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That's the last time that Huddersfield topped the table in England. History has been made. Well done Huddersfield Giants.
Also worthy of mentioning is that the Championship 2 final was played out between two Wales clubs in the North Wales Crusaders and the South Wales Scorpions with the Crusaders winning through to Championship 1 next season in front of 1500 fans.
 
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Long time between drinks (one and a bit life-times). Good to see how faith can propel a club for decade after decade through the lean years.:)


Huddersfield end 81-year minor prem wait

By James Martin
AAP
Mon 02nd September, 6:04am

Huddersfield secured the League Leaders' Shield with a 40-0 victory over Wakefield on Sunday, ending an 81-year wait to finish top of the table.

Second-rower Jason Chan crossed twice in the first half as the Giants recorded the milsetone in their final home game of the regular Super League season on Sunday.

Earlier on Sunday, Justin Carney waltzed his way to a hat-trick as Castleford made it three wins on the spin after seeing off Salford 44-30.

Jodie Broughton's own hat-trick was in vain for the Reds who recovered from 20-6 down early in the second-half to lead 24-20 before Rangi Chase inspired the Tigers once more.

Widnes may have missed out on the play-offs but their 36-22 victory over Hull KR offers room for optimism ahead of next season.

Patrick Ah Van, Rhys Hanbury and Frank Winterstein were all on the scoresheet for the hosts who ran in six tries in total and followed up on their 16-6 triumph against Warrington last time out.

London Broncos also had reason to cheer after they picked up just their fourth win of the season - 20-10 away at Bradford Bulls.

Keith Lulia, who is set to join Wests Tigers next season, gave Bulls the lead in the second half but two tries from David Howell and one from Jamie Soward ensured the Broncos came out on top.

On Friday, Joel Monaghan and Trent Waterhouse ran in first-half tries to help Warrington to a 29-16 victory over St Helens - forcing Huddersfield to put the champagne on ice temporarily.

Rhys Evans and Micky Higham also crossed for the Wolves in the opening 40 minutes which saw the visitors go in 22-0 up at half-time.

Jordan Turner, Adam Swift and Jonny Lomax all scored for the Saints after the interval but Garreth Carvell's try helped Warrington see the game out and secure second place heading into the play-offs.

Wigan's hopes of securing top spot had long gone even before their dramatic 34-33 defeat at home to Hull FC - but the Airlie Birds celebrated a small dose of revenge after last week's Challenge Cup final.

Hull FC fell to a 16-0 defeat at Wembley against the Warriors but Jason Crookes' hat-trick at the DW Stadium went some way to erasing that particular memory - two late Daniel Holdsworth goals the difference.

Elsewhere, Tonga international Lopini Paea almost helped Catalan Dragons to their first win at Headingley but the returning Danny Maguire saw Leeds to a 20-12 victory.

The Rhinos led 8-0 courtesy of a Ryan Hall try and two Kevin Sinfield goals but the Dragons responded well after the break and scores from former Sydney Rooster Paea and Olivier Elima put them ahead.

But Mitch Achurch restored the advantage and Maguire crowned his comeback after three months out with a broken leg to guarantee a top-four spot for the reigning champions.

source: http://www.nrl.com/huddersfield-end-81-year-minor-prem-wait/tabid/10874/newsid/74394/default.aspx
 
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The question is, can Huddersfield now bounce back from the tanking (apparently, I missed the game unfortunately) Wigan gave them. Their record in finals footie is poor, and they face a Saints side buoyed by a strong performance against an admittedly poor Hull KR team. Saints playmaker Jonny Lomax, who tends to play at full-back these days, is a threat to any defence, and the Giants will have their work cut out to avoid exiting the play-offs with a whimper.
 

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Is Lomax involved with the English WC squad? Great little player. His natural position for me is at halfback. Far more ability and a better attitude than that other joker that the Saints had that went to union. What was his name? Little bloke, halfback for the Saints but apparently playing centre now in union.
 

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Kyle Eastmond? He is at Bath, just up the road from me (I work in Bath). He was a real talent, though. Agree about Lomax, he is a top player, and (unlike, say, Sam Tomkins) looks more a half than a full-back, although he has done a decent job there. I'm not expecting an adventurous EC side from McBanana :( and expect Lomax to be in the 'long list' only.