Leeds 12 Huddersfield 22: Lancaster sees stylish Giants stomp on Rhinos
22:44 GMT, 30 March 2012
Jermaine McGillvary's spectacular try helped Huddersfield jump to the top of Super League with a clinical performance in front of watching England rugby union coach Stuart Lancaster.
McGillvary finished a sweeping five-man move to claim the Giants’ fourth score as struggling Leeds crashed to a second successive defeat.
The Giants ended a 51-year wait for a win at Headingley 12 months ago and once more had the measure of their opponents.
Taken down: Leeds were beaten by Huddersfield as Stuart Lancaster watched
The Rhinos were much improved from their 46-6 mauling at St Helens but were still no match for a superbly-drilled Huddersfield side who defended magnificently and created a host of tryscoring opportunities.
Giants boss Nathan Brown said: ‘Our commitment was much better. Leeds would beat most teams playing like that, so to come and win is great.’
Zak Hardaker had put the Rhinos ahead midway through the first half but Huddersfield were full of enterprise and hit back with a double to grab the initiative before the break.
Jason Chan went close with a powerful drive, before Eorl Crabtree finished the job by charging on to Danny Brough’s smart pass.
Chan finished Scott Grix’s break five minutes later, then Greg Eden and McGillvary sealed it. Kylie Leuluai got a late consolation.
Leeds will be consoled by the performance of 18-year-old Stevie Ward, who was given his full debut at scrum-half in the absence of Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow and acquitted himself well.
Their coach Brian McDermott said: ‘We were guilty of trying to do it through individual brilliance rather than rely on some of the things we practised.’