Super League: Huddersfield Giants 28-40 Castleford Tigers
|Betfred Super League|
|Huddersfield (6) 28|
|Tries: Ta'ai, Smith, I Senior 2, Wakeman Goals: Rankin 4|
|Castleford (28) 40|
|Tries: McShane, Minikin, Foster 2, Webster, Eden, Shenton Goals: Ellis 6|
Castleford held off a second-half Huddersfield fightback to move up to fifth in the Super League table.
The visitors scored the first four tries, Paul McShane, Greg Minikin, Alex Foster and Jake Webster going over.
Ukuma Ta'ai crossed in the corner for Giants, but Greg Eden extended Tigers' lead before half-time.
Daniel Smith went over and Innes Senior crossed twice for Giants, but Foster and Michael Shenton scored to seal the win despite Shannon Wakeman's late try.
Castleford's victory kept them one point behind fourth-placed Leeds and only two points behind second-placed Wigan, having played one game fewer than both those sides.
They once again showed off the attacking prowess which helped them reach last season's Grand Final, despite losing star winger Eden to a hamstring injury just before half-time, having scored just 17 points across their previous two games.
Huddersfield stay 11th in the table with only two wins this season, having drawn once and lost twice since sacking head coach Rick Stone.
But the emergence of 17-year-old Senior as a genuine threat will provide some comfort, with twin brother Louis also getting his second Super League start on the opposite flank.
Huddersfield interim head coach Chris Thorman:
"We saw some good execution out there and I was really happy with Innes finishing his tries.
"It shows he's probably one of the most capable 17-year-olds I've ever seen, apart from his brother on the other wing who didn't quite get the same service.
"I'm really pleased with both of them. Louis followed on from his performance against Leeds. They've got some real potential."
Castleford head coach Daryl Powell:
"We're not coming out after half-time and playing the same way we have in the first half.
"It's a little bit disappointing. There's a consistency to it. We're ticking along alright in terms of picking up points but we're not playing that great.
"We just had a good chat about it in the changing rooms. The players are as frustrated as our fans will be and as I am."
Huddersfield: Simpson; L Senior, Turner, Murphy, I Senior; Gaskell, Rankin; Ikahihifo, O'Brien, Ta'ai, Ferguson, Lawrence, Smith.
Replacements: Clough, Wakeman, Roberts, English.
Castleford: Trueman; Minikin, Webster, Shenton, Eden; Roberts, Ellis; Watts, McShane, Millington, Holmes, Wardle, Foster.
Replacements: Moors, McMeeken, Milner, Springer.