Super League: Castleford Tigers 18-32 Huddersfield Giants
|Betfred Super League|
|Castleford Tigers (18) 18|
|Tries: Ellis, Trueman, Moors Goals: Ellis 3|
|Huddersfield Giants (18) 32|
|Tries: McGillvary 3, Gaskell, Cudjoe, McIntosh Goals: Brough 4|
Jermaine McGillvary scored a hat-trick as Huddersfield secured their place in the Super 8s with a win at Castleford.
The teams shared six tries in the first half, with Jamie Ellis, Jake Trueman and Junior Moors going over for the hosts and Jermaine McGillvary (2) and Lee Gaskell crossing for the Giants.
Scores from Leroy Cudjoe and Darnell McIntosh put the visitors in control.
McGillvary showed great athleticism to complete his treble, as the Giants ultimately ran out comfortable winners.
Few would have predicted the final score when tries from Ellis and Trueman gave Castleford an early 12-0 lead.
However, the Giants had come into the game on the back of four wins in five and Gaskell's try to leave the scores level at 18-18 at the break gave them momentum.
The Tigers, who would have gone second with victory, were stunned by three tries in the opening 12 minutes of the second half and never looked like getting back in it.
Huddersfield end the regular season with a home game against Wakefield, while Cas visit bottom side Widnes.
Castleford: Laulu-Togagae, Clare, Webster, Shenton, Eden, Ellis, Trueman, Watts, McShane, Sene-Lefao, Holmes, Millington, Milner.
Replacements: Moors, Massey, Cook, Clark.
Huddersfield: Rankin, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Turner, McIntosh, Gaskell, Brough, Clough, O'Brien, Lawrence, Mellor, Murphy, Ta'ai.
Replacements: Hinchcliffe, Ferguson, Smith, Roberts.
Referee: Chris Kendall (RFL)