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Match Report – Huddersfield 40 – 28 Hull KR


The Giants run seven tries in a Super League clash, with Oliver Russell and Will Pryce impressive; victory moves to two points behind Hull KR, eighth in the standings

Last update: 08/30/21 21:53

Oliver Russell in action for the Giants

Young half-backs Oliver Russell and Will Pryce guided Huddersfield to an all-round 40-28 victory that dented Hull KR’s Super League play-off hopes.

Russell scored a try and had a hand or a foot in six more, while Pryce contributed 16 points with a try and six goals as the Giants ended their three-game losing streak in style.

A third loss in a row leaves the Robins still sweating after finishing in the top six as they failed to take advantage of losses to play-off rivals Leeds, Castleford and Hull earlier today.

Half-back Mikey Lewis gave the visitors a perfect start, showing his strength to fight his way for a seventh-minute try after the Giants’ defense was caught by a bouncing ball, but his counterpart Russell quickly entered. in action.

Russell struck for an equalizer, punishing Rovers winger Greg Minikin’s inability to muster his grubber kick to score his team’s first try, then executed the ball on the final tackle for the second rower. Josh Jones charges through a gap for the second.

Russell failed to convert his own try, but Pryce had more joy to add to Jones’ efforts to take Huddersfield’s lead to 10-4.

Hull substitute KR Muizz Mustapha was denied a try for a double move, but the Giants failed to hit the penalty and the visitors took full advantage as second rower Kane Linnett took advantage of the short pass from Jez Litten to crash for his team’s second try.

Russell then took center stage again, producing a superb cut-out pass for center Ricky Leutele to score Huddersfield’s third try and combining with him to get winger Sam Wood for another.

Pryce pitched his third conversion to bring the score to 22-8 before Hull KR forward Matt Storton’s stealing the ball over Nathaniel Peteru created the position for full-back Ben Crooks to get Minikin a try in the last act of the first half.

Unfortunately for the Robins, Crooks failed to convert any of his team’s three tries as they were down 10 points at the break.

It was four tries apiece at the start of the second half after former England winger Ryan Hall snatched the ball into the air after Lewis’ high kick to score his 14th try of the season, but Rowan Milnes’ unsuccessful conversion attempt left Rovers still behind by six points.

Huddersfield doubled their lead in the 52nd minute when Pryce rushed Russell’s kick over defense to win his fifth try and the first added the conversion.

Hull KR made a final effort to stay in the game, but Minikin put one foot in contact before diving into the corner, and hooker Matt Parcell was held up over the line as the home side pulled out. was trying to keep control of the game.

Huddersfield was more clinical and they jumped for another score when Crooks missed Russell’s kick to offer forward Joe Greenwood a try, while former Hull forward KR Peteru proved unstoppable at 10 meters as he charged for their seventh attempt.

In a late visitors rally, Linnett made his way at close range for his second try and Parcell finished a break from Litten on his sixth try, Milnes adding the two conversions.

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