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Match Report: Wigan 36 Huddersfield 20
Posted by Bilko on February 24 2006 - 22:05

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Friday 24th February 2006
Wigan Warriors 36 Huddersfield Giants 28
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Engage Super League 11 - Round 3 of 28
Kick Off 8:00pm

- Wigan       - Huddersfield    
29 Chris Ashton  T      1 Paul Reilly    
2 Mark Calderwood       2 Martin Aspinwall    
3 Pat Richards       3 James Evans  T   
4 David Vaealiki       22 Albert Torrens  T   
5 Brett Dallas  T      4 Michael De Vere  T   G 
14 Kevin Brown  T      6 Chris Thorman    G 
7 Dennis Moran       7 Robbie Paul    
17 Jerry Seuseu       8 Eorl Crabtree    
18 Wayne Godwin  T      16 Paul March    
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina  T      18 Wayne McDonald    
19 Harrison Hansen  T      17 Paul Smith    
15 Danny Tickle    G6    14 Stuart Jones    
13 Sean O'Loughlin       13 Stephen Wild    
Interchange:
8 Scott Logan       9 Brad Drew    
9 Mick Higham       11 Chris Nero  T   
16 Bryn Hargreaves       12 Steve Snitch    
22 Joel Tomkins       15 Paul Jackson    

Report: 

Well this was an emphatic victory for Wigan but I was disappointed that we failed to kick on and win the second half.

First half we came out all guns blazing as we fired Huddersfield to submission.

Wigan totally dominated the first half. They got off to a great start with a 5th minute try from Chris Ashton. Ashton broke away down the right and out paced the cover defence for the score. Danny Tickle converted, 6-0 Wigan.

The second try on 9 minutes was created by a superb break from Dennis Moran. He himself the field position to eventually kicked towards the leftcorner for Kevin Brown to ground the ball over the line. Tickle again converted to make it 12-0.

Two minutes later it was 18-0. Mark Calderwood brake away from the kick off eventually drew a penalty as the Giants defence struggle to get back. Wigan took advantage of the field position and poor defence to send Harrison Hansen over. Tickle's conversion made it 18-0 after 13 minutes. Surely we wouldn't blow this one?

It just got better. In the 18th minute Iafeta Palea'asina scored to make it 22-0. He burst over from close range, batting away two would be tacklers. Superb play from Feka. He continued his impressive start to the year. Tickle kept up his 100% kicking record to make it 24-0.

Wigan on fire, 33rd minute it was 30-0. A flowing move was finished off by Brett Dallas in the corner. Tickle beautifully converted his most difficult kick of the night.

Wigan had a further chance to increase their lead but Mark Calderwood knocked on a begging try. Should have score it!

30-0 in 35 minutes? That's great form but personally I had that nagging doubt. I've seen so many matches thrown away in the last year that in was playing on my mind and clearly it was on the players minds as well.

Doubt set in as Huddersfield scored right on half time. Chris Nero the try scorer. Conversion was missed by Chris Thorman so the half time score was 30-4 to Wigan.

Despite the last gasp Giants try I expected Wigan to continue on in the second half and show that they can play for the full 80 minutes! But it didn't happen.

The Giants came up with the first try of the second half as centre James Evans scored. Michael De Vere converted to make it 30-10.

The doubt really did set in at this point. If Huddersfield have scored the next try it could have been another disaster.

Wigan began to show nerves, knocking on, on three consecutive sets but they managed to keep tight in defence.

The game was really sealed with the sin binning of Paul March for Holding Down in the 63rd Minute. Wigan scored four minutes later with Wayne Godwin going over under the sticks and another Tickle conversion gave me hope that we could win the second half.

But Huddersfield finished strongest with tries from Albert Torrens and De Vere which perhaps flattered them in the final 36-20 score line. The second of those tries, gifted to them by stupid play under our posts by Wigan. A far too cocky pass was thrown by someone and it was just not needed.

So Wigan win but second half defeat still leaves me disappointed. Another big test awaits next week at Salford.

Scoring: 
5th Minute Wigan 04 Huddersfield 00 Try: Chris Ashton
- Wigan 06 Huddersfield 00 Conversion: Danny Tickle (1/1)
9th Minute Wigan 10 Huddersfield 00 Try: Kevin Brown
- Wigan 12 Huddersfield 00 Conversion: Danny Tickle (2/2)
11th Minute Wigan 16 Huddersfield 00 Try: Harrison Hansen
- Wigan 18 Huddersfield 00 Conversion: Danny Tickle (3/3)
18th Minute Wigan 22 Huddersfield 00 Try: Iafeta Palea'asina
- Wigan 24 Huddersfield 00 Conversion: Danny Tickle (4/4)
33rd Minute Wigan 28 Huddersfield 00 Try: Brett Dallas
- Wigan 30 Huddersfield 00 Conversion: Danny Tickle (5/5)
40th Minute Wigan 30 Huddersfield 04

Try: Chris Nero

- Wigan 30 Huddersfield 04

C.Thorman Missed Conversion (0/1)

Half Time Wigan Warriors 30 Huddersfield Giants 04
43rd Minute Wigan 30 Huddersfield 08

Try: James Evans

- Wigan 30 Huddersfield 10

Conversion: Michael De Vere (1/1)

63rd Minute Huddersfield Sin Bin

Paul March (Holding Down)

67th Minute Wigan 34 Huddersfield 10 Try: Wayne Godwin
- Wigan 36 Huddersfield 10 Conversion: Danny Tickle (6/6)
72nd Minute Wigan 36 Huddersfield 14

Try: Albert Torrens

- Wigan 36 Huddersfield 14

M.De Vere Missed Conversion (1/2)

79th Minute Wigan 36 Huddersfield 18

Try: Michael De Vere

- Wigan 30 Huddersfield 20

Conversion: Chris Thorman (1/2)

Full Time Wigan Warriors 36 Huddersfield Giants 20
Referee: 

Phil Bentham (Warrington)

Attendance: 

11,623

Super League 11 - Round 3 Results
Fri 24 Feb Bradford Bulls 34 Salford City Reds 4 10,062
Fri 24 Feb St Helens 13 Leeds Rhinos 4 13,433
Fri 24 Feb Wigan Warriors 36 Huddersfield Giants 20 11,623
Sat 25 Feb Harlequins 6 Wakefield Wildcats 26 3,554
Sat 25 Feb Warrington Wolves 46 Hull FC 24 9,359
Sun 26 Feb Castleford Tigers 34 Catalan Dragons 28 5,825

Engage Super League 11 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 St Helens 3 3 0 0 97 28 +69 6
2 Bradford Bulls 3 2 1 0 72 36 +36 5
3 Hull FC 3 2 0 1 106 78 +28 4
4 Leeds Rhinos 3 2 0 1 48 41 +7 4
5 Salford City Reds 3 2 0 1 44 40 +4 4
6 Wigan Warriors 3 1 0 2 82 82 - 2
7 Warrington Wolves 3 1 0 2 72 74 -2 2
8 Wakefield Wildcats 3 1 0 2 54 66 -12 2
9 Catalan Dragons 3 1 0 2 66 80 -14 2
10 Huddersfield Giants 3 1 0 2 58 76 -18 2
11 Castleford Tigers 3 1 0 2 60 114 -54 2
12 Harlequins 3 0 1 2 40 84 -44 1

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