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It's all Dan 'n' dusted; MILLENNIUM STADIUM, CARDIFF, ALL MATCHES LIVE ON SKY SPORTS 2 RUGBY LEAGUE - MILLENNIUM MAGIC WEEKEND: NO HAPPY RETURNS FOR HODGSON.

Byline: DAVID BURKE

HUDDERSFIELD 28 WARRINGTON 18 HUDDERSFIELD whizzkid Danny Brough wrecked any birthday celebrations for old boy Brett Hodgson.

The former Giants skipper, who was Man of Steel in 2009, joined Warrington at the end of last season but didn't enjoy his debut on his 33rd birthday.

Hodgson (inset) booted three conversions but his new club were ripped apart by two-try Brough and his rampant Giants in the opening match of the Millennium Magic extravaganza.

Brough landed a dramatic last-minute conversion to help secure Hull a famous 25-24 Challenge Cup victory over Leeds at Cardiff in 2005.

And Brough returned to the Welsh capital in style, sprinting 90 metres for a first-half try after pouncing on a loose ball and then dancing through a tired defence to stretch the lead to 28-12.

Giants boss Nathan Brown said: "Danny has tremendous pace and great anticipation.

"His second try put the match beyond reach and only players of his ability can score those. But there are some areas he can improve and we made a lot of errors. We were scrappy on attack but were really good defensively for 70 minutes.

"We were the better team but the game didn't hit the heights a lot of us expected."

Warrington ended a nightmare afternoon with only 11 men after Michael Monaghan and Giants prop Darrell Griffin were sin-binned five minutes from time. Then Chris Bridge limped off with hamstring trouble after Warrington lost Matt King, Mike Cooper, Lee Briers and Simon Grix - whose elder brother Scott finished on the winning side.

King was left writhing in agony after a double tackle by Keal Carlile and Graeme Horne before being carried off with torn knee ligaments. Briers also went to hospital for precautionary x-rays on a neck injury.

Boss Tony Smith said: "It was a courageous effort considering we had no spare subs but we did not play the way we would have liked. We were far from our best and need to improve but we will."

Smith refused to blame the pitch for the injuries and added: "It was a little slippery but that wasn't a factor."

Brett Hodgson did manage to put Ryan Atkins over for a late try, with Joel Monaghan firing Warrington into an early lead via a debut touchdown.

Monaghan was sacked by Canberra after lewd pictures involving a Labrador dog appeared on the internet following a Mad Monday end-of-season celebration.

Monaghan, who joined his elder brother Joel at Warrington, had to endure barking taunts from unsympathetic fans.

But there were cheers from Giants supporters for their lively hookers Carlile and Shaun Lunt. Carlile, 20, marked his full debut with a try, with Lunt also crossing.

Boss Brown enthused: "Keal laid a really good platform and can be very proud."

HUDDERSFIELD: Tries: Brough 2, Carlile, Griffin, Lunt Goals: Brough 4 WARRINGTON: Tries: Monaghan, Westwood, Atkins Goals: Hodgson 3

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GRITTY Brough evades tackle from Bridge to score a try
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Feb 13, 2011
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