Super League: Huddersfield Giants 0-44 Leeds Rhinos - Rhinos move away from bottom
|Betfred Super League|
|Huddersfield (0) 0|
|Leeds (22) 44|
|Tries: Cuthbertson, Briscoe, Dwyer, Hurrell 2, Handley 2, Sutcliffe Goals: Martin 6|
Leeds Rhinos moved two points clear of the foot of the Super League table as they crushed Huddersfield Giants.
The Rhinos blew away the Giants in an 18-minute spell from the middle of the first half as Adam Cuthbertson, Tom Briscoe, Brad Dwyer and Konrad Hurrell ran in tries to lead 22-0 at the break.
After the interval, Ash Handley put in a fine run to cross for Leeds' fifth.
Hurrell and Handley both added a second try each either side of Liam Sutcliffe to keep the Giants scoreless.
The Rhinos' win gives them breathing space at the bottom of the table and means they leapfrog the Giants into eighth place while the hosts drop to 10th.
The defeat is the first time the Giants have failed to score a point in a Super League match this season as they struggled to gain traction against a resurgent Leeds side.
After an even first quarter the Rhinos, who have flirted with the bottom of the table all season, went into overdrive as Cuthbertson powered over the line.
The try kicked Leeds into gear and what followed was a dominant performance which has been sparsely seen in a difficult campaign so far this term.
Huddersfield head coach Simon Woolford:
"Disappointing is an understatement. We had plenty to play for tonight but I thought one team played like they were fighting for survival and the other didn't.
"I apologise to our sponsors and fans for what we dished up. I know I won't sleep tonight and I hope there's 17 players in there that won't either. It's just not good enough with what was on the line.
"It's disappointing and embarrassing and it's just not acceptable."
Leeds interim head coach Richard Agar on Konrad Hurrell's performance:
"What probably made it even more special was the fact that at half-time we were unsure whether he could continue.
"He insisted that he stayed on the field and five minutes into the second half I was berating the physio down the radio because it looked like he couldn't move.
"The message we got back was 'I'm no good to walk on it but I'm alright when I have to run'.
"I wasn't going to argue with Konny and I'm glad he overruled me because he came up with a couple of magical pieces of play."
Huddersfield: McIntosh; McGillvary, I Senior, Wardle, L Senior; Gaskell, Frawley; Walne, Leeming, English, Ta'ai, Mellor, Lawrence.
Replacements: O'Brien, Roberts, Matagi, Murphy.
Leeds: Briscoe; Walker, Handley, Hurrell, Newman; Lui, Myler; Cuthbertson, Lunt, Seumanufagai, Martin, Ferres, Merrin.
Replacements: Dwyer, Donaldson, Sutcliffe, Singleton.
Referee: Robert Hicks