Giants and Wolves coast to wins

Huddersfield Giants reached the fifth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup with a 42-16 win over Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop.

The Giants were the better team throughout, holding a convincing 24-6 lead at the half-time interval.

Luke Robinson and David Hodgson each scored a brace of tries, while Brett Hodgson added a last-minute try to his five goals.

The Giants had the better of the opening exchanges, Keith Mason crossing after five minutes to open the scoring, Brett Hodgson adding the conversion.

Quins hit back when Luke Dorn passed to Tony Clubb, who stepped full-back Hodgson to get over the line, Danny Orr adding the extras.

Huddersfield, though, hit back: first Luke Robinson skipped his way over the line, before turning provider for David Hodgson, whose namesake Brett converted both tries.

Eorl Crabtree saw a try disallowed for a forward pass just a minute before half time, but instead it was Stephen Wild who crossed for the Giants, Hodgson’s goal making the score 24-6.

David Hodgson extended the Giants’ advantage with another try just seconds after the restart, and, after a period of Huddersfield pressure, Robinson slid over for his second, making the score 32-6.

The Quins staged a brief revival after the 60-minute mark, Karl Temata touching down before Rob Purdham broke the line to send David Howell over, Orr converting the former to make the score 32-16.

The Giants finished the stronger however, Paul Whatuira grabbing a try before Brett Hodgson rounded the game off with a try and a goal.

Meanwhile, Warrington Wolves made their way to the fifth round courtesy of a 56-10 win against Co-operative Championship division one York City Knights.

The Knights had led 6-4 in the early stages thanks to a try from Danny Ratcliffe, Richard Knight converting, and kept touch with a second score from Paul Hughes.

The Wolves, however, led 28-10 at the half-time interval, running in a total of ten tries, including a brace from Vinnie Anderson, to record a comfortable victory.

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