Anderson proud as Giants dig deep

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Published: Monday 22nd June 2015 by The News Editor

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Huddersfield boss Paul Anderson saluted his side’s effort in winning 30-22 at Widnes after England forward Brett Ferres was sent off.

Ferres was shown a red card by referee Richard Silverwood after only 12 minutes for punching Rhys Hanbury but the Giants still managed to sweep to an impressive win.

Anderson, whose side trailed 18-16 until the 54th minute, then ran in three tries from Jack Hughes, Luke Robinson and Jodie Broughton to boost their top four hopes.

Anderson said: “It was a bit of lunacy from Brett and he will cop his medicine.

“He apologised to his team mates and fortunately for Brett they dug deep.

“The referee had no choice but Brett has a squad round him who work hard for each other when adversity strikes.

“Our completion rate was only 50 per cent in the first half but that went up to 80 per cent in the second half.

“Sixteen players out there were outstanding and it’s a real credit to the boys.

“I feel sorry for young Jacob Fairbank who had to come off when Brett was sent off because we needed Michael Lawrence out there.

“I’m a bit narked with everyone saying Widnes needed to win for a top eight place because we needed a win just as much to get back in the top four.

“The Rugby League say every minute matters this season and it’s going to for us.”

Widnes led with a Patrick Ah Van try before Ferres was sent off for the punch on Hanbury, who had to quit early in the second half with blurred vision.

Widnes boss Denis Betts said: “Rhys was still dizzy from the punch and he didn’t miss.

“It was a pretty good punch and it’s something we don’t want in the game.

“He deserved to be sent off but we missed an opportunity, not for the first time this season.

“We don’t seem to be finding any momentum at the moment and are failing to capitalise and get any motion.

“But I thought we we were still in the game until Jodie Broughton’s long range effort and thought we could win because of the one-man advantage.”

Widnes also lost Lloyd White with a suspected torn pectoral muscle and he will miss Sunday’s Challenge Cup quarter-final at St Helens.

Kevin Brown notched two tries for Widnes with Jack Owens also going over.

Huddersfield’s other touchdowns came from Ukuma Ta’ai and Craig Kopczak.

Published: Monday 22nd June 2015 by The News Editor

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