TOM JOWETT crossed for a hat trick of tries as the Huddersfield Giants secured a comfortable 30-10 Valvoline Academy triumph over Castleford Tigers in their re-arranged Under 18s clash at Huddersfield YMCA.
Jack Miller’s boot was another star of the show, as the halfback converted all five four pointers, three of which came from the touchline.
The home side also did it the hard way after star full-back Elliot Gorman’s late withdrawal meant they could only field three subs.
The visitors looked to have opened the scoring when Jordan Anderson dummied his way through a gap and then played in Jamie Graves, but the referee chalked it off after ruling Anderson’s pass forward.
That would prove to be costly to the visitors, especially when the home side capitalised on that mistake and got a try of their own through Jowett in the far left corner, with Miller goaling from an acute angle to rub further salt into the wounds.
Free-flowing rugby league did not follow that first score, though. In fact, it was quite the opposite as both sides found themselves bogged down in midfield and consistently found it difficult to complete sets.
When Huddersfield did get into another attacking position on the back of a decent half-break from George King, the left edge proved to be fruitful once more when Joel Farrell built on the platform laid by the second-rower to scoot over from dummy half.
Miller converted the difficult kick once more to make it 12-0.