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Match Report: Wigan 12 Huddersfield 30
Posted by cherryandwhite on August 12 2013 - 16:34

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Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants - Super League 18 Round 24
Friday 9th August 2013
. Kick Off 8:00pm at DW Stadium

Match Report

Well their were a few guffaws in the press room following this game after Sky's Eddie Hemmings asked Shaun Wane whether Wigan were "a club in crisis"?

The guffaws were justified. Yes our league form has been poor but the same accusations were thrown at Leeds in the past two years and they put that right. We still have a massive opportunity to do just that with the cup final on the horizon. We won't really know whether coach Wane's decisions to "rest" players in recent weeks is madness or genius until the season is complete.

That said, if things go badly wrong in the next two weeks in particular, I don't think the club realise how damaging it'll be going forward.

Last week I went into Wish FM to record their Friday pre match "Gerr'um On Side" show and the subject of us possibly having an advantage with so many home games towards the back end of the season was brought up.

I had to point out that being constantly at home at the moment is probably part of the problem. The atmosphere surrounding the DW at the moment stinks. I don't mean noise by saying that (although one thing leads into another), more the feeling amongst the supporters.

Our home performances have been a long standing problem and not just since Shaun Wane became coach, this poor home form was happening when Madge was coach as well. In the last four years whilst the league position has actually been good, it hasn't really been reflected at the DW.

In the last four years - against Huddersfield, Warrington, Leeds & St Helens - Wigan have claimed just 5 wins out of 17 clashes at home. That's only a 29% win rate.

The fact that we have, and still are, competing towards first place in the table is testament to a, how much better we are away from the place but also b, that we rarely lose to sides in the mid to lower half of the table.

Trouble is though. The constant struggling in big games is leading to much apathy amongst Wigan fans. First Huddersfield attack on the second half and they got a ball steal penalty and you could feel the energy drain away from the place even before they scored. It was like in unison we all though "we know what's coming here" and it did.

On top of poor home form you start to add in the apathy of Leeds being able to be so poor for most of the season yet win two titles from fifth. Saints seemingly hitting form to attempt to do the same despite being absolute garbage during the first five months of the season. Our two biggest away games being played on Monday Nights. The possibility of non stop Thursday games for the whole of September. The fact we've lost all four games against Huddersfield, Leeds, Warrington and St Helens AWAY this year as well.

It's all combining to a massive pit of negativity surrounding our games at home. Amazing really because we are still actually in a great position to do a league and cup double this year but I have to stress, I think the difference between success and failure is such a fine line over the next few weeks.

It's quite clear that our attendances have been hit this year and, if we don't get things right at the back end of this year, then I'll confidently predict that season tickets sales will be hit badly next season.

I'm only stressing the vibes I'm hearing and the unwillingness from some to have the energy to renew season tickets next year is startling to me. When I say some, I'm talking about people I know who are the kind of fans who went home and away without fail. If they don't have the energy to want to do it at the moment, then it's only going to go one way surely?

I think the club have to accept some responsibility for the apathy. This Sam Tomkins to New Zealand Warriors thing has dragged it's knuckles for about five months now. How hard does it have to be? Either confirm he is going, or confirm he is staying. It's simple but instead a lot of fans are wasting energy worrying about that rather than being able to focus on getting right behind the team.

Add on to this we've had Sam playing cup games but not in league games, despite being in 19 man squads is, from a supporters point of view, a bit like adding insult to injury. The last two homes games in particular have seen supporters hopes built up that he will be playing only to turn up at the ground to see he isn't. It just adds to the pit of negativity I talked about. Their are deflated before we've kicked off.

Reality is that Sam hasn't been seen by season ticket paying supporters in the league since May 3rd against Salford and the impression, whether right or wrong, is that Wigan are just not playing him by choice. That impression is another negative one to leave on a customer that is paying good money to attend regular season games. It leaves them questioning the value of the season ticket.

Now I don't write negative articles for the sake of it. I call things like I see it most of the time but in 12 seasons of doing this fan site, I've always tried to reflect the opinion of supporters as well as my own views. That's all that I'm doing here. I might be tucked away in a radio commentary box a lot these days but I still engage with fans on twitter a lot and bump into many in the pubs either before or after games etc. And the impression I've had for quite a while is that whilst on the face of it things are good around Wigan, the fans (the most important thing) are not feeling that positive. But I can't speak for everyone so feel free to offer feedback.

The bottom line I think is that Wembley is going to be a huge match for us. The result that day will either, in my view, see the next year or two swallowed up in that pit of negativity OR it'll see it evaporate in one foul swoop. It'll take so much pressure off us going into the play offs knowing that we have a trophy in the bag. Lose it and I don't see how we can pick ourselves up. And I'm not talking about the players, I'm talking about the supporters. The biggest thing though is that the more we are away from the DW, the better. That's why I'm delighted we are in France this weekend. It'll be a welcome break from playing at home and I'm really looking forward to it.

ps Story of the match will again be added later. Knackered now - took me ages to write that!

Reaction to the Action

Coach Shaun Wane: "Going to Wembley has not taken our eye off the ball. We were not that far off today, it is not a crisis. We are playing some good stuff. This was one v two. If it was one v eight I would understand the crisis comment. We were beaten by the better team and we just need to learn from it. We had a few players missing but I was still confident we could have won today. We had spells in the first half where we could have scored a few tries but we didn't convert them. At the end of the day they played better than us, they deserved to win."

Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson: "All the things we did defensively and offensively were what we spoke about. We have still got some chinks to get out of our system but it was a victory for our attention because we did what we practised. We have put ourselves in a position now where we can achieve something, but we are also in a position where teams can come and knock us over. All we have done all year is focus week in, week out. We will enjoy tonight, have a good weekend off but then regroup Monday and put all our attention into London Broncos. We haven't won anything yet. We have got to keep winning week by week. We won't get ahead of ourselves."

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Huddersfield 1
32 Ryan Hampshire Full Back Scott Grix 1
2 Josh Charnley

Winger

Jermaine McGillvary 5
3 Darrell Goulding Centre Leroy Cudjoe 3
17 Iain Thornley Centre Joe Wardle 4
5 Pat Richards Winger Aaron Murphy 18
6 Blake Green Stand Off Danny Brough 6
24 Sam Powell Scrum Half Luke Robinson 7
21 Scott Taylor Prop Eorl Crabtree 8
9 Mike McIlorum Hooker Shaun Lunt 9
10 Lee Mossop Prop Craig Kopczak 10
11 Harrison Hansen 2nd Row Brett Ferress 11
12 Liam Farrell 2nd Row Michael Lawrence 14
16 Chris Tuson L.Forward Dale Ferguson 21
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4 Jack Hughes Substitute David Faiumu 13
8 Epalahame Lauaki Substitute Larne Patrick 15
20 Gil Dudson Substitute Jason Chan 16
23 Logan Tomkins Substitute Kyle Wood 32
- Shaun Wane Coach Paul Anderson -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 12 --- Huddersfield Giants 30

Tries (2):
Sam Powell
Josh Charnley

---

Tries (5):
Aaron Murphy 2
Jason Chan
Brett Ferres
Scott Grix

Goals:
Pat Richards 2/2
--- Goals:
Danny Brough 5/7

Scoring and Incident Pattern

03mins:04 Wigan 04 Huddersfield 00 Try: Sam Powell
- Wigan 06 Huddersfield 00

Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)

14mins:56 Wigan 06 Huddersfield 04 Try: Aaron Murphy
- Wigan 06 Huddersfield 06 Conversion: Danny Brough (1/1)
27mins:05 Wigan 10 Huddersfield 06 Try: Josh Charnley
- Wigan 12 Huddersfield 06

Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)

30mins:33 Wigan 12 Huddersfield 10 Try: Jason Chan
- Wigan 12 Huddersfield 12 Conversion: Danny Brough (2/2)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 12 Huddersfield Giants 12
42mins:10 Wigan 12 Huddersfield 16 Try: Brett Ferres
- Wigan 12 Huddersfield 16 D.Brough Missed Conversion (2/3)
45mins:39 Wigan 12 Huddersfield 16 D.Brough Missed Penalty Goal (2/4)
57mins:55 Wigan 12 Huddersfield 20 Try: Scott Grix
- Wigan 12 Huddersfield 22 Conversion: Danny Brough (3/5)
66mins:52 Wigan 12 Huddersfield 26 Try: Aaron Murphy (2)
- Wigan 12 Huddersfield 28 Conversion: Danny Brough (4/6)
75mins:14 Wigan 12 Huddersfield 30 Penalty Goal: Danny Brough (5/7)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 12 Huddersfield Giants 30

Video Highlights

Referee

James Child (Video Referee: Richard Silverwood)

Match Attendance

19,620

Weather

Dry Night.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 18 - Round 24

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Huddersfield Giants 24 19 0 5 779 437 +342 38
2 Warrington Wolves 24 18 1 5 787 417 +370 37
3 Wigan Warriors 24 17 1 6 769 384 +385 35
4 Leeds Rhinos 24 16 1 7 660 473 +187 33
5 St Helens 24 13 1 10 598 483 +115 27
6 Catalan Dragons 24 12 2 10 573 562 +11 26
7 Hull FC 24 11 2 11 588 479 +109 24
8 Hull Kingston Rovers 24 12 0 12 582 678 -96 24
9 Bradford Bulls 24 9 2 13 538 586 -48 20
10 Wakefield Wildcats 24 9 1 14 612 651 -39 19
11 Widnes Vikings 24 7 2 15 619 809 -190 16
12 Castleford Tigers 24 7 2 15 580 781 -201 16
13 Salford City Reds 24 6 1 17 389 867 -478 *11*
14 London Broncos 24 3 2 19 421 888 -467 8

Top Eight Qualify for the Play Offs
*Salford deducted two points for fielding 14 men during a match.

Round 24 Results
Fri 9 Aug St Helens 38 London Broncos 10 9,926
Fri 9 Aug Salford City Reds 16 Leeds Rhinos 42 3,235
Fri 9 Aug Wigan Warriors 12 Huddersfield Giants 30 19,620
Sat 10 Aug Warrington Wolves 26 Wakefield Wildcats 14 9,250
Sun 11 Aug Bradford Bulls 22 Catalan Dragons 23 7,850
Sun 11 Aug Hull Kingston Rovers 20 Hull FC 38 8,874
Sun 11 Aug Widnes Vikings 38 Castleford Tigers 42 5,155

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