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Salford 20 Huddersfield 30: Giants finish strongly to reclaim vital victory

Salford 20 Huddersfield 30: Giants hold their nerve to claim vital victory in Super League

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UPDATED:

22:52 GMT, 10 August 2012

Huddersfield Giants returned to the top six in Stobart Super League after a hard-fought win at Salford with 10 points in the last nine minutes.

Huddersfield were level 20-20 until they sealed victory with a Michael Lawrence try and three Scott Grix goals.

The Giants, who beat Salford 36-10 at the
Galpharm Stadium in March, were without Danny Brough and
Castleford-bound Lee Gilmour but Joe Wardle returned from a 10-week
absence.

High five: Huddersfield Giants' Michael Lawrence celebrates scoring the winning try

High five: Huddersfield Giants' Michael Lawrence celebrates scoring the winning try

Wardle had not played since suffering an abdominal injury in the Magic Weekend defeat by the Reds at the Etihad Stadium.

Scott Moore was also back after missing the win over Catalans – new boss Paul Anderson's first victory in three matches since succeeding Nathan Brown.

The Reds, after three defeats in a row against Widnes, Hull and London, were missing ex-Giants star Chris Nero with an elbow injury but Iafeta Paleaaesina returned after a hamstring problem.

Salford had won their last two home matches against Huddersfield but were again forced to field a makeshift half-back pairing with Sean Long still unable return from retirement due to a thumb injury.

Forward Stuart Howarth partnered Daniel Holdsworth with Mark Sneyd also sidelined and Matty Smith now at Wigan.

Luke Robinson looked sharp from dummy half against his old club who lost Ashley Gibson after only five minutes with an arm injury.

Huddersfield went ahead after a burst by Jason Chan enabled Grix and Leroy Cudjoe to put Jermaine McGillvary over in the corner.

The Giants almost went further in front when Tommy Lee sent Eorl Crabtree bursting through but he was stopped short and then Grix was held up over the line.

Aaron Murphy just failed to gather a Lee kick with Salford on the rack in the early stages.

Lee then lost the ball over the line after a powerful Crabtree burst before Huddersfield were reduced to 12 men after 20 minutes when Cudjoe was sin-binned for a professional foul.

It was no surprise when Lee's kick caused havoc in the Reds defence and Brett Ferres touched down for his first try for the club after signing from Castleford.

Grix's conversion stretched the lead to 10-0 before Salford opened their account. Cudjoe was still in the sin-bin when Vinnie Anderson swept over from Luke Patten's pass with Holdsworth's conversion cutting the gap to 10-6.

But then Holdsworth and Anderson engineered a try for Jodie Broughton in the corner four minutes from the break to level the scores before Holdsworth landed the touchline conversion.

David Fa'alogo let the Reds off the hook by spilling a pass near the line to leave the Giants trailing 12-10 at half-time.

But Huddersfield regained the lead almost straight from the restart when Greg Eden dummied and went through.

Then Jason Chan's touchdown made it 20-12 after 47 minutes before Danny Williams took Sean Gleeson's pass to give the Reds renewed hope with only four points the arrears after an hour.

Gleeson went over from dummy half to level the scores at 20-20 and the Reds would have gone ahead had Williams been able to take Holdsworth's pass.

Huddersfield regained the lead 22-20 with a Grix penalty for Patten's high tackle. Michael Lawrence notched the Giants' fifth try with a Grix conversion and penalty sealing the win.

England 20 Exiles 32: McNamara says young side will benefit after comprehensive defeat

England 20 Exiles 32: McNamara says young side will benefit from comprehensive defeat

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UPDATED:

23:25 GMT, 4 July 2012

England coach Steve McNamara believes his emerging players will benefit from the comprehensive defeat by the Exiles.

McNamara's new-look side were no match for their vastly-experienced opponents as the Exiles cruised to a 32-20 victory at Huddersfield's Galpharm Stadium to avenge last month's defeat at Langtree Park.

Exiles skipper Brett Hodgson, who missed the first game through injury, scored two of his side's six tries and kicked four goals for a personal haul of 16 points while winger Francis Meli also touched down twice.

Victors: Exiles celebrate their win

Victors: Exiles celebrate their win

McNamara's decision to rest four regulars, with three others unavailable including the newly-retired Peacock, gave tonight's side an experimental look but the coach insisted his fringe players had not ruined their chances of further representative honours.

'We exposed a lot of our young players all at the same time,' he said. 'They will improve from that.

'If you throw another couple of senior blokes alongside those young people you'd see a different performance and possibly a different result.

'I don't think they're further away at all. This will make them even closer to being selected further down the track.

'We've said all along it's about building a squad and a programme that gives us the best chance of winning the World Cup at the end of 2013.

'I'm grateful to the Exiles. Some or our players have not and will not experience that again until they play another international.'

Stopped in his tracks: Eorl Crabtree is tackled by Brett Hodgson (left) and Kylie Leuluai

Stopped in his tracks: Eorl Crabtree is tackled by Brett Hodgson (left) and Kylie Leuluai

England were soundly beaten in most departments as the Exiles produced a performance full of flair.

'We weren't good enough tonight,' McNamara added. 'We were clearly second best. We're representing England so we're disappointed we didn't get the win.

'We felt we had a team capable of doing that and we prepared as if we were going to win that game.

'We didn't get off to the best start. I thought we were a bit shaky and vulnerable at the start and I thought their experience really told in the end.'

England captain Jon Wilkin, who took over on a one-off basis from the retired Jamie Peacock, said the match presented an opportunity for Super League players to play at a more intense level.

'I've played against Australia and New Zealand and the intensity of tonight's match is up there,' he said.

'The relentless nature of international rugby is something we struggle to recreate in Super League.

Rare highlight: Josh Charnely goes over for a try

Rare highlight: Josh Charnely goes over for a try

'Games in Super League are often punctuated by penalties and stoppages and come the end of the year it's a more fluid game.

'Tonight there were only two penalties in the game and it mirrors exactly what a Test match is like.

'I know I feel the benefit for it and the rest of the team certainly did despite a disappointing loss.'

Exiles coach Daniel Anderson was delighted with the way his much-changed side responded to their 18-10 defeat at St Helens.

'We made some adjustments,' he said. 'We had some different personnel but we wanted to represent the Exiles' brand of rugby and that is a skilful brand of rugby and I thought we showcased that in dry conditions.

'Even though we scored points, we had a lot of other opportunities and probably butchered a couple.'

Jon Wilkin will captain England against Exiles

Wilkin will skipper England against Exiles after Peacock's retirement

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UPDATED:

14:45 GMT, 2 July 2012

St Helens captain Jon Wilkin will captain England in Wednesday's origin international against the Exiles at Huddersfield.

Wilkin, 28, will take over the role from Jamie Peacock, who announced his retirement from international rugby league with immediate effect, at the end of June.

He was left out of the team for the opening game but is one of six changes made by coach Steve McNamara for the return game at the Galpharm Stadium.

Captain: Jon Wilkin will skipper England

Captain: Jon Wilkin will skipper England

McNamara confirmed debuts for Warrington utility back Stefan Ratchford while Danny Brough (Huddersfield) and Matty Smith (Salford) will form a new-look half-back partnership, with forwards Scott Taylor (Hull KR) and Liam Farrell (Wigan) on the bench.

They will line up alongside nine survivors of the team that won 18-10 in the opening game at Langtree Park.

'We have a young, hungry side,' said McNamara. 'We have made a number of changes from the first game and it is an exciting opportunity to see some real quality young players coming in and staking a claim for a regular place in the side.'

McNamara is also looking forward to see how Brough and Smith cut it at this level forming a new half-back combination.

'Matty and Danny really excite me,' he added. 'They have been in tremendous form in the Stobart Super League and I know they have the ability to step up and perform at this level.

'They will complement each other's skills and can form a devastating partnership.'

Huddersfield 1 MK Dons 2 (agg 3-2): Rhodes leads to Wembley with Terriers to face Blades

Huddersfield 1 MK Dons 2 (agg 3-2): Rhodes leads to Wembley but Smith

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UPDATED:

22:32 GMT, 15 May 2012

For Huddersfield, promotion to the Championship is 90 minutes away after they booked a Wembley play-off final place at the Galpharm Stadium.

But Jordan Rhodes may just be raising his sights a little higher after the coveted striker scored his 40th goal of the season.

On target: Jordan Rhodes hit his 40th goal of the campaign

On target: Jordan Rhodes hit his 40th goal of the campaign

A nervy start by the home side was threatening to undermine their 2-0 first-leg win until Rhodes struck in the 18th minute.

Danny Ward flicked on a Kallum Higginbotham free-kick and the 22-year-old stole into space to fire a low, left-foot shot into the corner.

We're going to Wembley: Terriers fans start the party

We're going to Wembley: Terriers fans start the party

Daniel Powell hit back for MK Dons when he turned on the edge of the penalty area and drilled a shot into the bottom corner in the 39th minute.

Alan Smith headed home from a corner in injury time but Huddersfield held on and will face Sheffield United in the final on May 26.

Simon Grayson named Huddersfield manager

Grayson gets the nod at Huddersfield as Terriers swoop for former Leeds boss

Simon Grayson looks has been appointed the new manager of Huddersfield Town after signing a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Huddersfield have been searching for a new manager since the sacking of Lee Clark last week.

Talks are believed to have been held between Grayson and Huddersfield over the weekend and the 42-year-old has agreed to take up the role at the Galpharm Stadium.

Quick return: Simon Grayson is set to be named as manager of Huddersfield

Quick return: Simon Grayson has been named as manager of Huddersfield

'Simon has a proven
track record of success in this division, chairman Dean Hoyle told the Huddersfield website.

'He knows League One inside-out
and he knows exactly what it takes to get teams promoted to the
Championship, having done so at both Blackpool and Leeds United.

'Throughout his managerial career he has operated with the pressure to
succeed and expectations that go along with that. We are delighted he
has taken up the challenge and we look forward to working with him.'

It marks a speedy return to management for Grayson following his sacking by Leeds at the start of February.

Simon Grayson set to be named Huddersfield manager

Grayson set to land Huddersfield job as Terriers move to appoint Clark's successor

Simon Grayson looks set to land the vacant manager's job at Huddersfield Town.

Huddersfield have been searching for a new manager since the sacking of Lee Clark last week and it appears they have plumped for Grayson.

Talks are believed to have been held between Grayson and Huddersfield over the weekend and the 42-year-old has agreed to take up the role at the Galpharm Stadium.

Quick return: Simon Grayson is set to be named as manager of Huddersfield

Quick return: Simon Grayson is set to be named as manager of Huddersfield

Terriers chairman Dean Hoyle revealed last week he was due to return from a holiday this week to appoint a new manager and it appears he is set to rubberstamp the move for Grayson with further talks planned for Monday.

It will mean a speedy return to management for Grayson following his sacking by Leeds at the start of February.

Lee Clark sacked by Huddersfield and lined up by Leeds

Clark free to take Leeds job after Huddersfield SACK record-breaking manager

Lee Clark is in the frame to take over at Leeds after being shown the door at Huddersfield.

Clark has been linked with the Leeds post since Simon Grayson was sacked at the start of the month.

The former Newcastle midfielder has steered Huddersfield to the League One play-offs in the last two seasons – reaching the final last year – and has lost only three games this campaign. He also led them to a club record run of 43 unbeaten league games .

Axed: Lee Clark has been sacked as manager of Huddersfield

Axed: Lee Clark has been sacked as manager of Huddersfield

The Terriers sit fourth in the table, four points off an automatic promotion place after Tuesday night's defeat to Sheffield United, but Clark and his coaching team have been axed.

Town chairman Dean Hoyle said: 'This was a very difficult decision; one not taken lightly or in response to one result. Concerns have been raised over recent weeks.

'Lee and his coaching staff have put their all into the job over the past three seasons and he has made a huge contribution to the club.

'However with 16 matches to go we still have an opportunity to achieve promotion and we have made this change with this in mind.

Axed: Simon Grayson was sacked by Leeds

Axed: Simon Grayson was sacked by Leeds

'Huddersfield Town would like to place on record it's thanks to Lee and his coaching staff and wish them all the best for the future.'

Clark, 39, who quit as first-team coach at Norwich to succeed Stan Ternent at the Galpharm Stadium.

It is understood that Clark is considering launching an unfair dismissal case via the League Managers' Association.

Academy manager Mark Lillis will take temporary charge until the club appoint a new boss.