Hull 46 Huddersfield 10: Foster helps set up second round Wolves play-off clash
21:06 GMT, 16 September 2012
Peter Gentle insisted his Hull team can reach Old Trafford and the Super League Grand Final after they demolished woeful Huddersfield.
On-loan winger Jamie Foster claimed 22 points from two tries and seven goals, but it was Hull’s defence that left the biggest impression.
Hull boss Gentle said: ‘I know what my players are capable of and when we play as a team we’re very good.
Easy: Hull were on top form to see off sorry Huddersfield
‘We’re not here to make up the numbers and we don’t consider ourselves to be a dark horse. We’re one of six teams left and there are now only three weeks to go.’
England winger Tom Briscoe collected an early double to give Hull a lead they never surrendered.
Huddersfield’s basic approach and a string of mishaps gave further encouragement to the hosts, who reached a 22-0 lead early in the second half when Foster claimed his brace. Liam Watts, Aaron Heremaia, Andy Lynch and Richard Horne scored Hull’s final tries, with Scott Grix and Eorl Crabtree touching down for the visitors.
Hull will travel to Warrington on Saturday, while Huddersfield’s year finished in such appalling style that coach Paul Anderson admitted his squad’s mental strength is well short.
Giants were top of the table after a third of the season, but just three wins from their last nine league games have highlighted their problems for a third successive year.
Anderson said: ‘We weren’t good enough. The most physical and aggressive team won.’