Huddersfield resists Salford's response

Huddersfield resists Salford’s response

Only four Super League players have bettered Chris McQueen’s try tally by 12 for Huddersfield this season
Huddersfield 30 (24)
Try: King, Trout, McQueen, McGillvary 2 Goals: Russell 5
Salford 18 (6)
Try: Cross, Croft, Luckley Goals: Sneyd 3

Huddersfield kicked off day two of Magic Weekend seeing off a second-half fight from Salford at St James’ Park.

Toby King scored on Oliver Russell’s high kick and Owen Trout drove in from close range to put the Giants 12-0 ahead.

Chris McQueen’s 12th try of the Super League season and Jermaine McGillvary’s score made it 24-6 at half-time as Deon Cross replied for Salford between the two.

Salford rallied as Brodie Croft scored a super solo try and set up Sam Luckley but sealed McGillvary’s second victory.

Defeat at Castleford last time snapped Huddersfield’s six-game winning streak but Ian Watson’s side were impressively back on the winning streak on the day the head coach signed a new contract long term with the club.

The giants moved up to third in the table with the win, although the Catalans will reclaim that spot if they beat Warrington later on Sunday.

King, making only his second appearance for the Giants after join on loan from Warrington, took just five minutes to open his Huddersfield account, reacting much faster than a sleepy Salford defense to carry Russell’s sudden back-and-forth and head for the line.

Huddersfield’s second scoreline was slightly less spectacular as Trout reached out from close range before McQueen punished the Red Devils’ more lax defense by anchoring his own grubber kick.

Andy Ackers’ dying tackle forced Innes Senior’s foot down to deny Huddersfield a fourth try and it looked like a turning point as Cross rushed to put Salford on the board.

Further errors at the back, however, gave Huddersfield a scrum from 20 yards out and they moved the ball quickly to the right for McGillvary to pass over unchallenged.

After a slow start, the second half came alive as Croft beat three men to sprint for a brilliant individual score before a similar push sent Newcastle native Luckley to his hometown.

But Huddersfield restored some valuable respite as McGillvary again crossed wide, moments after a forward pass denied them a similar score.

Giant pair Ash Golding and Theo Fages saw late tries ruled out for offside rebounds after a loose goal attempt was blocked and another hit the post to keep the scoreline deservedly respectable for Salford, who remain two points behind the top six in the eighth.

Hudderfield: Lolohea; Senior, King, Cudjoe, McGillvary; Fages, Russell; Yates, McQueen, Hewitt, Trout, Levi, Greenwood.

Trades : Ashworth, English, Mason, Golding.

Salford: Brierley; Sio, Cross, Lafai, Williams; Croft, Sneyd; Ormondroyd, Ackers, Akauola, Livett, Watkins, Gerrard.

Trades : Atkin, Taylor, Luckyley, Dupree.

Arbitrator: Marcus Griffiths.

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