CHARITABLE Huddersfield Giants gifted Hull FC victory after producing by far their worst performance under new coach Nathan Brown.
After putting in such a monumental effort to win at Bradford Bulls last Friday, the men from the Galpharm were a pale imitation in front of the Sky TV cameras.
The home side produced error after error to make it so easy for their visitors and give former Giants skipper Chris Thorman and head coach Jon Sharp – now football manager at the KC Stadium – the most comfortable of returns.
Quite simply, the completely out-of-sorts Giants got exactly what they deserved from the contest – absolutely nothing!
And it will have given Brown plenty of food for thought ahead of next Saturday’s trip to Castleford.
The Australian’s main objective was to try and make the Giants more consistent, and in that respect he still has a tremendous amount of hard work ahead of him.
His side couldn’t have got off to a better start, hitting the front after just two minutes.
On the sixth tackle, Luke Robinson launched a high bomb, Craig Hall fumbled and Brett Hodgson pounced to score, but he was unable to convert.
Unfortunately, however, the home side failed to capitalise on the perfect start, instead choosing to self-destruct as they made the first of numerous mistakes to set the tone for the whole of the contest.
Within eight minutes Hull were ahead after David Hodgson’s woeful pass inside his own 20 failed to be collected by wing partner Martin Aspinwall and from the scrum the position was created for Tom Briscoe to score in the corner.
The ever-reliable Danny Tickle added the conversion and had no trouble landing a second three minutes later after Richard Horne stepped almost effortlessly through some wafer-thin cover.
Despite Huddersfield continuing to show an almost complete lack of respect to their possession, they did narrow the gap 11 minutes before the break.
Back-to-back penalties forced Hull onto the back foot and Scott Moore skilfully worked the play to feed Joe Walsh to plunge over for a debut try, converted by Hodgson.
But such was the slip shod way in which the Giants were performing that it was no surprise when Hull hit back almost immediately to lead 18-10 at the break.
A high Richard Horne ‘bomb’ on the sixth tackle failed to be diffused and Jamie Thackray was on hand to pounce and storm over in the corner for Tickle to once again add the extras.
It looked as if there would be little change at the start of the second half as early fumbles again hit the Giants hard.
But after five minutes the hosts were right back in contention courtesy of a super move.
Moore’s pass to the blindside 10m from the Hull line was immediately patted back inside by Brett Hodgson for Kevin Brown to collect and plunge over.
Hodgson again failed to add the extras, and again that Giants score failed to change the complexion of the contest.
Yet another Huddersfield error in their own 20 gave Hull a scrum from where former Giants captain Chris Thorman kicked ahead for Kirk Yeaman to touch down.
Tickle this time failed to convert, but added a penalty on the hour mark after Danny Kirmond was harshly adjudged to have produced a grapple tackle.
The Giants did have the last word as Brown showed his strength to release David Hodgson to scorch over and for Brett Hodgson to convert.
But even though both sides finished with four tries apiece, with the extra goals from Tickle making all the difference, it couldn’t disguise the fact the Giants were poor.