The Huddersfield Giants made it a happy Easter with two victories over the Bank Holiday period to get their Super League challenge firmly back on track.

Their Easter Monday win over Wakefield may not have been as noteworthy as Good Friday’s success at Salford, with the second game in four days at this time of the year often being a hugely scrappy affair.

But coach Paul Anderson’s men still collected the League points with an awful lot to spare as they chalked up their first home win of the campaign.

That in itself should give the Giants more self-belief for the clashes that still await, particularly as it was petty clear from this showing that Huddersfield are still far from hitting their best form.

By half-time the foundations for a comfortable win had been laid as the Giants built up a 24-10 without ever reaching their full potential against a spirited Wakefield side.

Wingers Aaron Murphy and Jodie Broughton both came close to breaking the deadlock before the home side took the lead after seven minutes.

A Danny Brough ‘bomb’ on the sixth tackle was collected by Michael Lawrence, who chipped ahead for Leroy Cudjoe to collect and feed Broughton to stroll over.

Brough made no mistake adding the first of his four first-half conversions.

But despite Wakefield’s recent woes, they hit back with a well-created Jarrod Sammut try, which he also converted, to level the scores and prove this would be no Giants cake-walk.

That was underlined a second time in the 25th minute when Lucas Walshaw added his side’s second try – albeit from a blatant offside possession – to cancel out Michael Lawrence’s close-range effort to make it 12-10.

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But in the final 12 minutes, the Wildcats committed rugby league suicide to gift their hosts two tries.

First, the visitors spilled the ball under no pressure inside their own territory and Joe Wardle gratefully picked up the pieces and released the supporting Ukuma Ta’ai to score a deserved try under the posts.

Then, just before the interval, Paul Sykes’ pass was intercepted with ease by Cudjoe on half way to stroll away and touch down.

A loose Huddersfield start to the second half gave the Wildcats some renewed hope.

But in the 50th minute the Giants added their fifth try when Jason Chan crashed onto a short Brough pass to score, again after an initial Wakefield error.

As the game became scrappier and scrappier and the handling became shakier and shakier, clear-cut chances dried up almost altogether, with Wakefield the next to strike after 67 minutes when former Giants back-rower Jon Molloy crashed over from close range and Sammut converted to make it 30-16.

It was the home side, however, who had the final say when Shaun Lunt plunged over from acting-half close to the line in typical style for Brough to make it six goals out of six.

Job done.

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