Super League  Sunday 9th September 2012  The John Smiths Stadium  Att: 9,128

Squad

Grix, Lawrence, Cudjoe, McGillvary, Brough, Crabtree, Robinson, Mason, O'Donnell, Fa'alogo, Faiumu, Patrick, Ferguson, Wardle, Chan, George, Murphy, Moore, Ferres.

Squad

Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Hardaker, Hall, Burrow, Leuluai, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Delaney, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Hauraki, Griffin, Hood, Ward, Keinhorst.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Leroy Cudjoe

Luke Robinson

Scott Grix

Luke Robinson

Danny Brough

Michael Lawrence

Luke George

Leroy Cudjoe

GOAL SCORERS:

Danny Brough

Danny Brough

Danny Brough

Danny Brough

Danny Brough

Danny Brough

Danny Brough

Danny Brough

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Jamie Peacock

Carl Ablett

Kallum Watkins

Ryan Hall

Jimmy Keinhorst

GOAL SCORERS:

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Full Report

Match Official: T Alibert

Reigning Stobart Super League champions Leeds Rhinos will need to pick themselves up for the play-offs after ending the regular season with a shock defeat by 12-man Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The Giants re-discovered the form that enabled them to top the table after 12 rounds as they completed their first league double over Leeds for more than half a century.

Huddersfield’s biggest-ever Super League win over the Rhinos was a personal triumph for newly-appointed captain Danny Brough, who created his side’s first two tries, scored a solo effort and kicked eight goals from 10 attempts for a 20-point haul.

And it came despite playing for 65 minutes a man short after the dismissal of forward Luke O’Donnell for a challenge on Leeds prop Ian Kirke which caused a 10-minute stoppage in play.

Kirke, a member of Leeds’ Carnegie Challenge Cup final team, had been introduced from the bench only moments earlier but he was forced to undergo lengthy treatment on the field before being despatched to hospital where checks cleared him of any serious injury.

O’Donnell, who was also sent off against Leeds last season, received his red card from referee Thierry Alibert at the end of the break in play.

After initially allowing play to continue, Alibert stopped play after the next tackle to enable Kirke to receive treatment and, during a 10-minute stoppage, he delivered a warning to O’Donnell.

The Australian forward was then replaced by substitute Larne Patrick but several minutes later was recalled to the field by Alibert and, once Kirke had been carried from the field on a stretcher, was shown the red card.

Huddersfield were leading 10-0 at that stage after making a blistering start to their final game of the regular season with two tries in the first seven minutes.

Brough put full-back Leroy Cudjoe through a gap for the opening score and then hoisted a towering kick for left winger Luke George to claim his 15th try of the campaign.

Even down to 12 men, the Giants were much the livelier team and they stretched their lead after 28 minutes when right winger Jermaine McGillvary palmed back Brough’s kick to the corner for centre Michael Lawrence to touch down.

Brough’s second conversion brought up his 1,000th point but there was little sign of the points feast to come.

Leeds hinted at a fightback when skipper Kevin Sinfield combined with Weller Hauraki to get centre Jimmy Keinhorst over for a try, but Brough crucially struck on the stroke of half-time, intercepting Carl Ablett’s pass to scoot 30 metres for an opportunist score.

Brough’s conversion made it 22-4 and he increased his side’s lead with two penalties early in the second half before second rower Brett Ferres broke clear to get hooker Luke Robinson over.

The Rhinos pulled a try back on the hour through winger Ryan Hall but Huddersfield simply went up a gear to produce some breathtaking rugby.

Stand-off Scott Grix touched down Brough’s grubber kick and then flipped up a ‘miracle’ pass for Robinson to claim his second try.

Cudjoe then finished off a glorious passing move to register his side’s eighth try which made it 48-10.

The Rhinos staged a late rally which brought further tries to centre Kallum Watkins, Ablett and prop Jamie Peacock but they were little more than consolation efforts for the well-beaten champions.

Match Action

  • 80m
    try

    Jamie Peacock

    Leeds

  • 78m
    try

    Carl Ablett

    Leeds

  • 74m
    try

    Kallum Watkins

    Leeds

  • 74m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 72m
    try

    Leroy Cudjoe

    Huddersfield

  • 69m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 69m
    try

    Luke Robinson

    Huddersfield

  • 67m
    try

    Scott Grix

    Huddersfield

  • 67m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 61m
    try

    Ryan Hall

    Leeds

  • 61m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 56m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 56m
    try

    Luke Robinson

    Huddersfield

  • 49m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 47m
    interchange_off

    Dale Ferguson

    Huddersfield

  • 47m
    interchange_on

    Larne Patrick

    Huddersfield

  • 46m
    interchange_on

    Darrell Griffin

    Leeds

  • 46m
    interchange_off

    Jamie Peacock

    Leeds

  • 44m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 39m
    try

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 39m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 34m
    try

    Jimmy Keinhorst

    Leeds

  • 28m
    try

    Michael Lawrence

    Huddersfield

  • 28m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Jason Chan

    Huddersfield

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    David Fa'alogo

    Huddersfield

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Weller Hauraki

    Leeds

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Liam Hood

    Leeds

  • 21m
    interchange_off

    David Faiumu

    Huddersfield

  • 21m
    interchange_on

    Luke Robinson

    Huddersfield

  • 16m
    interchange_on

    Brett Delaney

    Leeds

  • 16m
    interchange_off

    Ian Kirke

    Leeds

  • 14m
    interchange_off

    Kylie Leuluai

    Leeds

  • 14m
    interchange_on

    Ian Kirke

    Leeds

  • 12m
    interchange_on

    Dale Ferguson

    Huddersfield

  • 12m
    interchange_off

    Keith Mason

    Huddersfield

  • 8m
    try

    Luke George

    Huddersfield

  • 3m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 3m
    try

    Leroy Cudjoe

    Huddersfield