Super League: Huddersfield Giants beat gutsy London Broncos
Last Updated: 10/05/14 5:35pm
Ukuma Ta'ai grabbed two tries as Huddersfield Giants battled to a hard-fought 30-16 win over the Broncos in London.
Ta'ai struck in each half as the Giants made it four Super League wins on the bounce. The still-winless Broncos however will feel as though they should have taken something from the contest, having led 16-10 at half-time.
Eorl Crabtree went close in a strong start before the Giants took the lead when Shaun Lunt wriggled over on six minutes.
The Londoners struggled to get a grip on Huddersfield's impressive power, but that all changed on 16 minutes, as Scott Moore's break eventually allowed Atelea Vea to crash over unopposed.
Stung into action, the visitors hit back with Ta'ai breaking through a series of tackles to surge over after 25 minutes.
Within the space of eight minutes the Broncos responded with two scores of their own, moving 14-10 ahead in the process.
Firstly Alex Foster stretched to score after good work from Ben Farrar, then moments later Denny Solomona surged in at the corner after Mason Caton-Brown had opened up space.
London were a transformed side, with Josh Drinkwater booting a penalty before half-time to give them a six-point lead at the interval.
Worse news followed for the Giants, as both Jake Connor and Jermaine McGilvary limped off with injuries as the hooter sounded.
But the Giants were fired up when they re-emerged for the second half and two tries within four minutes gave them control of the contest.
Anthony Mullally was the first to cross after a short pass from Lunt, with Ta'ai then grabbing his second when he strode through a gap at the posts.
The Giants' defence had to stand strong for a difficult 15-minute period as London piled on the pressure, but they managed to come through unscathed.
Matt Cook, Solomona and Caton-Brown all went close, but were unable to find a way through.
That defence proved pivotal, as Danny Brough kicked a penalty on 65 minutes to give Huddersfield an eight-point advantage. And in the dying seconds Brough's teasing kick through allowed Leroy Cudjoe to pounce for a final Giants score.
First Utility Super League
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield Wildcats22 - 40Wigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC4 - 24Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos10 - 29Warrington Wolves
St Helens34 - 16Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans Dragons32 - 24Hull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan WarriorsvsHull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red DevilsvsHuddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red DevilsvsWidnes Vikings
Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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