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FORWARD MARCH! Giants pack serve up success.

Byline: CHRIS ROBERTS

HUDDERSFIELD Giants erased the memory of last week's shock home defeat to Castleford and the equally demoralising loss to Salford at the Galpharm a month before with a power-packed display at the City Reds.

With the forwards dominating from start to finish, and the backs having far more of a cutting edge, the result was never really in doubt.

In fact, such was the superiority of coach Nathan Brown's men that the only real disappointment was the final margin of victory wasn't even greater.

From the start it was clear the Giants meant business as they opened up a 12-0 lead inside a blistering six minutes..

On the visitors' first attack, they forced a goalline drop-out, and within two plays Scott Moore was collecting from dummy half 20m out and stepping superbly through heavy traffic to crash over.

Brett Hodgson made no mistake with the conversion and followed up with his second three minutes later after grabbing a try himself.

Darrell Griffin made it all possible, punching a hole in the Salford defence and, after the ball had come loose, Kevin Brown was on hand to pick up, race away and feed the supporting Hodgson to finish off under the posts.

A strong 10th-minute burst from the impressive Keith Mason almost brought try No3 and then, seven minutes later, Luke Robinson was only denied by a last-ditch Jeremy Smith tackle.

But Huddersfield weren't to be denied midway through the half, courtesy of some more excellent approach play.

Former Salford men Robinson and Simon Finnigan were at the heart of the move, creating the opening for Michael Lawrence to finish off strongly in the corner.

Hodgson again goaled and at 18-0 it couldn't have been looking any better.

However, on Salford's first real period of sustained pressure, Jordan Turner crashed over in the corner after 29 minutes and John Wilshere landed the touchline conversion to prove the game was far from over.

Robinson so nearly made it 24-6 at the break after showing great strength to wriggle out of a double tackle only to loose the ball in an attempt to touch the ball over the tryline.

But the Giants did finally grab their fourth try of the game to give them an 18-point advantage for a second time in the 62nd minute.

After good initial work from Robinson down the left, the ball was worked to the right for Brett Hodgson to create the gap and feed Stephen Wild, who in turn found Leroy Cudjoe to finish off in the corner.

Hodgson's conversion bounced over off the crossbar and the win was almost assured.

There was a minor scare with 11 minutes remaining when a scrappy Salford attack somehow ended up with Wilshere going over for a try he failed to convert.

But that only sparked the Giants into more devastating action.

With five minute remaining Cudjoe crossed for an almost carbon copy of his opening score..

Then, three minutes later, acting centre Wild collected from a scrum 20m out and sliced through with ease to complete an excellent night's work.

Tries in the final quarter from Alex Brown, Elliott Hodgson and Craig Williams gave the Giants a 48-28 Reserve Team Championship triumph over Salford in a highly entertaining curtain-raiser to the Super League clash.

But Huddersfield's Academy side suffered a 26-22 home defeat to the City Reds.

The Giants were rocked by the early loss of Scott Farnsworth with a dislocated shoulder.

But they still came close to pulling off the win, with tries coming from Matty Garside (two), Darren Lamb and Jermaine Akidaire and three goals from Danny Ansell..

engage Super League PW D L F APt St Helens .............. 18 15 0 3 565 290 30 Leeds .................... 18 13 0 5 480 283 26 Hull K R ................ 17 11 1 5 404 315 23 Huddersfield.......... 18 11 0 7 422 292 22 Harlequins RL ....... 16 10 0 6 403 317 20 Wakefield .............. 17 9 0 8 413 395 18 Warrington ............ 17 8 0 9 379 425 16 Hull ....................... 17 8 0 9 330 383 16 Castleford.............. 17 8 0 9 358 427 16 Wigan.................... 17 7 0 10 390 343 14 Bradford................ 17 6 1 10 364 452 13 Catalans Dragons.. 16 6 0 10 364 442 12 Salford .................. 17 5 0 12 274 481 10 Celtic Crusaders.... 18 2 0 16 258 559 4

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DRIVING FORCE: Eorl Crabtree pushes forward against the Salford defence.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 27, 2009
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