Betfred Super League review: Huddersfield Giants given survival boost, St Helens in narrow win

Huddersfield Giants players celebrate
Huddersfield Giants players celebrate

A review of Friday's double header in the Betfred Super League...

Results

  • Hull FC 12-22 Huddersfield Giants
  • St Helens 4-0 Castleford Tigers

Huddersfield secure vital away win

Huddersfield moved two points clear of Super League's bottom two as Hull FC's play-off hopes suffered a major blow with a 22-12 defeat at the KCOM Stadium.

The visitors eased their relegation worries as Hull's stuttering end to the season took another downward turn as they failed to put a point on the scoreboard in the second half and were unable to capitalise on Castleford, the sixth-placed side chasing them in fifth, losing at St Helens.

Hull edged the first half half with tries from Jamie Shaul and Bureta Faraimo, with both being converted by Marc Sneyd.

In between Hull's scores came touchdowns for Huddersfield by Jermaine McGillvary and Aaron Murphy but Lee Gaskell only converted the latter.

The second half remained scoreless until well past the hour before Louis Senior and Matt Frawley added tries for Huddersfield which were both converted by Gaskell.

Grace scores in narrow Saints victory

A solitary Regan Grace try eight minutes before half-time was the only scoring action as St Helens beat Castleford 4-0 in a match which equalled Super League's lowest-scoring game.

Having beaten Celtic Crusaders 4-0 in 2009, Saints repeated the trick here on the night they were presented with the League Leaders' Shield.

Castleford have never won a summer era game in St Helens but they may never get a better chance than this having dominated for long periods and bombing chance after chance, especially in the second half.

In their first game since being beaten by Warrington in the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley six days ago, Saints performed magnificently in defence when they were clearly running on fumes in the closing minutes.

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