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Giants end home losing streak by beating Hull

Jake Bibby scores for Huddersfield
Jake Bibby jinked his way to Huddersfield's opening score after just nine minutes [Getty Images]

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Huddersfield (14) 24

Tries: Bibby 2, Ikahihifo, Halsall Goals: Russell 4

Hull FC (6) 18

Tries: Ese’ese, Moy, Scott Goals: Reynolds 3

Huddersfield held on to pick up their first home win of the Super League season and heap more woe on lowly Hull FC.

Jake Bibby scored tries in either half for Giants while Seb Ikahihifo and Sam Halsall also crossed as the hosts ended a five-match losing streak in front of their own fans.

Hull FC battled gamely and a Herman Ese’ese try kept them in the game at half-time and late tries from Logan Moy - his first for the club - and Cam Scott set up a grandstand finish.

However Giants held firm as Hull slipped to a 10th straight Super League defeat and 11th in all competitions.

Huddersfield are now two points behind sixth-placed Salford, while Hull are only above bottom side London Broncos on points difference.

Some quick hands from Kevin Naiqama led to Bibby darting between three tacklers and touching down on nine minutes with the recalled Ollie Turner adding the extras.

Moy produced a vital intervention to deny Adam Clune a try after chasing a kick forward on 23 minutes but the Giants did extend their lead three minutes later when Leroy Cudjoe fed Ikahihifo to crash through a gap and stretch for a try on his 200th career appearance, with Russell again adding the goal.

Hull reduced the arrears on 34 minutes when Ese’ese - playing after his six match ban was overturned this week – collected a pass from Ben Reynolds and powered over from close range, with Reynolds slotting the extras to make it 12-6.

Russell added a long-range penalty seconds before the break after a trip on Tui Lolohea to make it an eight-point game at the interval.

Hull started the second half on top and Bibby needed to produce a try-saving tackle while Moy saw a score chalked-off after an obstruction in the build-up.

Giants made the most of the let-off as Bibby walked in his second on 55 minutes after good work from Naiqama, though Russell missed his first kick to leave it at 18-6.

The game was all-but up for the visitors on 64 minutes as Halsall went over in the corner, though Russell again missed his kick, but he was successful with a penalty four minutes later after Tiaki Chan’s late hit on Clune.

Hull kept on going and Moy gathered a Ligi Sao offload to reduce the deficit with his first senior try for the club on 73 minutes.

Reynolds added the goal and then notched another three minutes later after Moy picked up a loose ball and sent Scott through to score in the corner.

The score set up a grandstand finale but the visitors were unable to fashion another chance.

Huddersfield: Lolohea, Bibby, Marsters, Naiqama, Halsall, Russell, Clune, Hill, Deakin, Yates, Rushton, Hewitt, Cudjoe.

Interchanges: Golding, Wilson, Ikahihifo, Connor, Greenwood.

Hull FC: Moy; Briscoe, Scott, Sutcliffe, Barron; Trueman, Reynolds; Ese’ese, Houghton, Aydin, Lane, Chan, Sao.

Interchanges: Fash, Ashworth, Smith, Litten, Martin.

Referee: Ben Thaler.