Super League: Widnes Vikings rally to beat Huddersfield Giants
Last Updated: 28/02/14 10:48pm
Huddersfield let slip a late lead for a second successive week as they lost 22-20 to Widnes Vikings at the Select Security Stadium.
Having failed to hang on to a 24-6 advantage at home to Hull KR last Sunday, eventually having to settle for a 24-24 draw, the Giants this time proved unable to retain an eight-point cushion.
Joe Mellor and Rhys Hanbury scored in the closing minutes as the Vikings, who had also been 10-0 behind earlier in the match, made it two wins from two this season.
Tries from Jermaine McGillvary and Leroy Cudjoe got the Giants off to a fine start and Eorl Crabtree put them back in control after Hanbury and debutant Paul Clough responded.
Hanbury's first real major contribution to the game came in the 10th minute, albeit with an error when he spilled Danny Brough's kick to allow McGillvary to break the deadlock.
Widnes responded well but shot themselves in the foot again when Danny Craven's pass was picked off by Cudjoe, who sprinted 80 metres to go in underneath the uprights and leave Brough an easy conversion.
Hanbury made amends for his earlier error as he collected the ball and side-stepped his way through the defence to score from close range just after the 30-minute mark.
They scored again before the break to take a surprise lead, Clough crashing over after the hosts had declined the chance to have a go at the posts with a penalty.
Danny Tickle landed his second conversion to make it 12-10, but the Giants hit the front again 10 minutes into the second half when Crabtree barged his way over.
Brough converted and although he missed a 40-metre penalty shortly afterwards, two further efforts were successful to make it 20-12 in the visitors' favour.
Yet Widnes kept pushing, Phil Joseph knocking on when well placed, and their perseverance paid off as pressure forced a handling error from Chris Bailey and Mellor nipped in to score.
The momentum was with them and they remarkably snatched the lead after Jack Owens appeared to have been halted in a three-man tackle in the left corner.
The ball somehow came out and Hanbury touched down in the scramble, leaving Huddersfield little time to hit back. They did their best to find a way through, but Widnes held firm under pressure to take a notable scalp.
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Wed 1st Jul
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Thu 2nd Jul
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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
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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
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Fri 17th Jul
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Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
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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
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Catalan Dragons hooker Ian Henderson has been ruled out for up to three months with a broken forearm.
Lee Radford was left to reflect on his side's poor first-half showing as Hull went down 18-16 at Warrington.
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