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Match Report: Huddersfield 14 Wigan 46
Posted by Bilko on April 23 2006 - 03:27

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Saturday 22nd April 2006
Huddersfield Giants 14 Wigan Warriors 46
Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield
Engage Super League 11 - Round 11 of 28

Kick Off 6:05pm


- Wigan       - Huddersfield    
29 Chris Ashton  T      5 Stuart Donlan    
3 Pat Richards  T2   G2    2 Martin Aspinwall  T   
14 Kevin Brown       3

James Evans

24 Darrell Goulding       4 Michael De Vere    
5 Brett Dallas  T2      21 Matt Gardner    
6 Danny Orr  T      6 Chris Thorman  T   G 
7 Dennis Moran       7 Robbie Paul    
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina       15 Paul Jackson    
9 Mick Higham  T      9 Brad Drew    
17 Jerry Seuseu       10 Jim Gannon    
34 Jordan James       11 Chris Nero    
12 Bryan Fletcher       8 Eorl Crabtree    
13 Sean O'Loughlin  T      13 Stephen Wild    
15 Danny Tickle  T   G3    12 Steve Snitch    
16 Bryn Hargreaves       14 Stuart Jones    
18 Wayne Godwin       16 Paul March    
32 Oliver Wilkes       20 Andy Raleigh    


No real surprise to see us play like that. Potentially it was in us. But I'm just thinking where has that been all season?

Witnessing that performance tonight leaves it unfathomable how on earth we played so bad last Monday.

It simply is a mental issue and clearly Brian Noble, in just two days, has got them listening. He has instilled belief, which just wasn't there under Ian Millward.

Fans of other clubs might say, yeah don't get carried away and perhaps rightly so but I've already seen enough in just 80 minutes to tell me that under Noble this team will not be relegated.

And why the optimism? Well because there were two key positives that we can take from this game.

Firstly, after conceding the first try we did not mentally collapse. We've seen it so often this year. But not tonight.

Secondly, four first half and five second half tries shows that for the first time this season we produced an good 80 minute performance.

Those two positives are what tells me we will start to move up the table. I don't expect play offs or anything like that but relegation? No way.

Perhaps though we caught Huddersfield at the right time, as they were on a 3 match losing streak and had played only on Tuesday? I suppose we'll find out the answer to that next week. Can we back this up with victory in Hull?

Huddersfield got on the scoreboard first with a 3rd Minute try from centre James Evans after we had knocked on in the first set of six but neither the players or the fantastic travelling army from Wigan thought, hmmm is this going to be one of those days again?

We all seemed to believe we would win this and the players began to produce the goods.

It was neat combination between the halfbacks Dennis Moran and Danny Orr which saw us level the scores in the 11th minute. Moran's neat pass sent Orr over and Pat Richards converted to make it 6-4 Wigan.

Then minutes later Richards scored himself. A pass out wide from Bryan Fletcher saw Pat out power defending winger Matt Gardner. He scored but didn't convert, 10-4 Wigan.

On 20 minutes, 35 metres out, Huddersfield received a penalty and elected to kick for goal but Thorman missed. Strange decision to kick at goal whilst losing and from so far out but perhaps this was a sign of the Giants lack of confidence?

Wigan made them pay by hitting them with another try on 24 minutes. Darrell Goulding had been held up but it didn't matter as Chris Ashton soon touched down. Ashton continues to consistently score tries and he does not look out of place at full back. In a dismal season so far he has been a huge positive. Richards converted to stretch our lead to 16-4.

Huddersfield soon hit back with a try from ex Warrior Martin Aspinwall. A touchline conversion from Thorman made it 16-10. The try could have provided another mental blow to the Wigan lads. But they didn't falter and just got on with the task in hand.

They were helped though by the Giants who kicked the ball out on the full from the restart. This allowed Wigan to immediately hit back with a second try for Richards, as he again collected a kick into the corner from Moran. Danny Tickle on from the subs bench took over kicking duties but missed the conversion, 20-10 Wigan.

The game was still in the balance but a try right on half time put us in full control.

A loose ball was collected by Moran and on the break he looked to have sent Richards away for his hatrick. But he was caught by Stuart Donlan who held on to him for too long and was subsequently sin binned.

The extra man proved the difference as a long ball out wide from Bryan Fletcher sent Brett Dallas over in the corner. Tickle's conversion sent us in at the break with a 26-10 lead.

All season we'd seen Wigan produce 40 minute performances, whether it be a good first half or good second half. So you just wondered can we keep this up?

We sure did. Minutes in the second half Moran's kicking was causing the Giants more problems. Only a one on one ball steal from ex Warrior Stephen Wild denied Kevin Brown a try before Tickle scored.

Again it was Moran the creator as he provided the pass with sent Tickle away for an easy score. But he didn't convert his own try so it was 30-10.

Donlan returned from the sin bin but the damage was now too much to repair for the Giants and Wigan's new found confidence began to ooze.

Sean O'Loughlin scored in the 51st minute as he took advantage from obstruction by referee Karl Kirkpatrick. Locky took Wayne Godwin's pass and Huddersfield couldn't get at him because the ref was in the way. I'd have been fuming if that was us but when your lucks in you've got to take advantage.

Two minutes later Dallas scored his second try as he took advantage of a great run from Brown. Tickle converted one of the two and that made it 40-10.

Wigan continued to try and stretch their lead with both Feka Palea'asina and Fletcher held up over the line. Mick Higham was not to be denied though as he scored with 9 minutes to go. Tickle converted, 46-10.

Hitting 50 would have been the cherry and on top of the cake but it was Huddersfield who had the last say in the match as Thorman scored six minutes from time.

02mins:11Huddersfield 04Wigan 00Try: James Evans
-Huddersfield 04Wigan 00C.Thorman Missed Conversion (0/1)
10mins:51Huddersfield 04Wigan 04Try: Danny Orr
-Huddersfield 04Wigan 06Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
14mins:03Huddersfield 04Wigan 10Try: Pat Richards
-Huddersfield 04Wigan 10P.Richards Missed Conversion (1/2)
19mins:26Huddersfield 04Wigan 10C.Thorman Missed Penalty Goal (0/2)
23mins:19Huddersfield 04Wigan 14Try: Chris Ashton
-Huddersfield 04Wigan 16Conversion: Pat Richards (2/3)
27mins:27Huddersfield 08Wigan 16Try: Martin Aspinwall
-Huddersfield 10Wigan 16Conversion: Chris Thorman (1/3)
30mins:12Huddersfield 10Wigan 20Try: Pat Richards
-Huddersfield 10Wigan 20D.Tickle Missed Conversion (0/1)
38mins:27Huddersfield Sin BinStuart Donlan (Holding Down)
39mins:15Huddersfield 10Wigan 24Try: Brett Dallas
-Huddersfield 10Wigan 26Conversion: Danny Tickle (1/2)
Half TimeHuddersfield Giants 10 Wigan Warriors 26
45mins:10Huddersfield 10Wigan 30Try: Danny Tickle
-Huddersfield 10Wigan 30D.Tickle Missed Conversion (1/3)
50mins:25Huddersfield 10Wigan 34Try: Sean O'Loughlin
-Huddersfield 10Wigan 36Conversion: Danny Tickle (2/4)
54mins:13Huddersfield 10Wigan 40Try: Brett Dallas
-Huddersfield 10Wigan 40D.Tickle Missed Conversion (2/5)
70mins:09Huddersfield 10Wigan 44Try: Mick Higham
-Huddersfield 10Wigan 46Conversion: Danny Tickle (3/6)
73mins:31Huddersfield 14Wigan 46Try: Chris Thorman
-Huddersfield 14Wigan 46C.Thorman Missed Conversion (1/4)
Full TimeHuddersfield Giants 14 Wigan Warriors 46

Karl Kirkpatrick (Warrington)



Super League 11 - Round 11 Results
Fri 21 AprLeeds Rhinos 42 Castleford Tigers 614,054
Fri 21 AprSalford City Reds 10 St Helens 127,234
Sat 22 AprCatalan Dragons 28 Hull FC 346,877
Sat 22 AprHuddersfield Giants 14 Wigan Warriors 465,236
Sun 23 AprWarrington Wolves 27 Bradford Bulls 410,822
Sun 23 AprWakefield Wildcats 42 Harlequins 223,527

Engage Super League 11 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 St Helens 11 11 0 0 327 116 +211 22
2 Leeds Rhinos 11 9 0 2 370 147 +223 18
3 Bradford Bulls 11 7 1 3 284 204 +83 15
4 Salford City Reds 11 7 0 4 246 162 +84 14
5 Warrington Wolves 11 6 0 5 273 203 +70 12
6 Hull FC 11 6 0 5 274 276 -2 12
7 Wakefield Wildcats 11 4 0 7 261 280 -19 8
8 Huddersfield Giants 11 4 0 7 260 306 -46 8
9 Harlequins 11 3 1 7 178 338 -160 7
10 Catalan Dragons 11 3 0 8 257 360 -103 6
11 Castleford Tigers 11 3 0 8 220 445 -225 6
12 Wigan Warriors 11 2 0 9 222 338 -116 4

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