Super League: Huddersfield Giants thrash Hull FC at Magic Weekend
|Betfred Super League - Magic Weekend|
|Hull FC (2) 2|
|Huddersfield Giants (21) 55|
|Tries: Joe Wardle, Jake Wardle, O'Brien 2, McIntosh 2, Mellor, McGillvary 2, Murphy Goals: Russell 7 Drop goal: Russell|
Huddersfield Giants ran in 10 tries to stun Hull FC and record the club's biggest-ever victory at Magic Weekend.
The Giants took the lead through Joe Wardle, before his brother Jake crossed over soon after to extend their lead.
Huddersfield were 21-2 up at half-time, with Adam O'Brien and Darnell McIntosh putting them further ahead at Anfield.
O'Brien and McIntosh both crossed again in the second half, while Alex Mellor, Aaron Murphy and Jermaine McGillvary completed a resounding win.
The Giants' win comes off the back of their victory against their opponents cross-city rivals Hull Kingston Rovers last week and means they move above Wigan into eighth place before the Warriors take on Warrington in the late game.
Huddersfield's early try came courtesy of a defensive mishap from Hull's Jamie Shaul, which allowed Wardle to sneak in and ground the ball with ease.
Hull had been boosted by the return of prop Josh Bowden from an anterior cruciate ligament injury for the game but struggled to deal with Huddersfield after they raced out of the blocks.
Catalans' early victory against Wakefield means they retain third spot in Super League as Hull squandered the chance to put Steve McNamara's side under pressure.
Hull FC coach Lee Radford:
"We had a tough initial period and then you put in a second half like that and it's like The Rocky Horror Show.
"I spoke about us wanting to show more consistency; one thing this team is consistent at is inconsistency.
"We'll have to listen now to how bad a team we are, what we have to change, but it's all self-inflicted.
"If I knew the answer we wouldn't be tossing those performances in. We prepare consistently, our training is consistent but what goes on between the six inches of your ears is up to you."
Huddersfield Giants coach Simon Woolford:
"Obviously I'm very pleased and that was far and away our most complete performance of the season.
"I am really pleased with the two points conceded but we looked really good with the ball in hand.
"I was surprised by Hull. We knew if we got our discipline right we might catch them off guard and we forced a lot of their errors."
Hull FC: Shaul, Buchanan, Griffin, Connor, Naulago, Kelly, Sneyd, Taylor, Washbrook, Paea, Hadley, Minichiello, Westerman.
Interchanges: Bowden, Green, Manu, Fash.
Huddersfield Giants: McIntosh, McGillvary, Turner, Wardle, Senior, Gaskell, Russell, Russell, English, O'Brien, Matagi, Wardle, Mellor, Murphy.
Interchanges: Leeming, Clough, Lawrence, Ta'ai.
Referee: L. Moore.