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Huddersfield Giants 48-6 Catalans Dragons

Huddersfield (26) 48
Tries: Faiumu, Gilmour, Brough 2, D Hodgson 2, Brown, Cudjoe, B Hodgson
Goals: B Hodgson 6

Catalans Dragons (0) 6
Tries: Pelo
Goals: Barthau

Danny Brough
Danny Brough bagged a brace of tries on his first start for Huddersfield

Huddersfield Giants ran in nine tries at the Galpharm Stadium as they demolished hapless Catalans Dragons.

Scrum-half Danny Brough led the way with a brace, matched by David Hodgson.

There were also tries for David Faimu, Lee Gilmour, Kevin Brown, Leroy Cudjoe and Brett Hodgson as the Giants notched their biggest home win in over a year.

Brett Hodgson also kicked six goals, while the only response from the Dragons, 26-0 down at half-time, was Dimitri Pelo's second-half try.

Injury-hit Catalans were without Clint Greenshields, Olivier Elima, Sebastien Raguin and Setaimata Sa, as well as suspended full-back Chris Walker.

But it was the performance of man of the match Danny Brough, in only his second game since joining from Wakefield, which did most to help the Giants bounce back from their 24-6 home defeat by St Helens last Sunday.

An outrageous dummy from Faiumu allowed the loose forward to waltz his way through a gaping hole for the first try with just five minutes gone.

Then it was Brough's dummy which fed Gilmour for the second on 11 minutes.

An excellent third arrived when debutant Frederic Vaccari showed his inexperience by running the ball into touch deep in his own half before Luke Robinson displayed great vision in dribbling the ball through for Brough to touch down.

David Hodgson got in on the act just shy of the half hour mark when he squeezed his way over in the corner with alarming ease.

And Brough then fooled the Catalans defence with a clever kick through with the outside of his left boot, Brown spotted exactly what he was doing and raced down the middle to score the last of the home side's five first-half tries.

Huddersfield were punished for their slow start to the second half when Pelo crossed for a try, laid on by Thomas Bosc and onverted by William Barthau.

But the Giants resumed normal service when Brough carried the ball from left to right and, realising that there was little else on, slid a kick in behind the Catalans defence for Cudjoe to race onto for his eighth try of the season.

Brough then came up with a great solo effort in the 60th minute, picking the ball up 10 metres out before changing direction and accelerating between two defenders to throw himself over the line.

David Hodgson then got his second, finishing well in the corner. And although Vaccari denied Brough his hat-trick when he got back to boot the ball dead, Brett Hodgson scored a great breakaway try, which he converted himself, just before the final hooter.

Huddersfield assistant coach Paul Anderson said:

"It's good to get a response. Danny Brough did well, didn't he? He's played a game and a half for us and hopefully we can see a bit more.

"His kicking game is one of his main attributes. It's what we brought him here for and we're seeing the benefits.

"But it's not just his kicking game. There's other things to him and hopefully we can bring that out of him."

Catalans coach Kevin Walters said:

"It was always going to be a tough night with all the regular players we had missing, but we were just outclassed by the better team.

"Some positives were that three of our younger guys were making their debuts tonight and another two who have played about three games between them.

"From that point of view it was a learning experience for them. I wouldn't say a good one, but they got a taste of what Super League life is like against quality teams."

Huddersfield Giants: B Hodgson, D Hodgson, Whaturia, Lolesi, Cudjoe, Brown, Brough, Mason, Robinson, Raleigh, Gilmour, Aspinwall, Faiumu.
Replacements: D. Griffin, Lunt, Horne, Crabtree.

Catalans Dragons: Pelo, Vaccari, Touxagas, Gigot, Bell, Barthau, Bosc, Fakir, McGuire, Guisset, Carlaw, Mounis, Johnson.
Replacements: K Bentley, Martins, Simon, A Bentley.

Referee: Steve Ganson (St Helens).

Attendance: 5,926.

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see also
Huddersfield 6-24 St Helens
28 Mar 10 |  My Club
Catalans Dragons 16-10 Hull KR
27 Mar 10 |  My Club
Huddersfield hit by Mason injury
06 Feb 10 |  Huddersfield

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