Super League: Huddersfield 24-12 Catalans

Jermaine McGillvary
Jermaine McGillvary has been with Huddersfield Giants since 2007
First Utility Super League - Super 8s
Huddersfield (16) 24
Tries: Hughes, Murphy, McGillvary 2 Goals: Brough 4
Catalans (6) 12
Tries: Tonga, Carney Goals: Inu 2

Huddersfield Giants secured a comfortable 24-12 win over Catalans Dragons to move up to fourth place in Super League's Super 8s.

Willie Tonga's try put the visitors ahead inside the opening 20 minutes.

But Jack Hughes, Aaron Murphy and Jermaine McGillvary all scored to give Giants a 16-6 half-time lead.

McGillvary added a second try after the break to send Huddersfield back into the play-off places, before Todd Carney scored a late Dragons consolation.

The result moves Paul Anderson's side above Castleford in the table, although Tigers remain level on points with Huddersfield but with an inferior points difference heading into the final five matches.

Catalans, meanwhile, slipped to bottom spot in the Super 8s and are now eight points adrift of the top four with only 10 still available.

The Perpignan side got off to a positive start at the John Smith's Stadium when Tonga collected a long pass from Carney to give them a surprise lead.

But Hughes, Murphy and McGillvary all crossed in the space of 10 first-half minutes and allied to two Danny Brough kicks gave the home side a commanding lead at the interval.

McGillvary, who went into the game having scored 14 tries in 23 Super League appearances already this year, crossed for a fine solo try with seven minutes to go to confirm Huddersfield's win.

Huddersfield: Grix; McGillvary, Cudjoe, Connor, Murphy; Brough, Ellis; Crabtree, Robinson, Wardle, Hughes, Ta'ai,

Replacements: Lawrence, Kopczak, Leeming, Smith.

Catalans: Escare; Inu, Gigot, Taia, Tonga; Carney Dureau; Elima, Henderson, Lima, Whitehead, Anderson, Baitieri.

Replacements: Bosc, Garcia, Bousquet, Maria.

Referee: Robert Hicks (RFL)