IN-FORM Huddersfield Giants turned on the Super League style to destroy Wakefield with a spectacular second-half show.
In their most comprehensive performance of the season, the red-hot Giants stormed over for 28 unanswered points in the final 33 minutes to leave their hosts battered, breathless and badly beaten!
The Wildcats were simply powerless to prevent the visitors from taking total control, with forwards and backs alike combining to create opening after opening.
And on another day, the margin of the Giants' victory could have been even greater.
The first-half scoreline of 14-14 suggests there was little to separate the two sides.
But it fails to tell the whole story.
In the opening 40 minutes, Paul Smith, James Evans, Paul March, Chris Nero and Stanley Gene all tore holes through the heart of Wakefield's defence to set up potential tryscoring chances.
And four minutes before the break, only brave defence thwarted the rampaging Jon Grayshon, who was somehow held up over the line.
In contrast, the Wildcats were forced to rely on scraps of possession and, apart from their two tries from kicks on the last tackle, they hardly ever threatened the Giants' defence.
Was it any wonder, therefore, that in the second half Huddersfield were so dominant?
Yet again, the curse of a poor Giants' start struck as Colum Halpenny collected Ben Jeffreys' high kick to the corner to score a try, converted by Jamie Rooney, after just four minutes.
But as the half progressed, it soon became clear the visitors meant business.
By the 17th minute they had drawn level as the impressive James Evans burst clear and fed Hefin O'Hare, who showed yards more pace than last season to beat the cover and score.
Chris Thorman added the first of his nine successful goals and the visitors were on their way.
Within two minutes, the stand-off had also helped himself to a try, capitalising on an initial bust from Eorl Crabtree and break from fit-again skipper Ben Roarty.
Unfortunately, the Giants then committed the cardinal sin of allowing the restart to bounce into touch, and from the resulting set of six Semi Tadulala had gathered Rooney's high kick and touched down to level the scores.
Rooney then added a penalty against the run of play in the 33rd minute before Thorman ensured the sides went into the break level with a success of his own five minutes later.
Mark Field's try within two minutes of the restart suggested the Giants were going to continue to be involved in an arm wrestle.
But it wasn't long before all that changed.
And the signal for the Giants to run riot was the try of the game in the 47th minute.
Gaining possession from a scrum on the halfway line, the visitors began to push themselves upfield, with Smith, Evans and March providing the final touches for Grayshon to step through the last line of defence to score an amazing try.
From then on, it was one-way traffic.
Thorman nudged his side back in front with a 55th-minute penalty, and then two quick tries in the 60th and 62nd minutes signalled the beginning of the end to Wakefield's resistance.
The explosive Gene set the Giants on their way, bursting clear on his own 40m line and then releasing Paul White to show his amazing pace to race in at the corner.
Then almost immediately from the kick-off, Crabtree showed incredible strength to break out of a four-man tackle, charge clear and feed Roarty to run to the line and plunge over for his first try of the season.
Further breaks from Gene and White almost brought more scores before Thorman banged over a 70th minute penalty to extend the Giants advantage to 36-20.
But there was still time for one further try, which came off the back of one of several late lightning bursts from the highly explosive Brad Drew, who continues to be more effective with every game he plays.
His centrefield break caught the Wildcats napping and create the position for former Wakefield prop Paul Jackson to drive the ball to the line.
uick as a flash, Gene was in at acting half-back to dive over by the posts as the Wakefield defence stood and watched.
Trinity's frustration was then compounded as David Solomona was sent off for punching Chris Nero.
It was arguably, the home side's most threatening attack of the night!
* The winners of a pair of tickets for Monday's Giants v Salford game at the Galpharm Stadium (7.30) are: Nadine Costello, Fartown; J Cromtpon, Crosland Hill; Lynne Evans, Paddock.
Winners must collect their winning letter from the Examiner offices on Queen Street South on Monday up to 1pm and then transfer them for a ticket at the club's ticket office.