Super League: Huddersfield Giants edge out Hull KR
Last Updated: 27/06/14 8:11am
Huddersfield have continued their good form beating Hull KR 26 points to 22 to move up to fourth in the table.
Substitute Larne Patrick scored two second-half tries as in-form Huddersfield made it nine wins from their last 10 matches but the Giants were made to fight all the way for their 26-22 victory over injury-hit Hull KR.
It was 16-16 at half-time after a see-saw first-half at the KC Lightstream Stadium and there was little to choose between the sides until Patrick finished decisively to turn the game the Giants' way.
Rovers, who were without loose forward Neville Costigan for only the second time this year after he joined their lengthy casualty list, missed the chance to climb back into the top eight of the First Utility Super League but it was not for the lack of effort.
Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson got his way after insisting he wanted his point back after Rovers snatched a 24-24 draw at the John Smith's Stadium in February but he will know his side will have to improve if they are maintain their push for the top.
Anderson's men could hardly have made a worst start, with England forward Brett Ferres losing possession inside the first set near his own line and quickfire passing created a try for winger David Hodgson, one of five former Giants players in the home ranks.
The visitors were level inside seven minutes when skipper Danny Brough collected his chip over the Rovers defence and kicked again for winger Jermaine McGillvary, who got his centre Leroy Cudjoe over for a cleverly-worked try.
McGillvary was then denied by the video referee, who gave the green light to a try by centre Kris Welham after full-back Greg Eden had slipped the attempted tackle of Brough to create the opening.
In a tit-for-tat opening, powerful second rower Ukuma Taia ran onto Kyle Wood's short pass for another equalising try before Rovers regained the lead through former Great Britain winger Ade Gardner - on the 350th appearance of his career - after Huddersfield failed to clear the danger caused by Kris Keating's high kick on the last tackle.
In an open, flowing encounter, both sides had tries disallowed for forward passes but Huddersfield went in front for the first time eight minutes before the break when replacement prop Eorl Crabtree was put through a gap by Luke Robinson and sidestepped his way past Eden for the visitors' third try.
Brough's second goal made it 16-14 but Rovers tied the scores for the fourth time on the stroke of half-time with a penalty and they thought they had retaken the lead early in the second-half when Gardner touched down Keating's kick only to have the try disallowed for an obstruction in the build-up.
Huddersfield, who lost Ferres with a back injury for the second-half, made the most of the let-off by going up to the other end and scoring their fourth try.
The impressive Brough was once more the architect with a kick into space and Patrick took advantage of a kind bounce to touch down for his first try.
Brough was off target for the second time with his conversion attempt but his 40-20 kick kept Hull KR on the back foot and Huddersfield clinched the victory when Patrick took a short pass from his skipper to go over for his second try 13 minutes from the end.
Hull KR grabbed a consolation score in the final minute when Hodgson gathered Keating's kick for his second try and Travis Burns converted from the touchline.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield WildcatsvsHull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington WolvesvsWigan 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 2014, round 18
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Brian McDermott admitted the better team lost after his Leeds Rhinos beat Catalan Dragons 32-21 with a late penalty.
Warrington ran in nine tries during a 50-24 win over Bradford in Jimmy Lowes' first match in charge of the Bulls.