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Sunday, 26 May, 2002, 16:54 GMT 17:54 UK
Giants cruise to Buddies triumph
Huddersfield Giants' Darren Turner
Darren Turner scored Huddersfield's first try
Huddersfield 32-6 Hull KR

Huddersfield lifted their first trophy for five years with a runaway win in the inaugural Buddies National League Cup final at Featherstone.

However, some of the shine was taken off their triumph when the Giants' former Hull KR stand-off Stanley Gene was sent off four minutes from time.


It's just nice to know the boys can handle the final pressure
Huddersfield coach Tony Smith

The result, however, was not in doubt by the time Gene was shown the red card for tripping winger Alisdair McClarran.

The Northern Ford Premiership leaders are poised to make a quick return to Super League and had too much pace and strength for Hull KR, who were 20-0 down before their solitary try.

After lively hooker Darren Turner went over for the first of their five tries after nine minutes, the Giants were well on their way to claiming a 13th successive victory.

Huddersfield Giants' Stanley Gene
Stanley Gene was sent off near the end
Half-backs Gene and Chris Thorman fed off superb work by experienced forwards Steve McNamara and Rob Roberts while Rovers had no answer to the rapier-like thrusts of full-back Paul Reilly.

Solo tries from Thorman and Reilly, allied to three goals from former Hull and Bradford loose forward McNamara, put Huddersfield 18-0 up at half-time.


We exceeded our expectations by getting to the final and we're wiser for the experience
Hull KR coach Gary Wilkinson
They overcame the loss of Turner with an arm injury and, after extending their lead with a second penalty from McNamara early in the second half, threatened to over-run their part-time opponents.

But Hull KR rallied and full-back Bob Everett pulled a try back after 54 minutes, to which skipper Chris Charles added the goal.

Huddersfield finished well on top, however, and late tries from man of the match Roberts and former Hull KR centre Graeme Hallas confirmed their superiority.

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