KEVIN BROWN has described Friday’s 38-6 victory over Leeds Rhinos at Headingley as the ‘proudest moment’ in his short time as Giants captain.
The inspirational England stand-off, who took over the captaincy from Brett Hodgson for the start of the 2011 campaign, became the first man to lead Huddersfield to a win at Leeds for over 50 years.
Not since a Yorkshire Cup semi-final triumph a Headingley in 1960 have the men in claret and gold savoured success at the famous old stadium.
But Brown was at the very heart of Friday’s demolition job as the Giants returned to the top of the Super League XVI table.
And the 26-year-old couldn’t have felt prouder, especially as the victory was achieved in front of the club’s biggest away following against the Rhinos.
“I just feel so proud and honoured that I lead such a great group out,” said Brown.
“They work so hard for each other all the time, and that was epitomised with the performance against Leeds.
“When they threatened to find a way back, the lads just dug in for each other and, as captain, it makes you so proud to see them throwing their bodies around to keep the opposition out. I’m sure everyone could see how much we wanted to win this game.
“We were all aware of how long it’s been since a Huddersfield side won a game against Leeds at Headingley and we were all desperate to get the win, especially as we knew we might also go back on top if we did.
“It’s amazing to think it’s been so long since the club last won at Leeds, and there’s no doubt being the first captain to lead Huddersfield to victory there for over 50 years is the proudest moment of my time in the job so far.
“It’s the sort of night I’ll never forget, and I hope there will be plenty more still to come!”
Over 1,500 Giants fans were at Headingley to see their heroes make history.
And with Huddersfield attacking the end where they were gathered during the second half, Brown believed that made the occasion even more special.
“The support we’ve had this season has been amazing,.and to see so many there the other night made a huge difference,” he added.
“It was great to be attacking down their end in the second half, and we certainly enjoyed celebrating the match-winning tries in front of them.
“It was the least they deserved for their own efforts on the night.