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Faiumu leaves Huddersfield Giants

Huddersfield Giants have announced that former New Zealand international David Faiumu is to leave the club and go back to Australia with his family.

Leaving: David Faiumu is leaving Huddersfield after seven seasons with the club Credit: Press Association

The 31-year-old forward joined the Giants from the NRL in 2008 and made his 146th Super League appearance in Friday night's 18-16 playoff defeat to Catalan Dragons.

Huddersfield head coach Paul Anderson paid tribute to Faiumu after the game.

He said: "Fuey is a credit to himself and his family. He has been a great professional at this club.

"He has spent this year struggling with injuries but he made the choice to play on as we needed him. He is something special."


Anderson disappointed after Giants playoff exit

Huddersfield Head coach Paul Anderson was left bitterly disappointed after the Giants were knocked out of the playoffs by Catalan Dragons.

Hurting: Paul Anderson is disappointed after the Giants lost 18-16 to Catalans Credit: Press Association

Huddersfield were much improved from their 57-4 hammering at Wigan last week but it was an 11th defeat in 14 play-off ties for the Giants.

"It hurts more than last week because the year is over," Anderson said. "We saw an improvement in some areas and the scoreline wasn't as bad as last week.

"But it was a reflection of our year. We were good in patches. All year we have never strung 80 minutes together and it was the same tonight. We never turned the screw and it has been the tale of our year.

"I am massively disappointed about the season. We started round one with big expectation but consistency throughout the year cost us.

"It wasn't just week by week but within games.

"We have had inconsistencies within performance and individual performances throughout games. It ends up hurting you.

"We went into this game with every expectation of winning, going to St Helens and winning the competition. But it has gone.

"For the investment in this team and this club it's not good enough. We need to be better."

Rugby world mourns death of record-breaking half-back

Rugby league is mourning the death of Australian half-back Greg Mackey, who captained Hull to Premiership success in 1991, and also played in England for Huddersfield and Warrington.

Greg Mackey died at home yesterday

Hull FC tweeted the following tribute:

Mackey, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer in December 2011, died at his home in Sydney yesterday at the age of 52.

A statement said: "Warrington Wolves were sad to learn of the passing of former captain Greg Mackey on Wednesday 24 September at the age of 52."

Mackey began his career at South Sydney in 1980 and also played for Illawarra Steelers and Canterbury before moving to England in 1989.

He made just nine appearances for Warrington before receiving a lucrative offer from Hull, where as captain and stand-off, he won the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man of the match as the team beat Warrington 14-4 in the 1990-91 Premiership final at Old Trafford.

After making 94 consecutive appearances for Hull, Mackey returned to Warrington in the summer of 1992 and went on to make 98 consecutive appearances for them, which is still a club record, and played in their 24-0 defeat by the touring Kangaroos at Wilderspool in 1994.

Mackey, who also spent the winter of 1983-84 playing in France for Paris Chatillon XIII, finished his career at Huddersfield in 1996, the first season of Super League, before returning with his family to Sydney, where he worked in the telecoms industry.

He leaves a wife Amanda, three children; Kane, Ebony and Tom, and twin granddaughters Grace and Lillian.

Other rugby players and coaches also took to social media to give their condolences:


Former FC captain Mackey dies

Hull FC have announced that their former captain Greg Mackey has died at his home in Australia.

Greg Mackey lifting the league trophy in 1991 Credit: Press Association

A statement on the club's website said:

The former South Sydney, Illawarra, Warrington and Hull half back spent his final few days with his close family in New South Wales. He passed away earlier today.

– Hull FC

He played for FC on 95 times between 1989 and 1992, captaining Hull to the Premiership title in the 1990-91 season. He was named man of match in the club's famous victory over Widnes at Old Trafford.

Castleford coach fined for criticising referee

Castleford coach Daryl Powell has been fined by the Rugby Football League for publicly criticising referee James Child.

Powell hit out at the official following his side's 41-0 defeat by St Helens in last Friday's qualifying play-off tie at Langtree Park.

"We couldn't get anything from the referee, who I thought was horrendous, although I say that every time I see him referee," Powell said.

Fine for Daryl Powell Credit: PA

The Tigers boss revealed at his weekly press conference on Tuesday that his comments had cost him a £500 fine, half of which is suspended.

Meanwhile, Powell is set to make changes for his side's sudden-death semi-final against Warrington at the Jungle on Thursday.

Powell will definitely be without centre Jake Webster after he sustained head knocks in each of the last two games, so Michael Channing is set to deputise, but the coach is optimistic that prop Lee Jewitt will be fit after sitting out the Saints game through injury.

Hull-bound Marc Sneyd looks set for a recall after being dropped for the last match as Powell looks to halt the club's late-season mini slump.

Tigers humiliated as Saints romp to victory

James Roby made Castleford pay for his Super League Dream Team omission with a superb man-of-the-match performance that keeps St Helens on course for a place in the Grand Final.

Daryl Powell watched his Tigers side fall to a 41-0 defeat Credit: Press Association

Castleford's rising star Daryl Clark got the nod for the hooking role in the Dream Team ahead of the England regular, who demonstrated all his old skill with two early tries and an all-round industrious display to which Castleford had no answer.

It was routine for Saints, who were presented with the League Leaders' Shield before kick-off, as they moved effortlessly to within 80 minutes of a return to Old Trafford with a clinical 41-0 victory at Langtree Park.

St Helens' seven-try triumph - in which Dream Team winger Tom Makinson scored on his 100th appearance - earned them next week off and they will also get the chance to select their home semi-final opponents via the controversial ClubCall system.

Castleford, who missed the chance to pip Saints to top spot by losing to Catalan Dragons in their final league game, will have another chance to reach the last four in next week's elimination semi-finals but - like Huddersfield after the first qualifying play-off - will need to find a vastly improvement if they are get back on course for a maiden Grand Final appearance.

Tigers coach Daryl Powell responded to their mini-slump by dropping stand-off Marc Sneyd, one of the stars of the season, in favour of Jamie Ellis while Australian winger Justin Carney made an unexpected return in place of the injured James Clare.

Saints coach Nathan Brown also sprung a surprise by switching second rower Mark Flanagan to scrum-half. He acquitted himself well but it was Roby who the star of the show.

Clark began the match on the bench - with Adam Milner preferred as the Tigers' starting hooker - and entered the action midway through the first half moments after Roby had broken the deadlock by forcing his way over for the game's first try.

Five minutes later Roby repeated the feat, this time from 10 metres out, and Mark Percival kicked his second conversion to make it 12-0. Saints let slip a 10-0 lead in their last match but they soaked up Castleford pressure to keep their line intact up to the break and increased their advantage of the stroke of half-time with a drop goal from Jordan Turner.

Any hope of a Castleford fightback was snuffed out within five minutes of the restart when Roby worked a run-around with Sia Soliola to free Turner, who sprinted 50 metres for Saints' third try.

Roby then became trysaver when he managed to get his leg in the way to prevent Castleford centre Michael Channing touching down after a rare breach of the Saints defence.

Trailing 19-0, the visitors were forced to chance their arm and it cost them another try when St Helens winger Adam Swift, a replacement for the injured Matty Dawson, picked up a loose ball and went 70 metres for a solo score.

The home side were denied a penalty try when skipper Paul Wellens was pulled back while chasing Roby's grubber kick to the line but Castleford captain Michael Shenton was sin-binned for the offence and Saints took advantage of the extra man to increase their lead.

Makinson took Percival's pass to cross at the corner and, as the Tigers began to tire, front-row forwards Kyle Amor and Mose Masoe both demonstrated brute strength to force their way over for close-range tries.

Percival took his goal tally to six from seven attempts to wrap up a convincing victory.

St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford Tigers

Sport now and in Rugby, Castleford Tigers now only have one more chance to make it through to the grand final play off after being hammered by St Helens tonight.

It is the Tigers' fourteenth successive loss to Saints, who clocked up 13 points in the first half. Castelford failed to threaten the Saints' try line and the score finished 41-0.

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