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
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
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
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
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
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.