COACH Kieron Purtill hailed David Faiumu after the Kiwi debutant played a vital role in Huddersfield’s first-ever win at the KC Stadium.
The former North Queensland hooker stepped onto the field on 27 minutes, when his side were trailing 14-0, as a replacement for Ryan Hudson.
And within seconds had kick-started a Giants revival by setting up their opening score – a try for centre Paul Whatuira.
Purtill said: “He made a great impact, his first two touches ending in a try!
“He is a great addition to our squad and his play brings so many players into the equation.
“With some of our forwards looking for England selection I am sure they will enjoy working with him.”
Huddersfield are ninth, three points behind Bradford, who occupy the sixth and final play-off berth.
Harlequins stayed in the hunt by romping home 40-16 at Hull KR.
But Wakefield missed out on the chance to a two-point boost when they slumped 48-22 at home to derby rivals Castleford.
The Wildcats struggled despite Sean Gleeson and Sam Obst tries putting them ahead early on.
Ex-Giant Stuart Donlan and rising star Joe Westerman both went over twice for Cas.
“It’s pointless blaming other people. It’s now time for responsibility from everyone from myself down to the water carrier,” said Wakefield coach John Kear.
Harlequins started strongly at Hull KR, taking control with early tries from Chad Randall, Will Sharp and David Howell.
Henry Paul added to the tally after the break, with Gareth Haggerty and Scott Hill also going over.