Anderson happy to take a point

Andover Advertiser: Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson was happy to take a point from a 12-12 draw with Leeds
Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson was happy to take a point from a 12-12 draw with Leeds

Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson believes his side created enough chances to win five matches but was still happy to take a point from a 12-12 draw with Leeds.

The Giants dominated the First Utility Super League match at the John Smith's Stadium and had four tries disallowed by video referee Richard Silverwood before the Rhinos snatched a draw with Kallum Watkins' 73rd-minute try.

England skipper Kevin Sinfield had a chance to win it for Leeds but he was wide with the touchline conversion attempt and also failed with two late drop-goal attempts, the second rebounding off an upright.

In a frantic finish to an epic derby, team-mate Danny McGuire was also off target with a one-point effort while Huddersfield captain Danny Brough failed with two drop-goal attempts to leave the scores tied.

It was a second successive home draw for the Giants but, a fter watching them squander handsome leads in each of their previous two matches, Anderson was delighted with their vastly-improved performance.

"If you can't win you want to draw, don't you?" Anderson said. "The result pales into insignificance compared to the steps we made from the previous week, though. The improvement was pretty remarkable.

"Our attention was good and for the main part we stuck to it. If you take the 10 minutes out at the start, I thought we were pretty dominant. I think we created enough opportunities to win five games.

"I just hope some week someone can press the green button instead of the red one but you take the rough with the smooth."

Centre Joe Wardle had two tries disallowed before finally being awarded a score on 68 minutes. He was on the wing by then after Huddersfield lost Jodie Broughton with a knee injury on a tryscoring debut.

"He's got a medial ligament injury which is unfortunate for him," Anderson said. "It was a pretty good debut. You could see he was a bit nervous at the start but he grew as the game went on."

Anderson also revealed that forward Ukuma Taia had been dropped as a punishment for being late for training.

"If you turn up late for training, you don't play," he said.

Leeds, who had lost their previous five matches against Huddersfield, went into the game on a high after winning their opening three games but were flattered by a 6-4 interval lead, courtesy of Stevie Ward's seventh-minute try.

Only some stout defence kept them in the game, with former England captain Jamie Peacock playing the full 80 minutes to lead the way.

"It's not what we were planning to do," Leeds head coach Brian McDermott said. "Huddersfield had a lot more momentum than us and maybe they should have got another couple of tries in the first half.

"Things weren't going to plan so JP decided to stay on.

"We turned a lot of ball over and I didn't think our kicking was great but I think we showed enough effort and work for each other not to feel bad about getting a point.

"Huddersfield are a very good team and we've not got a great record here so, in the grand scheme of things, to get a draw after a ropey performance is not bad but we have a fair bit to work on."

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