Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants Tetley's Super League VIII Round
2 Friday 7th March.
Kick Off 8.00pm at JJB Stadium.
CherryandWhite.co.uk Match Report by Rebecca Smith
Newly promoted Huddersfield Giants issued a warning to Super League that
they are not going to be the competition's wipping boys.
A second half
fight back saw them nearly snatch a late victory at the JJB - but the home side
held on for their first points of Super League VIII.
A late try from
Martin Aspinwall, two minutes from time, finally killed off the Giant threat.
Until that point Wigan never looked assured of victory despite always being
Disappointed coach Stuart Raper said: 'We let them back into the
game and we should have won by 40.'
'Our ball-handling was poor, and the
players know that. It was an inconsistent performance over the 80 minutes. But
at least we got the two points.'
But for superb defence from Kris
Radlinski, Huddersfield would have taken the lead in the opening
The young Alex Wilkinson, on loan from Bradford, was denied a
long range try by a last gasp tackle from the ever dependable full
Wigan bounced back with a try from Sean O'Loughlin on the quarter
hour mark. Julian O'Neill converted and then ten minutes later extended the lead
with a successful penalty.
A spectacular try from Brett Dallas, the end
result of an impressive Carney run, was not converted but an Adrian Lam drop
edged the home side 13 points clear. But that gap was cut just before half time,
albeit through a controversial try. The Wigan players stopped after assuming
Earl Crabtree had knocked on butthe referee did not agree and allowed play on.
Alex Wilkinson was awarded a try for touching down the lose ball to the dismay
of the Wigan players who doubted the grounding.
Wigan extended their lead
after the restart with quick tries from David Hodgson then Jamie
Then came the Giant fight back with two tries in three minutes
from Darren Turner and Anthony Colella. Brandon Costin converted both to narrow
the margin to just 7 points. Danny Sculthorpe's first try for the club should
have calmed the Wigan nerves but again Huddersfield hit right back. Jim Gannon's
try, converted by Steve McNamara, made for an uneasy last ten minutes for Wigan
fans until Aspinwall's 78-minute score settled it.
Tony Smith praised his team's battling performance. 'I can't be disappointed
with the effort or the improvement they showed. In the second half the players
thought they were going to do it - and so did everyone else in the stadium.'
Marcus St Hilaire
Tries: Sean O'Loughlin
(15) Brett Dallas (30) David Hodgson (41) Jamie Ainscough (47) Danny
Sculthorpe (66) Martin Aspinwall (78)
Tries: Alex Wilkinson
(38) Darren Turner (56) Anthony Colella (59) James Gannon
Goals: Julian O'Neill
Goals: Steve McNamara Brandon Costin
Goal: Adrian Lam (35)
Half Time: 13-4 Wigan Match Attendance:
8,187 Referee: Karl Kirkpatrick (Warrington) Cherry and White.co.uk Man of
the Match : Danny Sculthorpe
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