GIANTS coach Nathan Brown celebrated the signing of his contract extension with a win over Hull, who were once again undone by a former employee.
Having been downed by former scrum-half Tommy Lee and Wakefield earlier in the year, the in-form Black and Whites today fell foul of their 2005 Challenge Cup-winning hero Danny Brough, who helped Brown mark his new one-year deal in style as the Giants went back level with Warrington at the top of the Engage Super League table.
Three tries from winger David Hodgson helped Huddersfield to the win, but it was the craft of Brough that allowed it to happen, with the number seven laying on two tries, kicking three touchline goals and providing a constant threat throughout.
His breakaway try off a Hull error with 10 minutes to go proved to be the match winner too, with the home side desperately seeking the score that would have extended their unbeaten run to seven at the time.
Home boss Richard Agar coached Brough at both York and Hull and will have been fully aware of his talents, but he and his players could do little to stop the man who will be hoping for an England call-up when Steve McNamara names his squad later this week.
Hull started like a side in good form and would have been ahead in the third minute had Mark O'Meley not lost possession while crossing the line.
But while they could have been in front at one end, they were quickly behind at the other.
Winger Will Sharp has scored eight tries in his debut season for Hull so far but has often been susceptible defensively and so it proved in the sixth minute as he was caught out by Brough's kick to the corner, allowing Hodgson to put Michael Lawrence over.
Brough failed with the touchline conversion but Hull's worries did increase not long after when full-back Cameron Phelps left the field injured.
They regrouped, though, and took the lead on 15 minutes with a try that owed as much to Scott Grix's error as it did to Ewan Dowes unexpected brilliance.
The prop had not scored for three years prior to this game, but betrayed that with a neat step-and-go past Kirmond to score, seconds after Grix had shelled a Richard Horne bomb.
Danny Tickle slotted the simplest of conversions to put Hull ahead.
They could not build on it however, with a couple of scrappy errors holding them back, and they were made to pay as Huddersfield scored their second try after 26 minutes.
Hull contested Thierry Alibert's decision to wipe down the tackle count after Hodgson's kick hit Sharp but soon after Hodgson crossed in the corner off a Kevin Brown pass that the home fans felt was forward.
This time Brough found his range from the touchline, but Tickle reduced the half-time deficit to two points with a penalty on the hooter.
Huddersfield started the second half in the same manner as the first - with a try as Brough took advantage of Sharp drifting in field to lay on a long ball for Hodgson to score a second, before kicking a second touchline goal.
The game stopped for five minutes after Grix was floored and forced off on a stretcher by strong but clean-looking Kirk Yeaman hit, with the latter then penalised for a hit on Leroy Cudjoe, allowing Brought to tag on two more points, before O'Meley banged his way over from two yards, bringing Hull back to within four points after Tickle's conversion.
Huddersfield quickly went about cancelling that out, with Hodgson bringing up his treble when he took advantage of more poor positioning from Sharp to snake in at the corner, with Brough failing to improve the score.
The pace was furious now and Hull raced down the other end and came back once more, with Willie Manu dragging visiting defenders over the line with him, giving Tickle another easy two-pointer.
But Brough finally killed off their challenge when he swooped on Jordan Turner's error to race clear, before Lee Gilmour added a flattering look to the scoreline with a late try.
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