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Match Report: Huddersfield 14 Wigan 46
Posted by Bilko on April 23 2006 - 02:27

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Huddersfield Giants v Wigan Warriors, Engage Super League XI Round 11
Saturday 22nd April 2006. Kick Off 6:00pm at Galpharm Stadium.

Thoughts on the Match

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?

Story of the Match

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.

Game Breaker

Two tries either side of half time, whilst Stuart Donlan was in the Sin Bin, provided the platform for Wigan to ease to victory.

Top Player

Nice to have a fair few to choose from for once. The forwards were superb, Feka, Fletcher and Locky in particular as were Danny Orr and Pat Richards in the backs but I'll choose Dennis Moran. He was at the heartbeat of all our attacking play and produced a brilliant kicking game. But we need to see that kind of performance more often.

Reaction to the Action

New Wigan Coach Brian Noble: "It was down to the players, they were very determined. I asked them to make some decisions, and they made those decisions - to be what they could be. I'm pleased for them, but it's only the start for us. Let's not forget we're still bottom of the league. I'm really pleased, though, there's a lot of happy people in there. But they'll recognise there's some work to do on Monday and Tuesday when we show them the pictures. I think you could see (Huddersfield) were a little bit jaded, and that can happen when you play Bradford (Huddersfield's last opponents) because they are a big side. They are a very physical team and it can take a lot of juice out of you. But that would be taking a little bit away from what Wigan did."

Giants coach Jon Sharp: "I think it must be a unique record - we played against Hull when they'd just appointed a new coach, we played against Bradford when the great coach they've had is leaving, and we come up against Wigan when they've just appointed a new coach. All in the space of three games. Emotionally we've come up against teams that are highly motivated and all with a point to prove."

Team Sheets

-HuddersfieldPositionWigan-
5Stuart DonlanFull BackChris Ashton29
2Martin AspinwallWingerPat Richards3
3James EvansCentreKevin Brown14
4Michael De VereCentreDarrell Goulding24
21Matt GardnerWingerBrett Dallas5
6Chris ThormanStand OffDanny Orr6
7Robbie PaulScrum HalfDennis Moran7
15Paul JacksonPropIafeta Paleaaesina10
9Brad DrewHookerMick Higham9
10James GannonPropJerry Seuseu17
11Chris Nero2nd RowBryan Fletcher12
8Eorl Crabtree2nd RowJordan James34
13Stephen WildL.ForwardSean O'Loughlin13
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12Steve SnitchSubstituteDanny Tickle15
14Stuart JonesSubstituteBryn Hargreaves16
16Paul MarchSubstituteWayne Godwin18
20Andy RaleighSubstituteOliver Wilkes32

Score Sheet

Huddersfield Giants 14 Wigan Warriors 46
Tries (3):
James Evans
Martin Aspinwall
Chris Thorman
-Tries (9):
Danny Orr
Pat Richards 2
Chris Ashton
Brett Dallas 2
Danny Tickle
Sean O'Loughlin
Mick Higham
Goals:
Chris Thorman 1/4
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Goals:
Pat Richards 2/3
Danny Tickle 3/6

Scoring and Incident Pattern

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

Video Highlights

Other Information

Referee: Karl Kirkpatrick (Warrington)
Attendance: 5,236
Weather: Dry, nice day.

Television

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 11 Round 11

-TeamPWDLFADiffPts
1St Helens111100327116+21122
2Leeds Rhinos11902370147+22318
3Bradford Bulls11713284204+8315
4Salford City Reds11704246162+8414
5Warrington Wolves11605273203+7012
6Hull FC11605274276-212
7Wakefield Wildcats11407261280-198
8Huddersfield Giants11407260306-468
9Harlequins11317178338-1607
10Les Catalans Dragons11308257360-1036
11Castleford Tigers11308220445-2256
12Wigan Warriors11209222338-1164

Round 11 Results
Fri 21 Apr Leeds Rhinos 42 Castleford Tigers 6 14,054
Fri 21 Apr Salford City Reds 10 St Helens 12 7,234
Sat 22 Apr Catalan Dragons 28 Hull FC 34 6,877
Sat 22 Apr Huddersfield Giants 14 Wigan Warriors 46 5,236
Sun 23 Apr Warrington Wolves 27 Bradford Bulls 4 10,822
Sun 23 Apr Wakefield Wildcats 42 Harlequins 22 3,527

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