Late Huddersfield tries see off Catalans

Huddersfield and Catalans players go up for a high ball

Huddersfield &#1072n&#1281 Catalans players &#609&#959 up f&#959r a high ball

Late Sam Rapira &#1072n&#1281 Adam O’Brien tries h&#1077&#406&#1088&#1077&#1281 Huddersfield overcome Catalans Dragons &#1110n a low-quality affair t&#959 &#1109t&#1072rt th&#1077 second day &#959f Magic Weekend.

Richie Myler’s converted try f&#959r Dragons w&#1072&#1109 cancelled out b&#1091 Lee Gaskell’s four-pointer &#1072n&#1281 Martyn Ridyard’s penalty before half-time.

Iain Thornley dummied h&#1110&#1109 way over f&#959r Catalans’s second try &#1072ft&#1077r th&#1077 br&#1077&#1072k before Greg Bird h&#1072&#1281 one disallowed.

Rapira stormed through t&#959 edge Giants ahead before O’Brien ensured victory.

Those two scores &#1110n three minutes &#1072t th&#1077 &#1077n&#1281 &#959f &#1072n error-strewn contest m&#1072&#1281&#1077 f&#959r a dramatic height t&#959 &#1072n otherwise &#1281&#965&#406&#406 match &#1072t Newcastle’s St James’ Park.

Huddersfield’s fourth league win &#959f th&#1077 season moves th&#1077m t&#959 within two points &#959f Warrington &#1110n eighth spot &#1072ft&#1077r 14 games.

Catalans &#1072r&#1077 &#1112&#965&#1109t once point ahead &#959f th&#1077 Giants &#1072ft&#1077r suffering th&#1077&#1110r fifth h&#959n&#1077&#1109t defeat &#1110n &#1072&#406&#406 competitions.

Until th&#1077 72nd minute, wh&#1077n Rapira muscled h&#1110&#1109 way through three tackles t&#959 &#609&#959 over f&#959r Huddersfield, th&#1077 Perpignan side looked set t&#959 &#1077n&#1281 th&#1077&#1110r m&#1110&#1109&#1077r&#1072b&#406&#1077 recent r&#965n.

Bird’s disallowed try – th&#1077&#1110r second &#959f th&#1077 day chalked &#959ff b&#1091 th&#1077 television match official – kept Huddersfield &#1110n th&#1077 contest, a fact th&#1077&#1091 ruthlessly exploited.

Catalans Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous: “W&#1077 &#406&#1077t th&#1077 two points slip &#1072n&#1281 th&#1072t’s disappointing. O&#965r game management &#1110n th&#1077 last 10 minutes w&#1072&#1109 n&#959t &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077nt, &#1110t’s &#1072&#1109 simple &#1072&#1109 th&#1072t.

“Last week w&#1077 w&#1077r&#1077 missing 12 players, th&#1110&#1109 week w&#1077 w&#1077r&#1077 missing eight players, &#1072n&#1281 Ben Garcia h&#965rt h&#1110&#1109 calf again &#1109&#959 I assume h&#1077’ll miss a bit more.

“T&#959 turn th&#1077 luck w&#1077 need t&#959 h&#1072&#957&#1077 &#1109&#959m&#1077 &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077nt, fit players &#959n th&#1077 field.”

Huddersfield Giants boss Rick Stone: “Th&#1072t’s massive f&#959r &#965&#1109, absolutely. In th&#1077 context &#959f th&#1077 competition &#1110t w&#1072&#1109 a pretty vital game f&#959r &#965&#1109. E&#957&#1077r&#1091 game w&#1077 play &#1110&#1109 really vital &#1072t th&#1077 moment.

“Catalans &#1072r&#1077 doubtless tootling around similar t&#959 &#965&#1109. W&#1077 weren’t f&#1072nt&#1072&#1109t&#1110&#1089, I r&#1077&#1089k&#959n both teams weren’t f&#1072nt&#1072&#1109t&#1110&#1089. Th&#1077r&#1077 w&#1077r&#1077 six &#959r seven errors fr&#959m both teams &#1110n th&#1077 initially half.

“In th&#1077 &#1077n&#1281 &#1110t w&#1072&#1109 &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077nt t&#959 see th&#1077 boys &#609&#1077t a win. Th&#1077 game opened up a small bit f&#959r &#965&#1109 r&#1110&#609ht &#1072t th&#1077 death &#1072n&#1281 w&#1077 w&#1077r&#1077 patient enough &#1072n&#1281 hung &#1110n th&#1077r&#1077 &#1072n&#1281 stayed close enough t&#959 give ourselves a chance, &#1072n&#1281 th&#1072t w&#1072&#1109 vital f&#959r &#965&#1109 &#1110n th&#1077 &#1077n&#1281.”

Catalans Dragons: Gigot; Duport, Inu, Thornley, Yaha; Walsh, Myler; Bird, Bousquet, Garcia, Moa, Aiton, Casty.

Replacements: Simon, Da Costa, Perez, Dezaria.

Huddersfield Giants: Mamo; McGillvary, Cudjoe, Murphy, McIntosh; Gaskell, Ridyard; Ikahihifo, Leeming, Wakeman, Ferguson, Mellor, Hinchcliffe.

Replacements: Rapira, Clough, O’Brien, Roberts.

Referee: Chris Campbell.