BRETT HODGSON landed a superb touchline penalty with the last kick of the game to earn the Giants a remarkable draw in a pulsating clash against Hull KR.
Despite all the pressure in the world, the Huddersfield captain was calmness personified as he stroked the ball right the centre of the posts with the minimum of fuss to send the home fans wild.
It was another amazing finish to a Giants home match as they almost pulled off the ‘great escape’ for the second successive week.
In their last contest they came back from 18-0 behind to beat Hull, and this time around they fought back from a 12-point deficit to come desperately close to doing it again.
But this fixture was even more exciting given the nature of the finale, with Hodgson showing exactly why he is the current Super League Man of Steel.
The Giants made one change to the side that came from behind to beat Hull FC 32-18 at the Galpharm five days before, with Shaun Lunt failing a late fitness on a slight injury niggle.
That meant a first start of the season for Simon Finnigan following major neck and shoulder surgery at the end of last year.
He had looked rock-solid in two run-outs for the 20s to earn praise off head coach Nathan Brown in the process, and he looked strong back in the Super League fold, particularly with his early defensive stint.
And his efforts helped the Giants make a positive start to the contest.
In the opening 12 minutes, the home side created several half-chances, with David Hodgson only denied a try when the video referee adjudged Michael Lawrence had spilt Luke Robinson’s ‘bomb’ on the sixth tackle.
But that proved to be Rovers’ wake-up call and in the 15th minute they took the lead with their first attack of the game as Scott Murrell dabbed the ball ahead from close range and followed up to touch down.
Michael Dobson added the conversion and repeated the act eight minutes later with his side’s second try.
This time it was Clint Newton who was celebrating, charging on to a ball close to the line on the last tackle to double his side’s advantage.
But following the intervention of substitutes Brad Drew and David Faiumu, the tide began to turn, just as it did against Hull.
With the experienced duo providing much-needed spark, the Giants began to fight back, with both men at the heart of the move that brought the hosts their first score.
They both worked their magic to create the opportunity for Kevin Brown to take on the line and kick to the corner for Lawrence to win the chase and score his first try.
Brett Hodgson landed the touchline conversion and the Giants were right back in it at 12-6 at the break.
And within nine minutes of the restart the sides were level, thanks to another wonderfully-worked try.
Drew was again the architect, working through heavy traffic before feeding Brown to show great pace to scorch over from 30m.
Hodgson added conversion No2 and then nudged his side ahead for the first time four minutes later with a penalty.
Rovers, however, came back strongly, forcing the Giants to drop-out from under their own posts in the 59th and 65th minutes.
That pressure eventually took its toll when the Giants were penalised for interference and Dobson stepped up to level the scores with a simple goal with 11 minutes remaining.
And four minutes later the Robins regained the lead when the Giants were penalised for offside on the fifth tackle close to the line and the reliable Dobson again did the rest.
Last-ditch Hull KR defence looked to have kept the Giants out in the closing stages.
But with just under a minute left on the clock and Huddersfield camped deep in their own half, Brown chipped ahead.
Jamahl Lolesi collected and raced clear before kicking on for Brown to follow up, only for the video referee to rule he’d knocked on in the act of trying to score.
But, remarkably, the Giants gained possession from the scrum and Danny Brough kicked to the corner.
David Hodgson gathered, but was taken in the air by Peter Fox as the winger attempted to score.
Brett Hodgson was left with the task of trying to level the scores with the last kick of the game with the touchline penalty and, with nerves of steel, he made no mistake to end a fantastic contest.Related content