MAGNIFICENT Huddersfield Giants regained their top early-season form to destroy Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in a dazzling 10-try display.
Coach Nathan Brown’s men proved seven days can be such a long time in rugby league by instantly erasing the bitter memory of the shock home defeat to Salford the week before.
And there were more than enough signs to suggest the Giants’ mini slump is now at an end as all 17 on show produced quality performances that the Wildcats found impossible to match.
Even without inspirational skipper Brett Hodgson for a second week, the Giants were in a totally different class, with replacement Leroy Cudjoe stepping up superbly to lead the way.
But all across the park, the visitors were dominant.
The pack won every battle up front and successfully laid the foundation for the backs to run riot, led by winger David Hodgson, who grabbed his second hat trick of the season.
In contrast, without the influential Danny Brough, who was suspended along with Danny Sculthorpe for a breach of club discipline, Wakefield lacked direction in attack and were woeful in defence as Huddersfield cut loose to run in seven second-half tries.
There was a sign of what was to come when the visitors went ahead with a second-minute try from second-rower Danny Kirmond after Hodgson had palmed back Luke Robinson’s high kick to the corner.
They could have been further ahead with Hodgson failing to make the most of a clean break and stand-off Kevin Brown tiring on the hottest day of the year after an 80m run which allowed Jamie Rooney to haul him down just short of the line.
A run of five successive penalties enabled Wakefield to build pressure and it paid off after 23 minutes when full-back Matt Blaymire took an inside pass from stand-off Tony Martin to touch down, with Martin adding the goal.
But the Wildcats’ lead lasted only five minutes as Huddersfield hit their first purple patch just before the break.
Loan signing Lee Mossop, who made an excellent debut, was held up over the line before full-back Leroy Cudjoe’s long cut-out pass found an unmarked Hodgson on the wing.
Then Hodgson was released again, courtesy of a neat inside pass by centre Paul Whatuira, and Cudjoe was in support to grab his first try of the season.
Cudjoe’s first successful conversion made it 14-6 and Huddersfield thought they had scored again through Andy Raleigh but the try was disallowed for a forward pass in the build-up.
Any hope of a Wakefield comeback was snuffed out within 11 minutes of the restart with Huddersfield making the game safe with four tries in the third quarter.
Robinson got his half-back partner Brown through a gap to touch down, hooker Scott Moore intercepted a Jason Demetriou pass for a soft score and Whatuira and Hodgson both finished off a clean breaks by Robinson.
Centre Jamahl Lolesi then forced his way over from close range before Hodgson intercepted Martin’s pass to race 40m and complete his treble after 73 minutes.
Cudjoe sent Moore away for his second try and kicked his seventh conversion to complete the rout.