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8th July 2001: Huddersfield 24 Wigan 48

Huddersfield Giants v Wigan Warriors - Tetley's Super League VI Round 19
Sunday 8th July 2001. Kick Off 3:00pm at McAlpine Stadium

Match Report by Andy Ellis (wiganwarriors.rivals.net)

Wigan kept up the pressure on Super League leaders Bradford with a comfortable 48-24 win over Huddersfield, Andy Farrell contributed 24 points. It was the Warriors strong second-half performance that won the game, with Stuart Raper's half-time teamtalk obviously doing the trick.

The Warriors purple patch killed the game as a contest after it was level at the interval, with very little to choose between the teams in the first period. The Giants first half showing was nothing short of brilliant, and the game did not look like the two sides were at opposite ends of Super League table.

Huddersfield dominated the early exchanges and deservedly went into an early lead in the fourth minute when Troy Stone was held up just short of the line but did well to offload to try machine Andrew Frew, who was able to touch down in the corner. Brandon Costin converted a brilliant touchline kick to give the home side a 6-0 lead. The lead should have been extended moments later by Frew as he danced down the flank but a great covering tackle from a Warriors player guided him into touch.

Inevitably Wigan hit back five minutes later, when Terry Newton touched down after a great break from David Hodgson, which Farrell converted. However the Giants went back in front when Costin powered his way through some weak Warriors tackling to crash over and he was able to convert his own score.

Midway through the half, Farrell kicked a penalty to reduce the deficit, after Adrian Lam was obstructed. The away side could have drawn level soon after, when Paul Johnson made a brilliant break from the halfway line but was hauled down just inches short of the try line. Martin Gleeson and Ben Kusto both went close for the Giants but the home side was left to rue their missed chances when Hodgson touched down for Wigan six minutes before the break. Farrell put a kick over the top of the Giants defence; Kris Radlinski brilliantly caught the ball, fed Newton who this time turned provider for Hodgson to touch down. Farrell pulled his conversion to send the sides in level at the break.
Wigan's try burst began in the 48th minute with Harvey Howard crashing over from close range. Farrell scored the first of his two tries three minutes later when he collected a short Lam kick and further scores from David Furner and Radlinski ended any chances of the Giants creating an upset.

Credit must however go to Tony Smith's men for not giving up, as they ran in two well-worked scores of their own to fight back well. Stanley Gene proved what a great signing he has been, when he broke down the centre of the field and fed Chris Langley for a fine try.
Five minutes from time man-of-the-match Costin scored his second try of the game when he intercepted a pass on his own 20m line but only had enough gas in the tank to get within five metres of the line. But with the Warriors defence struggling to get back, Paul Reilly picked the ball up at acting halfback and dived over. Costin converted to take his points tally to 12 and made the score 36-24 to Raper's men.

Two late scores from Farrell and Radlinski gave the score a flattering look for the Cherry and Whites but on the evidence of this match the Giants will not be too down hearted. Following their first league win of the season last week against Wakefield, it will surely not be long before another win comes their way.

Team Sheets

- Huddersfield Position Wigan -
1 Paul Reilly Full Back Kris Radlinski 1
2 Andrew Frew Winger Brett Dallas 2
3 Martin Gleeson Centre Paul Johnson 15
4 Dale Cardoza Centre David Hodgson 23
20 Chris Langley Winger Brian Carney 5
27 Brandon Costin Stand Off Phil Jones 22
7 Ben Kusto Scrum Half Adrian Lam 7
12 Richard Marshall Prop Neil Cowie 10
30 Toby Green Hooker Terry Newton 9
32 Troy Stone Prop Harvey Howard 20
11 David Lomax 2nd Row Mick Cassidy 11
31 Matthew Walker 2nd Row Dave Furner 14
33 Stanley Gene L.Forward Andy Farrell 13
6 Chris Thorman Substitute Denis Betts 12
8 Steve Molloy Substitute Francis Stephenson 17
18 Chris Molyneux Substitute Martin Aspinwall 24
34 Danny Fearon Substitute Ricky Bibey 26

Score Sheet

Huddersfield Giants 24 --- Wigan Warriors 48
Brandon Costin
Andrew Frew
Chris Langley
Paul Reilly
--- Tries:
Andy Farrell 2
Dave Furner
David Hodgson
Harvey Howard
Terry Newton
Kris Radlinski 2
Brandon Costin 4
--- Goals:
Andy Farrell 8

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