Super League: Huddersfield beat Wakefield 40-28 with McGillvary hat-trick

Huddersfield's Jermaine McGillvary in action

Betfred Super League
Huddersfield (30) 40
Tries: Rankin, Mellor, McGillvary 3, McIntosh, Ta’ai Goals: Brough 6
Wakefield (10) 28
Tries: Jones-Bishop, Tupou, Pauli, Horo, Johnstone Goals: Hampshire 4

Jermaine McGillvary scored a second hat-trick in a row as Huddersfield beat Wakefield to end the regular Super League season above their opponents.

The England winger crossed twice in the first half, with Jordan Turner, Alex Mellor and Darnell McIntosh going over.

Trinity scored through Ben Jones-Bishop and Bill Tupou but trailed 30-10.

McGillvary’s third and Ukuma Ta’ai’s try made it 40-10 but Pauli Pauli, Justin Horo and Tom Johnstone scored to restore some pride for the visitors.

Defeat for Catalans and Hull FC meant Huddersfield moved up three places to end fifth in the table after 23 games, while Wakefield are seventh going into the Super 8s.

There was further good news for Giants after the match as they confirmed prop Suaia Matagi will be available for the rest of the season, moving his arrival forward from the start of the 2019 campaign.

Wakefield had Matty Ashurst sin-binned for dissent after 10 minutes and conceded 12 points while he was off the pitch, having been level at 6-6 at the time.

Huddersfield Giants: Rankin; McGillvary, Cudjoe, Turner, McIntosh; Gaskell, Brough; Clough, O’Brien, Lawrence, Mellor, Murphy, Ferguson.

Replacements: Hinchcliffe, Ta’ai, English, Roberts.

Wakefield Trinity: Jowitt; Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Tupou, Johnstone; Miller, Hampshire; Hirst, Randell, Fifita, Batchelor, Ashurst, Horo.

Replacements: Annakin, Pauli, Huby, Arona.

Referee: Robert Hicks

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