ECSTASY & AGONY; RUGBY LEAGUE; Rovers suffer video nasty; Giants survive see-saw cliffhanger.
Byline: Gareth Walker
Hull KR 22
HUDDERSFIELD boss Rick Stone thanked the "footy gods" after the width of a post and a late disallowed try helped the Giants stay in Super League.
Hull KR needed only a point to condemn Stone's side to next week's Million Pound Game when Terry Campese attempted a late drop goal.
But his 40-metre effort hit the upright and bounced out - and the drama continued. With the clock ticking down, Campese's chip and chase ended with Thomas Mimms touching down out wide to the delight of the home support.
But video referee Joe Cobb correctly ruled that Campese had pushed Joe Wardle off the ball in the build-up - and Huddersfield hung on to preserve their top-flight status.
Aussie Stone said: "Sometimes the footy gods help you out. You don't often get those decisions that happen so late and mean so much.
"The boys have been knocked about a bit in the last 10 weeks and we have had to play tough when we needed to.
"It wasn't pretty, but we have shown plenty of tenacity when we needed it."
Rovers, who again had director of rugby Jamie Peacock playing off the bench after his recent decision to come out of retirement, now face another sudden death shoot-out on Saturday.
They will take on either Salford or London in the Million Pound Game depending on today's results - and interim coach James Webster cast doubt on what was Danny Brough's decisive drop goal.
Webster said: "I have watched the replay and it looks to me like it went straight over the top of one of the sticks. We knew it was going sticks. to be tight, and full credit to Huddersfield for being able to get the result."
Webster's side had looked out of the contest when they trailed by 18 points after a Ryan Brierleyinspired first half.
The Giants half-back picked off a Campese pass and raced 50 metres for the opener, and although responded Maurice Blair responded, Brierley split the home defence to send Leroy Cudjoe over.
Brierley then supported an Ukuma Ta'ai offload to race under the posts.
And when Brough's long pass sent Aaron Murphy in, Huddersfield were in control. But Rovers responded superbly and by the 61st minute level were level. Blair put Ken Sio in at the corner, before Mitch Allgood and Iain Thornley capitalised on Giants errors to make it 22-22.
Brough then slotted his successful drop goal before the late drama unfolded.
HULL KR: Tries: Blair, Sio, Allgood, Thornley. Goals: Mantellato 3. HUDDERSFIELD: Tries: Brierley 2, Cudjoe, Murphy. Goals: Brough 3. Drop Goals: Brough. ATT: 8,024
Giants survive see-saw cliffhanger
DROP OF HARD STUFF Danny Brough celebrates staying up in Super League after his vital drop goal (left)