Joe Westerman knocking on three metres from the line.
They paid the price for not turning their dominance into points when, against the run of play, Huddersfield extended their lead in the 55th minute when McGillvary rose above Tom Briscoe to claim Brough's up-and-under.
Things were knotted up when Ellis left Robinson flat out on the field, the ball being knocked out in the force of the tackle to allow O'Meley to barge his way over.
Scrum-half Robinson was taken off and in the aftermath of the try there threatened to be a dust up as the Giants players were particularly angered by Jacob Miller's celebrations.
The Hull half-back remained in the thick of the action as he scuffed a drop-goal attempt against the woodwork, while Shannon McDonnell almost scored in a bizarre piece of play before he was ruled offside.
Instead it was Brough who was crucially next to touch down, the Huddersfield half-back making amends for two poor attempts at one-pointers by weaving between two tacklers to get over.
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 21
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