Super League: Huddersfield Giants suffer heavy defeat to Hull FC
Last Updated: 10/04/14 10:47pm
Huddersfield Giants' indifferent start to the Super League campaign continued after suffering a 30-6 defeat at the hands of Hull FC on Thursday night at the KC Stadium.
The Black and Whites made a blistering start scoring four tries inside the opening 20 minutes. Fetuli Talanoa, Richard Whiting, Jordan Rankin and Danny Houghton all crossed before the Giants finally responded through Jodie Broughton.
Hull were leading by 14 points at half time and that was extended when Jacob Miller caught Jordan Rankin's kick to score between the posts. Dean Hadley's first for the club then put the home side out of sight.
The fireworks did not stop there as both try-scorer Whiting and Danny Brough were shown yellow cards with 18 minutes of the East Yorkshire contest left, however, it was the end of the scoring as Hull moved two-points clear of the Giants.
Both teams headed into the contest on the back of heartbreaking Tetley's Challenge Cup defeats but only one side appeared to be suffering a hangover in the opening exchanges.
The Giants were their own worst enemies as they gifted Hull an eight-point start.
After a lengthy stoppage following an injury to Chris Bailey, Scott Grix had the ball stripped by Whiting and the Black and Whites quickly shifted the ball from right to left before Talanoa overpowered Jermaine McGillvary for a try in the corner.
The second try came after Joe Wardle flicked a loose pass by Brough back infield but only into the path of Whiting, who hacked the ball on and gathered to touch down.
There was more to come as Hull were awarded a penalty close to the Huddersfield line after an altercation between Grix and Gareth Ellis, setting the platform for Rankin to squeeze over on the short side.
The Airlie Birds were rampant and stretched their lead out further as Whiting broke down the right and Houghton scored under the sticks after the ball had passed through the hands of Jamie Shaul and Rankin.
Two pieces of magic from Brough got Huddersfield back into the match. He forced a repeat set with a neat kick into the in-goal area before flinging a long pass out for Broughton to score in the left corner.
Huddersfield were quickly out of the blocks at the start of the second half but Hull got the next try after determined work by Ellis.
The former England forward stripped the ball from Brough's grasp following a ferocious hit and Hull's halves backed that play up - Miller leaping highest to claim Rankin's kick and put the ball down between the posts.
The final score came from another kick, with Hadley bravely picking up Kirk Yeaman's dab through at the feet of Grix to slide over.
Both teams were reduced to 12 men on 64 minutes when Brough and Whiting were sin-binned after a set-to and that was the last incident of note as Huddersfield slumped to their fourth successive defeat in all competitions.
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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
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St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
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Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
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Fri 8th May
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Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
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Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
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Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
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Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
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St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
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Fri 5th Jun
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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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