Huddersfield Giants were trumpeting another revenge victory as they stunned Salford Red Devils with a 19-0 win at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Backed by a vociferous following belting Depeche Mode’s ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ in some style, the Giants showed no signs of giving way away from home as they backed up their win against Hull FC at the KC stadium with an equally accomplished showing in Greater Manchester.
Again a strong defensive display was coupled with an ability to make the most of the opportunities presented, and while the Giants did not exactly blow their rivals out the water, they were certainly never in trouble.
Huddersfield head coach Paul Anderson was looking for his side to make amends for an 18-12 reversal at the John Smith’s Stadium over Easter and pretty much kept the status quo with his 17 as Luke Robinson was again ruled out with a back injury.
For Salford there was a bonus with the return of Weller Hauraki in the back row as he returned from suspension.
The Giants had the first close call as Danny Brough pumped a last-tackle kick to the corner, but while Jake Connor got the jump on his marker he could not hold on to the ball and it eluded Aaron Murphy outside him.
However, the Giants were soon back on the offensive and a mistake in the Salford defence saw the ball run free and Leroy Cudjoe pounced to put the visitors ahead after seven minutes.
The Giants kept up the pressure and looked set to get over the line again as Kyle Wood took the ball to five yards from the Salford line only to lose possession as he sought the scoring pass.
The next visit saw second row Jack Hughes make the telling yards in a build-up that was tidily finished from close range by hooker Jamie Ellis, skipper Brough adding the goal to put the Giants in a comfortable position without having been truly tested by the home side.
The frayed nerves of the home side were on show again as Scott Grix had a try ruled out for a forward pass.
The situation seemed simple enough but the reactions of Salford’s Hauraki, just back after a ban, led to himself and Grix being sin-binned after a scuffle that attracted the interest of all the other players on the pitch and a few Red Devils fans eager to launch some missiles from the home end.
With two minutes of the first half left the Giants were gifted a penalty when they appeared to have lost control of the ball and Brough happily added the goal to give the visitors a 12-0 half-time advantage.
Salford came out the traps fired up for the second half but for ten minutes the red tide washed up against a Giants defensive wall that refused to buckle.
Having been under the cosh the Giants made the most of their first break-out in the second period by bagging a Brough goal from their excursion into Red Devils territory.
On 62 minutes the Giants looked to have put the contest beyond doubt as another incisive attack was smartly finished by Kyle Wood and Brough added the goal.
Seven minutes from time Salford’s Adam Walne set up an attack, but the ball was lost going over the line and home hopes of some kind of reward for their night’s worked vanished.
And with a flourish of ‘On Ilkley Moor Baht’at’ from the away end in the dying minutes, the Giants left their hosts thoroughly brassed off.
This was another very solid away victory to please the coach.
Meanwhile, Wigan Warriors scored a 28-0 victory over Castleford Tigers.<p/>
As many members as possible are asked to attend the Senior Giants meeting at PPG Canalside on Wednesday (2.15) when there is much business to sort out following the sad passing of Nancy Beaumont.