Super League: Huddersfield Giants 48-10 Warrington Wolves

Jermaine McGillvary
Jermaine McGillvary has scored 25 tries in 29 appearances for Huddersfield Giants this season
Huddersfield (18) 48
Tries: Murphy 3, McGillvary 4, Wardle, Ellis Goals: Brough 3, Ellis 3
Warrington: (0) 10
Tries: Westwood, Asotasi Goals: Sandow

Four Jermaine McGillvary tries helped Huddersfield beat Warrington 48-10 to secure a Super League play-off place.

Danny Brough's pass set up Aaron Murphy to open the scoring for Giants, whilst McGillvary added two first-half tries.

McGillvary secured his hat-trick after the break, and Joe Wardle extended the hosts' lead shortly after.

Ben Westwood and Roy Asotasi crossed for Wolves, but two more tries from Murphy and one each from McGillvary and Jamie Ellis secured a comfortable win.

The result lifts Huddersfield above St Helens into third place, six points clear of fifth-placed Castleford with just two games left in the Super 8s, while Warrington remain sixth in the table.

After an even start, Brough's brilliant long ball prised open the Wolves defensive line and allowed Murphy to touch down in the corner.

McGillvary top of the scoring charts
Jermaine McGillvary leads Super League with 25 tries this season, and has scored 20 or more tries in each of the past three seasons for Huddersfield Giants.

The visitors were unable to break down Huddersfield in possession and they were punished for their lack of creativity as winger McGillvary kept his balance down the touchline to double the lead.

McGillvary crossed again moments later, before his last-ditch tackle forced Warrington winger Kevin Penny to drop the ball as he dived for the line.

The 27-year-old wrapped up his hat-trick with only two minutes of the second half gone, and Wardle was then set free down the left to make it 26-0.

Jake Connor's yellow card allowed Warrington a route back into the game, as Westwood and Asotasi both went over with the Giants reduced to 12 men.

But Murphy scored two tries in four minutes to complete his own hat-trick and end Wolves' comeback hopes, before McGillvary and Ellis went over late on as Huddersfield wrapped up their biggest win of the Super 8s phase.

Huddersfield head coach Paul Anderson:

"We talked about the top four being in our own hands and we've done that now.

"We have two games to prepare for whoever or wherever we go [in the semi-finals].

"There are 27 days between now and the Grand Final. We will try and put good days together each day and hopefully we will be rewarded with a trophy."

Warrington head coach Tony Smith:

"Huddersfield are in good form at the moment but there are several weeks to go before the Grand Final.

"They are consistent and that's what you aim for but whether they maintain that and are still there in four weeks' time, I don't know?

"You can slip in and out of form very easily and it's harder to get it back than let it slip, but they are looking like a tough team to beat at the moment."

Huddersfield Giants: Grix, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Connor, Wardle, Murphy, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Huby, Hughes, Ta'ai, Ellis.

Replacements: Lawrence, Kopczak, Leeming, Smith

Warrington Wolves: Asotasi, Atkins, Clark, Currie, Hill, Johnson, King, Monaghan, Penny, Ratchford, Sandow, Westwood, Wheeler.

Replacements: Dwyer, Harrison, Sims, Wilde.

Att: 5,563

Ref: James Child (RFL).

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