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Pre Season Match Report: Wigan 18 Huddersfield 30
Posted by cherryandwhite on January 19 2012 - 23:49

Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants - Sean O'Loughlin Testimonial (Friendly).
Thursday 19th January 2012
. Kick Off 8:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Report

Well this was a spirited performance from a young Wigan side against an experienced Huddersfield outfit, but you wonder why they bothered. Can't fault the cause of a testimonial for Sean O'Loughlin, but the man himself played about 25 minutes of the game with the majority of the match featuring our Under 20s. Can't help feeling a bit short changed, even though it was a decent game of Rugby League.

Wigan kicked off with experience from the likes of Thomas Leulaui, Gareth Hock, Chris Tuson and O'Loughlin himself but that didn't last long. It did contribute to a good start from Wigan though with a early try from Anthony Gelling. He crashed over from close range in the right corner but Jack Murphy couldn't convert - so the score was left at 4-0.

Huddersfield hit back on 13 minutes when Danny Brough scored from his own kick. He put in a chip kick towards the posts, but Wigan flapped in defending it and Brough touched down for a score which left an easy conversion - 6-4 Giants.

Wigan had a good spell following that score, in which they scored twice. First Leuluai put in a kick that allowed Jack Hughes to send Gareth Hock over, then good hands out to the left allowed John O'Donnell squeeze in the corner. Murphy couldn't convert either of those scores, so it was just 12-6 to the home side.

By now the likes of Leuluai, Hock and O'Loughlin had departed and it was pretty much a Wigan Under 20s v Huddersfield First Team contest for the rest of the game. Certainly Scott Grix, Jermaine McGillvray, Leroy Cudjoe, Lee Gilmour, Danny Brough and Eorl Crabtree remained out their for the majority of the time that remained.

With that in mind, it was no surprise to see the visitors take control of the result, but it's credit to our young lads that we never collapsed to a heavy defeat.

Huddersfield scored twice to take a half time lead with both Greg Eden and Eorl Crabtree claiming close range efforts. Brough converted both to make it 18-12 with missed conversions being the only difference.

Wigan started the second half strongly with Jack Hughes going close but knocking on with the line at his mercy. Another good move opened Huddersfield's right hand defence up but they recovered well to get us into touch.

Huddersfield just had a bit more strength in the pack by now and this led to them scoring again. After forcing a drop out, Shaun Lunt went over from close range just as a massive hailstorm hit the DW Stadium. It was close to the posts, so another easy kick for Brough made it 24-12 to them.

Wigan kept digging away but it was hard to compete against the more experienced pack. A massive cheer came on 67 minutes when Kris Radlinski returned to the DW Stadium field for the first time since 14th July 2006 in a match against Salford. Captain O'Loughlin also returned for the final moments of the game and this led to Wigan claiming a score on 72 minutes.

A kick went in and Radlinski went chasing for a dream return try but it was prop Tom Spencer who won the race to touch down close to the posts. Close enough for Murphy to claim his first conversion of the evening - 24-18 to Huddersfield.

Grandstand finish was perhaps on but sadly for us, Huddersfield sealed the result pretty soon after with Jacob Fairbank finishing a long range move. A fifth easy conversion for Brough completing the nights scoring at Wigan 18 Huddersfield 30.

On the evidence of this display, the visitors will need to play a hell of a lot better to trouble us when we meet in the league on February 5th. They certainly continued to look a one man team in Danny Brough and for long periods they struggled to open up what was effectively our reserve side. Pre season can give confused messages though - only time will tell!

For Wigan it was a good run out from the youngsters but not sure we learned much from this display. I'm intrigued as to how these lads will get on against Leigh's first team though. That should be a cracker a week tomorrow!

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Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Huddersfield 1
23 Joe Mellor Full Back Greg Eden 29
2 Matty Russell Winger Jermaine McGillvray 5
3 Anthony Gelling Centre Leroy Cudjoe 3
4 Jack Hughes Centre Lee Gilmour 4
5 Jack Murphy Winger Luke George 20
6 Sam Powell Stand Off Scott Grix 1
7 Thomas Leuluai Scrum Half Danny Brough 7
8 Gil Dudson Prop Keith Mason 10
9 Logan Tomkins Hooker Luke Robinson 9
10 Tom Spencer Prop Dale Ferguson 16
11 Gareth Hock 2nd Row Jason Chan 18
12 Chris Tuson 2nd Row Jacob Fairbank 23
13 Sean O'Loughlin L.Forward Tommy Lee 19
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1 Kris Radlinski Substitute Eorl Crabtree 8
14 Greg Burke Substitute Shaun Lunt 14
15 Liam Carberry Substitute Adam Walker 24
16 Jamie Acton Substitute Jon Molloy 25
18 Scott Leatherbarrow Substitute Jamie Cording 26
19 Rhodri Lloyd Substitute Matt Sarsfield 27
20 John O'Donnell Substitute Josh Johnson 30
21 Matt Crow Substitute
22 Kieron Harrison Substitute
- Shaun Wane Coach Nathan Brown -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 18 --- Huddersfield Giants 30
Tries (4):
Anthony Gelling
Gareth Hock
John O'Donnell
Tom Spencer
--- Tries (5):
Danny Brough
Greg Eden
Eorl Crabtree
Shaun Lunt
Jacob Fairbank
Goals:
Jack Murphy 1/4
--- Goals:
Danny Brough 5/5

Scoring and Incident Pattern

3rd Minute Wigan 04 Huddersfield 00 Try: Anthony Gelling
- Wigan 04 Huddersfield 00 J.Murphy Missed Conversion (0/1)
13th Minute Wigan 04 Huddersfield 04 Try: Danny Brough
- Wigan 04 Huddersfield 06 Conversion: Danny Brough (1/1)
21st Minute Wigan 08 Huddersfield 06 Try: Gareth Hock
- Wigan 08 Huddersfield 06 J.Murphy Missed Conversion (0/2)
28th Minute Wigan 12 Huddersfield 06 Try: John O'Donnell
- Wigan 12 Huddersfield 06 J.Murphy Missed Conversion (0/3)
32nd Minute Wigan 12 Huddersfield 10 Try: Greg Eden
- Wigan 12 Huddersfield 12 Conversion: Danny Brough (2/2)
37th Minute Wigan 12 Huddersfield 16 Try: Eorl Crabtree
- Wigan 12 Huddersfield 18 Conversion: Danny Brough (3/3)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 08 Huddersfield Giants 18
50th Minute Wigan 12 Huddersfield 22 Try: Shaun Lunt
- Wigan 12 Huddersfield 24 Conversion: Danny Brough (4/4)
72nd Minute Wigan 16 Huddersfield 24 Try: Tom Spencer
- Wigan 18 Huddersfield 24 Conversion: Jack Murphy (1/4)
76th Minute Wigan 18 Huddersfield 28 Try: Jacob Fairbank
- Wigan 18 Huddersfield 30 Conversion: Danny Brough (5/5)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 18 Huddersfield Giants 30

Referee

Thierry Alibert

Penalties Conceded

Wigan 7 Huddersfield 7

Match Attendance

5,652

Weather

Dry with a hailstone storm hitting around the 50 minute mark.

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