Leeds Rhinos 18-25 Huddersfield Giants

Friday 8th June 2018
KO: 19:45 - Round: 17

18-25 FT

HT: 12 18

Official: L Moore

Venue: Emerald Headingley Stadium

  • Leeds Rhinos

  • Tries
    Richie Myler, Matt Parcell, Cameron Smith,

  • Goals
    Jordan Lilley (3),

  • Drop Goals

  • Huddersfield Giants

  • Tries
    Kruise Leeming, Alex Mellor, Aaron Murphy, Adam O'Brien,

  • Goals
    Oliver Russell (4),

  • Drop Goals
    Oliver Russell,

Official Report / Commentary

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.

On Russell's performance, Woolford said: “He’s a young kid but he’s got the head of a 30-year-old. He led the team around great and his kicking was first class.

“I’ve been watching Olly train for five or six weeks and I had the utmost confidence he could do the job for us. He was fantastic.”

Leeds coach Brian McDermott said: “There are some tangible reasons why it’s not happening for us.

“I don’t see a beaten group, I see a team that’s losing games because we’re missing too many people.

“We’re up for the fight and to keep Huddersfield at bay for long periods of the second half shows there is still a lot of fight in us.”

  • 75: Goal scored for Huddersfield by Oliver Russell
  • 48: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Oliver Russell
  • 47: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Adam O'Brien
  • 42: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Jordan Lilley
  • 41: TRY! scored for Leeds by Cameron Smith
  • 36: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Oliver Russell
  • 35: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Alex Mellor
  • 29: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Oliver Russell
  • 28: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Aaron Murphy
  • 18: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Jordan Lilley
  • 16: TRY! scored for Leeds by Richie Myler
  • 11: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Jordan Lilley
  • 11: TRY! scored for Leeds by Matt Parcell
  • 8: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Oliver Russell
  • 7: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Kruise Leeming
  • Key Performers

    Alex Mellor

    Metres 153
    1 1

    Stevie Ward

    Clean Breaks 3
    2 2

    Adam Cuthbertson

    Offloads 6
    2 2

    Ryan Hall

    Metres 153
    2 2

    Mitchell Garbutt

    Metres 152
    2 2

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Leeds Rhinos 3
    Huddersfield Giants 4

    Goals:

    Leeds Rhinos 3
    Huddersfield Giants 4

    METRES:

    Leeds Rhinos 1397
    Huddersfield Giants 1399

    CARRIES:

    Leeds Rhinos 194
    Huddersfield Giants 194

    TACKLES:

    Leeds Rhinos 386
    Huddersfield Giants 354

    OFFLOADS:

    Leeds Rhinos 16
    Huddersfield Giants 13

    PENALTIES:

    Leeds Rhinos 6
    Huddersfield Giants 8

    BREAKS:

    Leeds Rhinos 5
    Huddersfield Giants 9

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Cameron Smith 1 0 34 7 2 1 0 11 70 6.36 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Matt Parcell 1 0 25 1 4 4 0 13 119 9.15 1 12 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Richard Myler 1 0 7 0 3 0 9 10 69 6.90 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mitchell Garbutt 0 0 27 4 2 2 0 18 152 8.44 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Brett Delaney 0 0 29 8 2 0 0 9 65 7.22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ashton Golding 0 0 12 1 0 0 0 5 35 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Josh Walters 0 0 18 4 0 0 0 5 34 6.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Brett Ferres 0 0 29 4 1 0 1 9 66 7.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Stevie Ward 0 0 42 7 6 6 1 13 141 10.85 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 1
    Mikolaj Oledzki 0 0 16 2 2 0 0 6 48 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Cuthbertson 0 0 47 10 2 4 0 18 85 4.72 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2
    Jordan Lilley 0 0 45 13 8 0 7 10 34 3.40 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 1
    Ryan Hall 0 0 2 0 1 6 0 18 153 8.50 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Ash Handley 0 0 20 5 5 2 0 11 105 9.55 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Liam Sutcliffe 0 1 25 6 2 3 1 13 73 5.62 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Briscoe 0 0 3 1 0 3 0 15 111 7.40 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jack Walker 0 0 5 0 3 1 0 10 37 3.70 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Kruise Leeming 1 0 29 7 1 3 1 6 34 5.67 2 4 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Alex Mellor 1 1 39 6 3 6 0 19 153 8.05 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Aaron Murphy 1 0 33 6 5 2 0 11 61 5.55 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam O'Brien 1 0 26 6 0 3 0 3 19 6.33 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Lee Gaskell 0 0 20 5 3 2 1 11 80 7.27 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Leroy Cudjoe 0 0 14 1 0 5 0 15 119 7.93 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
    Jermaine McGillvary 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 14 99 7.07 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Rankin 0 0 5 0 0 3 1 17 119 7.00 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Darnell McIntosh 0 0 3 0 3 4 0 14 87 6.21 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Turner 0 1 20 3 4 2 1 7 53 7.57 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Oliver Russell 0 1 24 1 2 0 5 5 26 5.20 1 0 0 0 4 1 2 2
    Mike Lawrence 0 0 32 6 4 1 0 13 99 7.62 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Paul Clough 0 0 20 3 0 0 0 13 92 7.08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Hinchcliffe 0 0 33 4 1 3 0 10 66 6.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sebastine Ikahihifo 0 0 15 4 1 2 0 12 72 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Daniel Smith 0 0 20 3 3 4 0 18 137 7.61 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Matthew English 0 0 18 3 1 2 0 6 83 13.83 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties