Super League: Huddersfield Giants return to form with win at Salford Red Devils
Last Updated: 18/04/14 8:48pm
Aaron Murphy: scored three of Huddersfield Giants' seven tries
Winger Aaron Murphy scored a hat-trick of tries as Huddersfield Giants halted their four-match losing run in emphatic fashion to put a dampener on Iestyn Harris' first home match in charge of Salford Red Devils.
Huddersfield, the 2013 league leaders, dominated their Good Friday fixture at the AJ Bell Stadium from start to finish, running in seven tries to five to secure a 42-22 victory in the First Utility Super League.
The only disappointment for the Giants was the loss of hooker Shaun Lunt with a knee injury 11 minutes from the end.
Salford winger Francis Meli also scored a hat-trick but the highlight for the home side was a storming first try for skipper Adrian Morley.
Huddersfield looked a rejuvenated side from the kick-off and made a quick start with three tries in the first 12 minutes, all converted by skipper Danny Brough.
Lunt forced his way over from dummy half for the opener, after prop Eorl Crabtree had been hauled down short by Salford captain Adrian Morley, while the second came from deep, with centre Joe Wardle breaking from his own half to get Murphy over for his first try.
Lunt then re-gathered his own kick over the Red Devils defence and the supporting Scott Grix kicked ahead for Brough to touch down.
Harris' men were all at sea in the opening quarter and the coach was forced to shuffle his side when winger Greg Johnson was forced off with a badly-cut mouth.
They finally got on the scoreboard on 25 minutes when left winger Francis Meli collected a long pass from Rangi Chase that was touched by a defender to grab his sixth try of the season.
Play was then unusually halted for groundstaff to turn off the sprinklers that soaked a section of fans and began to make the surface slippery but the Red Devils quickly picked up from where they had left off as they added a second try to get back into the game.
A month shy of his 37th birthday, Morley rolled back the years when got up a head of steam and proved unstoppable from 20 metres out to score his first try for his home-town club.
Jake Mullaney's first conversion of the match cut the Giants' lead to just eight points but Murphy scored his second try six minutes before the break after accepting Grix's neatly-timed pass.
A touch of magic early in the second half from Chase kept Salford in the hunt as he picked up a loose ball and conjured a try from nothing for Meli.
There was another lengthy stoppage as Salford forward Shannon McPherson received treatment for a head injury, sustained charging down Brough's kick, before being carried off on a stretcher.
The rest appeared to be beneficial for the visitors who immediately extended their lead upon the resumption.
A powerful burst from substitute forward Ukuma Ta'ai set up the position for England centre Leroy Cudjoe to get his winger Jermaine McGillvary over for his seventh try of the season with a superb overhead pass.
Brough kicked his fourth goal from the touchline and was also on target six minutes later when substitute Chris Bailey was put through a gap by the Huddersfield skipper for the Giants' sixth try.
Salford substitute Matty Ashurst pulled a try back on the hour after great work from second row partner Gareth Hock but Brough put over a penalty and then converted Murphy's hat-trick try.
The Red Devils finished a well-beaten side but they had the final say when Meli completed his hat-trick four minutes from the end.
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
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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
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
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Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
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St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
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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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