Huddersfield Giants 42 Hull KR 8: Giants were clinical in attack, praises Woolford

Kruise Leeming scores the Giants' fourth try.   Picture Bruce Rollinson
Kruise Leeming scores the Giants' fourth try. Picture Bruce Rollinson
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Huddersfield coach Simon Woolford believed the manner of the performance that produced their 42-8 home Super League destruction of Hull KR had been coming.

The Giants’ second top-flight triumph of the season helped them move off the foot of the table by leapfrogging Wigan and Leeds into 10th spot.

They were dominant throughout the contest, leading 20-2 at the interval and then keeping their foot on the gas after the break as they cruised to their seven-try victory.

England winger Jermaine McGillvary and England Knights hooker Kruise Leeming led the way with two tries each, while Oliver Roberts, Darnell McIntosh and Suaia Matagi also crossed and the influential Lee Gaskell added seven goals.

And even though Woolford’s side have been slow out of the blocks at the start of the 2019 campaign, the Australian knew there were some positive signs heading into their encounter with the Robins.

“After our win at Wigan the other week I felt we were starting to turn a corner,” said Woolford, who currently has 12 first-team players on the injury list.

“I know we fell off a bit against St Helens the following week - and there were some reasons for that - so the way we played against Hull KR didn’t come as a surprise to me, I knew the boys had it in them.

“We defended very well and were pretty clinical in attack, and I thought several of our players produced their best performance of the season.

“The key now is to make sure we keep on improving both individually and collectively. In the next couple of weeks we should get some of our players back, which is obviously going to help as well.”

It was a horror night for fellow injury-hit side Hull KR, who were never in the contest and had to settle for a 63rd-minute consolation try from Weller Hauraki and two Ryan Shaw goals, with coach Tim Sheens admitting a lack of manpower hit his Robins hard.

“We were outgunned in the middle and their outside backs and nine (Leeming) really hurt us,” said the former Australia national coach.

“But it was always going to be tough for us. Because we had three 18-year-old academy players on the bench, we really needed to make a positive start when we had a strong initial 13 on the park.

“Unfortunately, that didn’t prove the case and it made it a tough night for us. Everyone is understandably disappointed with the way things went.

“All being well, we’ll be getting a number of senior players back over the next few weeks, and that’s clearly going to help.”

There was one positive for the badly-beaten visitors, however, with hooker Shaun Lunt featuring briefly from the substitutes bench in his first appearance since last September after being hospitalised with a serious case of blood poisoning.