Wakefield Trinity 36-10 Huddersfield Giants: Tyler Randell stars with hat-trick
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 29/06/19 12:16am
Tyler Randell scored a hat-trick as Wakefield Trinity beat Huddersfield Giants 36-10 on Friday to record their third Super League win against the Giants this season.
Hooker Randell touched down twice in the first half and raced clear for a third late on as Chris Chester's men ended a six-match losing streak in all competitions.
The result leaves Huddersfield, who failed to register a single point during the second half, just two points off the foot of the table as the battle to avoid relegation grows increasingly congested.
Simon Woolford's side scored tries through Alex Mellor and Louis Senior, but they lost second-rower Dale Ferguson to injury at the start of the second half and from there Wakefield took control.
The visitors made the breakthrough in the eighth minute when Jordan Turner's short grubber kick was pounced on Mellor as he grounded the ball under the posts.
Lee Gaskell added the conversion to make it 6-0, but Wakefield fashioned an impressive response and drew level three minutes later.
Randell made a fine break from acting half-back and scampered through the Huddersfield defence and over the line for a try which Danny Brough converted to level the match at 6-6.
Ex-Giants playmaker Brough then added two penalties before Huddersfield conjured a second try thanks to a superb assist from Gaskell.
The former St Helens and Bradford stand-off threw a delightful long pass out to Senior and the rookie winger touched down in the right corner.
Gaskell could not convert from a difficult angle and, as the interval approached, Huddersfield had second-rower Aaron Murphy sin-binned for delaying a quick 20-metre restart.
Moments later, Wakefield centre Mason Caton-Brown broke down the left flank in pursuit of the ball but Huddersfield try-scorer Senior tracked him superbly and forced the home player to knock on.
On the stroke of half-time, Randell scored his second try and Wakefield's third when he collected possession around 20 metres out and raced past Ferguson before touching down.
Brough's conversion made it 16-10 at the interval and shortly after the restart Ferguson was hurt in a tackle and helped off the field.
Half-back Brough added a drop-goal to stretch Wakefield's lead before his neat short pass sent Jordan Crowther over the line for another home score in the 48th minute.
The hosts began to make their dominance pay and finished Huddersfield off with a strong final quarter which brought two more tries.
In the 71st minute, half-back Jacob Miller picked up a loose ball and raced over from 30 metres and Randell then did likewise to complete his treble two minutes later.
Miller added a late drop-goal to confirm an ultimately comfortably victory for the home side which moved them four points ahead of the Giants.