Huddersfield Giants 66-6 Widnes Vikings

Leroy Cudjoe

Huddersfield (34) 66

Cudjoe 4, George 3, Grix, Robinson, Chan, Wardle, Eden
Brough 9

Widnes (0) 6

Ah Van

Leroy Cudjoe's four tries and a hat-trick from Luke George helped Huddersfield blow away Widnes 66-6 at the Galpharm Stadium.

Widnes were overrun in the first half, with Cudjoe, Luke Robinson, Scott Grix and Luke George all crossing for the Giants as they went in 34-0 in front.

George and Cudjoe then added to their tallies while Jason Chan, Joe Wardle and Greg Eden also ran in tries.

Danny Brough kicked nine goals, while Paddy Flynn got Widnes's consolation.

Huddersfield's opening-weekend victory at Wigan was a sign of things to come for Widnes, who lost at home to Wakefield on their Super League return last weekend, and it did not take the hosts long to exert their dominance.

Half-back Brough caused chaos with a high ball fumbled by Widnes wing Patrick Ah Van and, from the resulting scrum, Robinson broke from dummy half to open the scoring.

Indiscipline by Widnes handed Huddersfield a repeat set inside the visitors' 20, and Cudjoe left Willie Isa standing to notch the second try.

Widnes were proving architects of their own downfall, conceding a penalty on their own 20-metre line and, after Wardle was held up close to the line, Grix took advantage of a gap in the line to stroll home for a third score.

Cudjoe, whose pace was a thorn in Widnes' side all afternoon, snapped up a brace of tries to collect his hat-trick.

The second was a length-of-the-field interception try with Widnes on the Giants' line, and the third followed good work from Brough.

With the visitors shellshocked, Wardle forced the issue in picking up Kevin Brown's pass, and drew Danny Craven's tackle before feeding George for his first try since returning to the club from Wakefield.

The hooter could not come soon enough, although the Vikings' fortunes did not improve after the break.

George's handling let him down after his run carved open the Widnes defence, but he made amends with an 80-metre run that resulted in his second and Huddersfield's seventh try.

Denis Betts' side finally avoided the ignominy of being 'nilled' with a try from Flynn.

Kurt Haggerty collected a skewed ball by Rhys Hanbury and released Flynn, who collected his own grubber to touch down wide of the posts.

Quickfire tries from Cudjoe - his fourth - and Chan took Huddersfield's tally past 50 points, before George popped up for his hat-trick with a quarter of an hour to go.

Wardle then turned scorer, and there was still time for Eden to pick up a try in a crushing victory for Nathan Brown's side.


Huddersfield head coach Nathan Brown:

"They're a different type of opposition and our younger guys might get picked on a bit more.

"So they need to keep their feet on the ground.

"But it was pleasing that all the players, from young to old, contributed to a good win."

Widnes head coach Denis Betts:

"We were put to the sword by a top-four or top-six side. They've got attacking power all over the field and it's a good sign of what's happening at Huddersfield that so many of them are homegrown.

"I don't think we saw much of a performance from anyone. I won't relish watching the DVD as there won't be many occasions where I'm not going to think there's something we can't improve on.

"The only positive is it's our second game and we're going to get better. Across the board we've got players who are growing into this league."


Huddersfield: Eden; McGillvary, Cudjoe, Wardle, George; Grix, Brough; Crabtree, Robinson, Gilmour, Chan, Fairbank, Brown.

Replacements: Lawrence, Ferguson, Lee, Walker.

Widnes: Craven; Flynn, Dean, Isa, Ah Van; White, Hanbury; Cross, Moore, Davies, Winterstein, Allen, Cahill.

Replacements: Finnigan, Kavanagh, Haggerty, Mullally.

Attendance: 8,869.

Referee: Steve Ganson (St Helens).

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