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Match Report: Huddersfield 22 Wigan 10
Posted by cherryandwhite on February 17 2013 - 23:30

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Huddersfield Giants v Wigan Warriors - Super League 18 Round 3.
Saturday 16th February 2013
. Kick Off 3:00pm at John Smith's Stadium.

Match Report

Whilst obviously being disappointed with the loss, I think this was one in which you just had to credit the immense defence displayed by Huddersfield.

Looking back at my in game tweets, in the last 15 minutes those tweets included "Hudds Survive", "Wigan Force Drop", "Hudds survive another Wigan assault", "Greg Burke a bugs dick short", "another Huddersfield drop out", "Wigan all over Hudds", "drop out with 26 seconds left".

That was 15 minutes of constant pressure that 95% of the time would have been enough to score two or three tries, let alone the one try we needed to get at least a draw out of this performance.

Ok you can look at that and say Wigan lacked the class to get over the line but my personal view is that you have to credit the oppositions effort. The only criticism I have on Wigan is that I think Matty Smith blew a three on one overlap going right with a minute to go, but overall I was quite happy with the effort and I think the little reality check will do us good going forward.

If anything this game was lost on the interchange bench. I talked about Eorl Crabtree's impact in my match preview and it was proven here. He was left on the bench and didn't appear until the 20th minute. In his absence Wigan were killing the Giants with a 10-0 lead very much deserved. But once he and Shaun Lunt came on, the pack battle evened out and the clean breaks that Wigan had enjoyed early began to disappear.

Also another big factor was Anthony Gelling's injury suffered in the 22nd Minute, just as Huddersfield got back to 10-6. With Sam Tomkins absent due to a shoulder injury, coach Shaun Wane had switched Josh Charnley to full back and started Gelling in his wing position, and for me it was working well early doors. But Gelling's departure saw Sam Powell come on at full back with Charnley switching back to the wing.

Then later in the game, when Mike McIlorum was substituted at half time, we were switched further with Powell moving to Hooker, Charnley going back to Full Back, Jack Hughes changing from Second Row to Right Centre and Darrell Goulding from Right Centre to Wing. If that was tactical, for me it was an error on the part of coach Wane. It was far too much switching around for one substitution in my view.

If it was forced then so be it, these things happen, but I felt it just stifled and disrupted our rhythm during the middle part of the contest. I think it takes a while for players to re-adjust when changing roles during a match and more often than not it seems to fail. I think it also highlighted that we are not well covered in the backs in terms of utility value and its contributes to why we need to be cautious with our optimism this season.

Anyway back to the start of the match and Wigan made a whirlwind start with the in red hot form Liam Farrell at the heart of it. He scored the games opening try in the 9th minute, taking Blake Green's pass to crash through a poor missed tackle from Luke Robinson. We all saw that move against Warrington last weekend and it was repeated here, with Ginger keeping up his try a game pace this season. Richards converted for 6-0.

Then Ginger made the break, on the next set, for our second try. Sean O'Loughlin and Matty Smith combined before Green's pass got Farrell away from sixty metres out. He was guilty of completely mis-timing his pass on occasions last season but he got it right this time, with the supporting Charnley out pacing Simon Grix for a left corner try. Charnley also kept up his try a game pace this year, adding to his impressive Wigan career record - 67 tries in 69 matches. Pat failed to convert but 15 minutes in, we were full value for 10-0.

But then on the 20 minute mark came those Huddersfield interchanges of Lunt and Crabtree and they quickly scored in the right corner from Jermaine McGillvary. Now it has to be pointed out that whilst overall our defence has been of good standard this season, we are looking mightily weak on our left side defended by Iain Thornley and Pat Richards. That is a concern at the moment.  It was also a poor attempt by the covering Charnley I felt for that score. Danny Brough converted for 10-6.

Gelling then departed with those positional changes I mentioned, but despite that nothing really happened up until the break, with that score carrying all the way.

Then into the second half we saw those extra positional changes with McIlorum going off and Huddersfield were now on top. We'd had a warning with a huge bust up the gut by the Giants being wasted, but they took the lead on 48 minutes with a soft try by Jamie Cording being scored near the posts. Brough converted for 12-10.  Disappointing defence again for that, but I don't want that to come across like it was poor all game because it wasn't.

A few minutes later Gil Dudson was put on report for allegedly stamping on an opponent. Can't really comment on it myself, but what was surprising was that it was the in goal judge that ran on to the field to report it. I've never seen them get involved in non in goal area stuff ever, so that was a surprise. We'll have to see what the video makes of that one. Soon after Huddersfield kicked a penalty goal for 14-10 from an unrelated penalty.

Following that Huddersfield went looking for the try to kill the game. You knew watching that Wigan would not be coming back from a two score deficit, so it was a massive defensive stand from us at this point to keep us in the game.

After that it was all Wigan. I note a tweet of mine that read that "Wigan need a bit of magic from somewhere" and that summed up the final minutes of the game. That was to Huddersfield's credit. McIlorum did return for Powell, but sadly we didn't find it. In fact the home side claimed a further penalty goal during a brief respite on 71 minutes for 16-10.

I've already mentioned the pressure Wigan put on late and it was apparently ten sets that Huddersfield saw out in all, but ironically it was them that scored a further try. It came with seconds left as they intercepted the full length whilst Wigan were throwing the ball around as the clock was ticking. Brett Ferres' try was deserved for them soaking up all our pressure. Got to credit McIlorum and Thornley's chasing back for that. The game was done but they still fought to stop that long break. Brough converted to complete a 22-10 Giants win, but I don't think many would have said a Wigan draw would have been undeserved. It was a great game overall and whilst we didn't get the two points, I think their are some good lessons for the Wigan lads to learn from this game. Let's hope they carry that forward!

Reaction to the Action

Shaun Wane: "Any team would miss someone like (Sam Tomkins) but there are no excuses. We came here expecting to win and I thought we had the game plan to win. We played well in parts but you have to commend Huddersfield. They played well. Paul has done a great job and I'm really pleased for him, being an Englishman as well. I thought their defence was outstanding because we did throw a lot at them. For them to hold us out for so long was outstanding. Overall, the best team won. Their defence on the line was better than ours. They're the form team of the comp. They had a great game plan but I see it as a missed opportunity."

Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson: "(Sam Tomkins is) a great player but I don't want his absence to take away from the spectacle, whether we win, lose or draw. It was a great game and Sam being there would have only added to it. He wasn't so you've got to give credit to the 34 blokes who were out there. It was played tough by two very good teams. It was the sort of game we needed to make sure we actually believe in the things we are putting in place. It was a real arm wrestle. It wasn't pretty but who cares if you win it? The amount of pressure that was applied to us and our calmness under it was a credit to their belief in each other and also the conditioning. We had one play-the-ball in the last 11 sets. Wigan are a great team and this gives us a helluva lot of belief going forward. There is massive room for improvement in this group. I am not going to get carried away by three wins. My thoughts are now on Wakefield next week and the improvements we can make."

Team Sheets

- Huddersfield Position Wigan 1
1 Simon Grix Full Back Josh Charnley 2
18 Aaron Murphy Winger Anthony Gelling 22
3 Leroy Cudjoe Centre Darrell Goulding 3
4 Joe Wardle Centre Iain Thornley 17
5 Jermaine McGillvary Winger Pat Richards 5
6 Danny Brough Stand Off Blake Green 6
7 Luke Robinson Scrum Half Matty Smith 7
10 Craig Kopczak Prop Gil Dudson 20
13 David Faiumu Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
29 Stuart Fielden Prop Lee Mossop 10
11 Brett Ferres 2nd Row Jack Hughes 4
16 Jason Chan 2nd Row Liam Farrell 12
20 Jacob Fairbank L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
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8 Eorl Crabtree Substitute Ben Flower 15
9 Shaun Lunt Substitute Scott Taylor 21
15 Larne Patrick Substitute Sam Powell 24
19 Jamie Cording Substitute Greg Burke 29
- Paul Anderson Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Huddersfield Giants 22 --- Wigan Warriors 10
Tries (3):
Jermaine McGillvary
Jamie Cording
Brett Ferres
--- Tries (2):
Liam Farrell
Josh Charnley
Goals:
Danny Brough 5/5
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 1/2

Scoring and Incident Pattern

9th Minute Huddersfield 00 Wigan 04 Try: Liam Farrell
- Huddersfield 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
12th Minute Huddersfield 00 Wigan 10 Try: Josh Charnley
- Huddersfield 00 Wigan 10 P.Richards Missed Conversion (1/2)
22nd Minute Huddersfield 04 Wigan 10 Try: Jermaine McGillvary
- Huddersfield 06 Wigan 10 Conversion: Danny Brough (1/1)
Half Time Huddersfield Giants 06 Wigan Warriors 10
48th Minute Huddersfield 10 Wigan 10 Try: Jamie Cording
- Huddersfield 12 Wigan 10 Conversion: Danny Brough (2/2)
56th Minute Huddersfield 14 Wigan 10 Penalty Goal: Danny Brough (3/3)
71st Minute Huddersfield 16 Wigan 10 Penalty Goal: Danny Brough (4/4)
80th Minute Huddersfield 20 Wigan 10 Try: Brett Ferres
- Huddersfield 12 Wigan 10 Conversion: Danny Brough (5/5)
Full Time Huddersfield Giants 22 Wigan Warriors 10

Video Highlights

Referee

James Child

Key Stats

Clean Breaks: lll Huddersfield 5 lll Wigan 5
Offloads:   Huddersfield 17   Wigan 19
Penalties Conceded:   Huddersfield 12   Wigan 9
Errors:   Huddersfield 13   Wigan 8
Set Completion:   Huddersfield 68%   Wigan 84%

Match Attendance

8,023

Weather

Nice and Sunny.

League Table after Super League 18 Round 3

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Huddersfield Giants 3 3 0 0 96 20 +76 6
2 Warrington Wolves 3 2 1 0 81 57 +24 5
3 Leeds Rhinos 3 2 0 1 90 34 +56 4
4 Bradford Bulls 3 2 0 1 90 46 +44 4
5 Catalan Dragons 3 2 0 1 88 54 +34 4
6 Wakefield Wildcats 3 2 0 1 70 60 +10 4
7 Wigan Warriors 3 1 1 1 69 39 +30 3
8 Hull FC 3 1 1 1 56 70 -14 3
9 St Helens 3 1 1 1 42 66 -24 3
10 Hull Kingston Rovers 3 1 0 2 88 86 +2 2
11 Widnes Vikings 3 1 0 2 50 74 -24 2
12 Castleford Tigers 3 1 0 2 50 90 -40 2
13 London Broncos 3 0 0 3 20 90 -70 0
14 Salford City Reds 3 0 0 3 20 124 -104 0

Round 3 Results
Fri 15 Feb Leeds Rhinos 42 Salford City Reds 14 12,558
Fri 15 Feb St Helens 22 Hull FC 22 11,257
Fri 15 Feb Warrington Wolves 24 Catalan Dragons 16 10,015
Sat 16 Feb Bradford Bulls 38 Castleford Tigers 12 7,724
Sun 17 Feb Huddersfield Giants 22 Wigan Warriors 10 8,023
Sun 17 Feb Hull Kingston Rovers 40 Widnes Vikings 18 7,247
Sun 17 Feb London Broncos 0 Wakefield Wildcats 28 1,887

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