Huddersfield Giants 32-8 win over champions, Leeds Rhinos, not only returned them to the top of the Super League but it also showed that they have the players and the game plan to keep them in contention for the rest of the season.
In poor conditions at Headingley the Giants produced some outstanding rugby and used the wet weather to their advantage as they consistently turned the Rhinos back three round with probing kicks early in the tackle count.
Leeds failed to learn from their mistakes as Danny Brough produced a series of pinpoint kicks which his teammates capitalised on, as well as scoring a try and four goals himself, and Giants coach Paul Anderson was quick to praise his returning half-back.
“People will obviously point to the difference that was made by having Danny Brough back in the side – he again showed what a class act he is.” Anderson said.
Brough had been missing for the Giants last outing- a disappointing defeat to Bradford, but his return galvanised the team and the Giants’ hard work was rewarded with a clinical victory which proved their credentials as title contenders.
“The key for me was the collective effort and the attitude that everyone showed in making the victory possible,” Anderson said. “As soon as the boys came off I asked them what the difference was between this week and last, and they all said it their approach,” he added.
If Brough remains fit for the rest of the season and the Giants pack can continue to dominate their opposition then they look certain to be in contention for a Grand Final spot and, on Friday’s showing, they will be confident of going on to win the whole competition.