Sunday Social: Huddersfield impress at home, Newman scores on return to Headingley & Rapana saves the Raiders
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.
1️⃣ 2️⃣ 3️⃣ 4️⃣ 𝙅𝙚𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝙈𝙘𝙂𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙫𝙖𝙧𝙮 𝙨𝙘𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙪𝙧
🐮🔔 Last night, @J_mcGillvary scored four tries for @Giantsrl!
🤔 Which was your favourite? pic.twitter.com/WfpuTQX4MA
— Sky Sports Rugby League (@SkySportsRL) July 23, 2021
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.
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Pryce flies over in front of Dad!
Will Pryce dances through the Hull FC defence to score in front of his dad Leon for Huddersfield Giants.
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— Sky Sports Rugby League (@SkySportsRL) July 22, 2021
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.
Good morning, #CowbellArmy and a special Good Morning to Leroy Cudjoe 😍 pic.twitter.com/BMjyswg2TV
— Huddersfield Giants (@Giantsrl) July 23, 2021
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.
Will never take for granted running out infront of a packed out south stand. So good to have you all back behind us Friday night and to get the win to 👏🏻🏟🦏 pic.twitter.com/owVsWpP0cG
— Brad dwyer (@DwyerBrad) July 25, 2021
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.
Harry Newman 🔥🙌
Great to see the @leedsrhinos centre crossing for a try last night in just his second game back after a 10-month injury layoff 💪#SuperLeague pic.twitter.com/D0ZSiDEFnF
— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) July 24, 2021
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.
WHAT. A. FINISH. 🤯 The Raiders stop Sivo in the dying moments of the match! #NRLEelsRaiders
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— Fox League (@FOXNRL) July 22, 2021