sport news Huddersfield Giants 6-20 Catalans Dragons: Josh Drinkwater keeps French club on ...

Josh Drinkwater produced a perfect kicking display to spoil fellow Australian Simon Woolford's first game as Huddersfield head coach.

The Catalans Dragons half-back kicked six goals from as many attempts as the French club moved to within 80 minutes of a second appearance at Wembley with a hard-fought 20-6 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter-final triumph.

It was a turgid, stop-start affair played in front of a crowd of just 2,151 at the John Smith's Stadium but Catalans coach Steve McNamara will not mind that as he watched his side continue their revival with a fifth win in their last six games.

Catalans Dragons were thankful for 12 points from the boot of Josh Drinkwater

Catalans Dragons were thankful for 12 points from the boot of Josh Drinkwater

A try from Huddersfield captain Leroy Cudjoe on his 250th career appearance - his first for nine months following major knee surgery - briefly suggested the Giants might extend their own winning run to five matches but the disappointing performance highlights the size of the task still facing Woolford.

The Catalans, who gave a debut to New Zealand back-row forward Kenny Edwards, their new signing from Parramatta, relied on their aggressive defence to grind out a 4-0 interval lead and strengthened their grip in the second half.

The only scores up to half-time came at the beginning and end of the first half from the boot of Drinkwater with two penalty goals.

Huddersfield winger Darnell McIntosh produced the only clean

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