Sunday Social: Huddersfield impress at home, Newman scores on return to Headingley & Rapana saves the Raiders

Owen Lockwood

Andre Savelio (11) of Hull FC is tackled by Oliver Wilson (20) of Huddersfield Giants and Nathan Peats (35)of Huddersfield Giants

It’s time for Love Rugby League’s Sunday Social, your alternative recap of the serious and not so serious talking points from the past seven days. 

This week saw maximum capacity crowds return to stadiums since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with restrictions finally being lifted. Huddersfield Giants put on an impressive display in front of their home fans beating Hull FC 40 – 26 at the John Smith’s Stadium. Jermaine McGillvary stole the show scoring four tries to secure his side the victory and end the Giant’s six-game losing streak.


Further first-half tries from Nathan Peats and Luke Yates put the Giants ahead before youngster Will Pryce came up with an individual piece of brilliance to score in his second successive match.

Then the man of the hour Leroy Cudjoe rounded off an excellent Huddersfield performance crossing over the whitewash to score the Giants’ eighth and final try on his 300th appearance for his hometown club.

It wasn’t just the Giants that gave their fans a warm welcome back into the ground. Leeds Rhinos were 38 – 16 victors in their encounter with the Salford Red Devils at Emerald Headingley Stadium on Friday night.

There was jubilation from the Leeds supporters as centre Harry Newman opened the scoring in his first game back at Headingley after a lengthy spell on the sidlines due to injury. There were also tries from Kruise Leeming, Callum Mclelland, King Vuniyayawa and Matt Prior who has just signed a two-year contract extension with the club.

And finally, the Canberra Raiders edged past the Parramatta Eels with a narrow 12-10 victory at the Cbus Super Stadium. Fullback Jordan Rapana made what only could be described as a nominee for tackle of the season, forcing Mika Sivo into touch in the dying moments to deny the Eels.