Brown happy over Huddersfield's 'ugly' Super League win
By James Martin ,AFPLONDON -- Australia's Nathan Brown wanted his Huddersfield side to win ugly against Hull — and believes they did after triumphing 22-4 in what was the battle of the Super League's top two on Monday.
April 11, 2012, 12:03 am TWN
Huddersfield, who ran in tries from Eorl Crabtree, Luke Robinson and Joe Wardle, remained top of table after ending the visitors' six-game winning run.
Hull meanwhile, coached by ex-Wests Tigers assistant Peter Gentle, slipped down to fourth after failing to break the Giants' line, with just two penalties from Danny Tickle to show for their efforts.
Brown, who will become head coach role of Huddersfield's Super League rivals St. Helens next season, said his current side's defensive efforts had been the key to their ninth win in 11 league games.
“We expected and got a tough game. It was an ugly win but a win nonetheless and that's pleasing,” said Brown after the conclusion of a busy Easter schedule.
“There were a lot of tired players but we played the side coming second and to not let them score a try was terrific.
“They've got some really good attacking players and to be able to shut them down was very pleasing indeed.”
Meanwhile, former Manly center Steve Menzies said the Catalan Dragons, once the division's whipping boys, have what it takes to reach the Grand Final after scoring twice in an eight-try demolition of Warrington.
The 38-year-old was joined by Setaimata Sa in grabbing two tries while Lopini Paea also got on the score sheet as Scott Dureau pulled the strings in a comprehensive 44-16 victory.
It moved the French club, the only remaining Super League side with a 100 percent home record this season, to third in the table with a game in hand, and Menzies reckoned they could go all the way.
“It's a long way out (to the Grand Final) but there is a strong bond at this team and all the boys are pulling together well,” said Menzies.
“We've just got to keep building and get better and better each week. There's a long way to go but it's a great side to play for and it's a team playing some great footie.
“It's great, it's tough during this Easter period and there are a few sore bodies and so to come out after four days break and put in a performance like that, you can't ask for much more.”