17th August 2018, 22:19 | super8
In-form Huddersfield Giants kept their slim hopes of securing a top-four Betfred Super League finish alive with a hard-fought 26-6 victory over plucky Hull FC.
Simon Woolford’s men made it 11 wins out of 12 and six on the trot as they remained within striking distance of the leading Super 8s pack.
The sides were locked at 0-0 at half-time after a 40-minute battle where neither team was able to create a clear-cut opening.
There was no denying Alex Mellor within three minutes of the restart, however, while Lee Gaskell finished under the posts soon after, with Danny Brough converting both and adding a penalty to put Huddersfield 14-0 ahead.
Bureta Faraimo renewed the Black and Whites’ hopes with a superb individual try and it took a strong run from Jermaine McGillvary to finally settle the outcome as he charged to the posts and fed Ryan Hinchcliffe to grab Huddersfield's third converted try.
With the visitors’ resistance finally broken, Ukuma Ta’ai took full advantage by crashing over from close range with five minutes remaining and, with Brough withdrawn from the contest, Darnell McIntosh landed the conversion.
Woolford said: “What this group of players is doing is fantastic. I couldn’t be more delighted for them.
“If we keep on winning our games, who knows where that might leave us at the end of the Super 8s? But right now we’re not focusing on the end of the season, we’re focusing on one game at a time."
Hull coach Lee Radford said: “This was another disappointing night all round.
“I thought the way the players worked for each other in defence was a positive, but apart from that it was another tough defeat to take."