Super League  Sunday 17th August 2014  The John Smith's Stadium  Att: 5,346

Squad

Grix, McGillvary, Wardle, Murphy, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Bailey, Lawrence, Patrick, Ta'ai, Broughton, Kaufusi, Mullally, Connor, Fairbank.

Squad

Ah Van, Allen, Brown, Cahill, Carberry, Clarke, Dean, Flynn, Galea, Hanbury, Johnson, Joseph, Leuluai, Marsh, Mellor, O'Carroll, Owens, Tickle, White.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Shaun Lunt

Antonio Kaufusi

Jermaine McGillvary

Joe Wardle

Larne Patrick

GOAL SCORERS:

Danny Brough

Danny Brough

Danny Brough

Danny Brough

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Rhys Hanbury

Danny Tickle

GOAL SCORERS:

Danny Tickle

Danny Tickle

Danny Tickle

Full Report

Match Official: M Thomason

Huddersfield Giants maintained their late-season momentum with a fourth straight win to leave Widnes Vikings sweating over their First Utility Super League play-off spot.

While a 28-14 victory, masterminded by reigning Man of Steel Danny Brough, kept alive the Giants' hopes of a top-four finish, the Vikings are just two points ahead of Hull KR in their battle to hang onto eighth place and secure a first-ever play-off spot.

However, Vikings coach Denis Betts will be pleased with the way his side responded to their 28-6 Tetley's Challenge Cup semi-final defeat by Castleford Tigers.

They were leading 8-6 until a flash of inspiration from Brough created a length-of-the-field try for centre Joe Wardle on the stroke of half-time and the Giants skipper went on to boss the show in the second half.

Beaten 22-20 at Widnes in March, Huddersfield dominated the opening exchanges and went ahead on six minutes when loose forward Larne Patrick took a short pass from impressive prop Eorl Crabtree to charge over for the game's first try.

Brough's conversion made it 6-0 and the Giants would have been further ahead had full-back Scott Grix not been denied a try for a forward pass.

A run of four consecutive penalties enabled Widnes to mount a sustained period of attack and, after both wingers Paddy Flynn and Patrick Ah Van went close, loose forward Danny Tickle weaved his way through the middle to score their first try.

Tickle levelled the scores with the conversion and edged his side in front with a 38-metre penalty four minutes before half-time.

An interception near his own line by Dave Allen, followed quickly by a 40-20 kick from Lloyd White, enabled the Vikings to keep the pressure on but Huddersfield struck on the stroke of half-time with a spectacular try.

Brough opted to kick long from a scrum near his own line for pacy winger Jodie Broughton, who hacked the ball ahead for Wardle to touch down for the fifth consecutive match.

Brough's second goal made it 12-8 at the break and that is how it stayed for much of the second half as both sides struggled to handle the blustery conditions at the John Smith's Stadium.

Brough's long pass created an opening for Broughton but he failed to apply the finishing touch and the Giants had to wait until the 64th minute to put some daylight between them and their visitors.

Inevitably Brough was the architect, working the ball out to the right where Aaron Murphy sent winger Jermaine McGillvary in for his 19th try of the season.

Huddersfield then made sure of the win when prop Antonio Kaufusi took Brough's pass to power his way over for their fourth try on 69 minutes.

Widnes full-back Rhys Hanbury pulled a try back seven minutes from the end but Huddersfield had the final say when lively hooker Shaun Lunt forced his way over from dummy half and Brough kicked his fourth goal.

Match Action

  • 79m
    try

    Shaun Lunt

    Huddersfield

  • 79m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 73m
    try

    Rhys Hanbury

    Widnes

  • 73m
    goal

    Danny Tickle

    Widnes

  • 70m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 70m
    try

    Antonio Kaufusi

    Huddersfield

  • 64m
    try

    Jermaine McGillvary

    Huddersfield

  • 40m
    try

    Joe Wardle

    Huddersfield

  • 40m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 37m
    goal

    Danny Tickle

    Widnes

  • 32m
    interchange_on

    MacGraff Leuluai

    Widnes

  • 32m
    interchange_off

    Hep Cahill

    Widnes

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Anthony Mullally

    Huddersfield

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Eorl Crabtree

    Huddersfield

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Eamon O'Carroll

    Widnes

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Phil Joseph

    Widnes

  • 21m
    goal

    Danny Tickle

    Widnes

  • 21m
    try

    Danny Tickle

    Widnes

  • 17m
    interchange_on

    Craig Kopczak

    Huddersfield

  • 17m
    interchange_off

    Antonio Kaufusi

    Huddersfield

  • 7m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 7m
    try

    Larne Patrick

    Huddersfield