8th June 2018, 22:35 | super_league

Giants earn vital win at Leeds

Giants earn vital win at Leeds

Leeds Rhinos 18-25 Huddersfield Giants

Huddersfield Giants bounced back from their Ladbrokes Challenge Cup exit to present Simon Woolford with his first win as head coach at the expense of reigning champions Leeds Rhinos.

In contrast to their display against Catalans Dragons, the Giants were full of energy and invention from the start at Headingley and were good value for their 25-18 victory that further eases their relegation fears.

Below-par Leeds were badly disrupted by injury as they crashed to a fourth successive Betfred Super League defeat which leaves them seven points off the top four.

After Kruise Leeming opened the scoring for the Giants, Leeds recovered courtesy of tries from Matt Parcell and Richie Myler.

Aaron Murphy and Alex Mellor helped Huddersfield open up a 18-12 half-time lead, but Cameron Smith levelled things up shortly after the interval.

Adam O'Brien scored the winning try in the 47th minute and, having tagged on the extras, Oliver Russell kicked a drop goal.