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Super League: Huddersfield Giants boss Paul Anderson thrilled with 'ugly' win
Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson was delighted with his side's "ugly" win over Hull KR that lifted them up to fourth place in the First Utility Super League.
It was 16-16 at the break after a see-saw first half and the game was still on a knife-edge until substitute forward Larne Patrick crucially went over for two tries in 13 minutes to put the Giants on their way to a ninth win in 10 matches but their first at Craven Park since 2011.
"We've come to Hull and won so obviously I'm very happy," Anderson said. "We were dumb at times but we ground a win out, which we weren't doing earlier in the year.
"We're winning ugly but we've got to make sure we have composure and complete our sets. We kept giving penalties and possession away.
"I've just said to them 'imagine how good you can be if you keep hold of the ball'."
Rovers scored two tries in the last three minutes to snatch a 24-24 draw at Huddersfield in February and Anderson admitted he feared a repeat when Craig Sandercock's men launched a furious late onslaught after trailing 26-16.
Winger David Hodgson, one of five former Huddersfield players in the home ranks who had opened the scoring in the second minute, scored his second just before the end but time ran out on their latest fightback.
Huddersfield were handed an injury scare when England second rower Brett Ferres went off before half-time with a knee problem and he will undergo scans on Friday to determine the extent of the injury.
Hull KR missed the chance to go back into the top eight but it was not for any lack of effort and Sandercock was pleased with their display.
"It was a pretty close game," he said. "Huddersfield have some class players. I think it was a good effort.
"It would have been a bit far-fetched to expect another draw at the end but I'm happy they kept competing to the end.
"If we can continue to compete like we did tonight and not make as many errors, we will be a lot better off."
Sandercock said he was "dumbfounded" by another series of video referee decisions over the obstruction rule which is currently the bane of televised Super League matches.
"There are smarter men than me running the game," he said.
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||27||23|
|10||Salford Red Devils||27||23|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||27||10|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th February|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|Friday 6th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Catalans Dragons|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th February|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Leeds|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|20:00||Salford vs St Helens|
|Friday 13th February|
|20:00||Hull vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Widnes|
|20:00||Wigan vs Huddersfield|
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