Wigan ended the season with two Super League points at
Huddersfield but as expected missed out on a play-off spot after London’s
demolition of Widnes in the capital. Ian Millward will have been pleased
with what he saw from his team although realistically neither side had
little more than pride to play for.
The Warriors were comfortable winners in the end at a ground in recent
visits they have struggled to come away from with much, this time though
this was wrapped up with three tries in twenty minutes after half time
although there was a late fightback from the Giants.
For the Warriors Chris Ashton made his first start, according to the team
sheet he was to partner Sean Gleeson on the left hand side but Gleeson ended
up on the right and in his last appearance for the club Brian Carney was
It was the home side that started the brighter, twice getting into the
Wigan twenty but being unable on the last tackle to break the line with Nero
and Crabtree both held short.
On ten minutes Danny Tickle came close to the opening try. Not held in
the tackle he continued his run forward only to lose the ball and knock on
within inches of the Giants try line.
The Warriors did take the lead on 18 minutes, Stephen Wild held just
short and Dennis Moran was able to crash over in the right hand corner from
the play the ball. Danny Tickle hit a superb conversion and Wigan led 6-0.
Huddersfield responded almost immediately as Stuart Jones was able to
cross to the right of the posts, the conversion was missed 4-6.
On 35 minutes, Danny Tickle made a good break down the middle and he had
support from Chris Ashton who was able to celebrate his first senior try for
the club. Tickle added the extras and Wigan had opened up an eight point
lead. Soon after Danny Orr scooted away for the Warriors third try after
poor defending from the home side, Tickle slotted the conversion and at half
time the scoreboard read Huddersfield 4 Wigan 18.
The Giants crossed for the first points in the second half, a Thorman
kick and Evans pounced for the four points, Thorman converted to make it
Warriors centre Kevin Brown put Ian Millwards side back in control on 53
minutes, Brown side stepping the covering home defence close to the line,
this time Tickle slipped as he struck the conversion. On 63 minutes a Danny
Orr inside pass sent over Danny Sculthorpe for Wigans fifth try, Tickle
again missed the extras, 10-26.
A sweet move on 66 saw Wigan spreading the ball to the flank through five
pairs of hands and Sean Gleeson provided the final pass to Carney in his
final appearance for the club for the try in the right hand corner, the
conversion was missed but it mattered little with the score of 10-30.
A Paul White try reduced the arrears but it was too little too late for
Jon Sharps side, Thorman struck the conversion to make it 16-30. Thorman
crossed for a further try under the sticks.
In the dying moments 18 year old Chris Ashton dived over for his second
try and this time Brian Carney, yes Brian Carney struck a conversion from
the touch line. An appropriate end for a great player in Wigan colours.