Giants dominate Leeds at Headingley to claim crucial first victory in 10 games

By Jonny Whitfield

Huddersfield Giants half-back Danny Brough slotted five conversions and a drop goal as he inspired his side to a 31-12 victory away to Leeds – their first in 10 games.

Brough, who is the ninth-highest points scorer in Rugby League’s history, was magnificent with the boot and with the ball in hand as the Giants claimed a win that could revitalise their search for the top eight.

Full-back Jake Mamo crossed for a third try in as many games for the away side while youngsters Darnell McIntosh and Kruise Leeming also impressed as Rick Stone’s men kept Leeds scoreless in the second period.

A cagey opening period sprang into life after 16 minutes by Matt Parcell’s ninth try in nine games as the Leeds hooker dummied past the Giants defenders in a move that might have signalled a performance resembling the visitors’ previous nine.

But full-back Mamo equalised 10 minutes later to continue his impressive start to life in West Yorkshire. Both sides would score again to make it 12-12 at the break – Leeming went over after knocking a 40/20 in the previous set before Joel Moon hit back for the Rhinos from a breakaway, courtesy of 17-year-old Jack Walker.

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Leeds Rhinos stand-off Danny McGuire converted both of his side’s tries but the home side’s performance was their poorest since the 66-10 defeat to Castleford in round three.

After 52 minutes, Leeds stand-off Danny McGuire had a try disallowed for obstruction before Dale Ferguson touched down an Alex Mellor grubber kick inches from the dead ball line as the Giants hit the front.

McIntosh then extended his side’s advantage on the hour mark as Scottish international Brough sent the youngster racing into the corner from a spilled Rhinos attack – Brough converted once more and made it a three-try, 25-12 lead with a drop goal shortly after.

The famous victory was sealed on 70 minutes as Oliver Roberts crept over and Danny Brough added the extras to round off a dominant performance.

Huddersfield head coach Rick Stone will be delighted with his side’s resilient performance while opposite number Brian McDermott has lost his 2017 unbeaten home record as Castleford look to go two points clear at the top of Super League against Wigan on Saturday.

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