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Match Report: Wigan 14 Huddersfield 10
Posted by Bilko on August 18 2006 - 22:03

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Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants. Engage Super League XI Rd 25.
Friday 18th August 2006. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium.

Thoughts on the Match

Well for most of this match Wigan faced the prospect of one of our own players, Kevin Brown, sending us towards relegation.

Why, Kevin (on loan to Huddersfield from Wigan) played I've no idea but his try had Huddersfield in control for a good chunk of this match.

Thankfully we came away with the two points and with Wakefield's two point defeat at home to Leeds we are guaranteed to finish this weekend in 8th spot.

This was an unbelievably poor performance after last week. Complacent, now doubt about it. I was myself though to be fair. For 21 minutes of the second half it was 8-8 and I should have been sweating in our position. But I wasn't, well not until Hudds crept 10-8 in the lead.

So panicky in attack, but the defence was superb. I just hope we take this rock solid defence into next season, because we will be a force to be reckoned with.

So at the end of the night I think this is the result that will keep us up. We won't play this bad against Bradford. The week off is perhaps what we need right now. Time to restock and start again in two weeks.

Story of the Match

I'd love to know what the error count was because it must have been well into double figures for Wigan.

Huddersfield went into the game without Paul Reilly, Chris Thorman, Brad Drew and Martin Aspinwall which perhaps did Wigan no favours. Perhaps we expect them to have an eye on the cup final?

But Huddersfield were led magnificently by Robbie Paul. I've never been a fan of him but he was excellent tonight.

The rain arrived just in time for kick off and made handling difficult. Both sides struggled to hold on to the ball early doors.

It was an handling error which created the first try for Kevin Brown of Wigan, for Huddersfield. Why he was allowed to play I don't know. This was his 5th try in 7 matches at the Giants, adding to his already impressive try scoring record here at the JJB. I wouldn't let him go but many will disagree with me on that.

Anyway Nathan McAvoy knocked on a bomb from Robbie Paul and Brown simply pounced on the loose ball. Michael De Vere converted to make it 6-0.

Wigan soon responded. Bryan Fletcher loves the JJB Stadium. He has scored seven tries this year, all at the JJB and one each in the last six home matches. Fletcher powered over the line from close range and with Michael Dobson's conversion the score was tied at 6-6 with 22 minutes gone.

Before half time both sides kicked penalties to make it 8-8. Then right on the hooter Wigan broke away down the left. Harrison Hansen got clear but was hauled down by Bolu Fagborun who did brilliant to chase down from the opposite wing. Hansen had support and tried to offload to them but his pass went forward and the hooter sounded leaving it at 8-8.

The second half was very tight. Wigan were creating opportunities but kept knocking on or producing a poor kick. One break down the middle should have been finished but resulted in a knock on about 2 metres from the try line.

Huddersfield were being defended away from the try line but did retake the lead with a penalty on the hour which made it 10-8 to them.

Nerves started jangling. Luck was not going our way. A drop goal attempt from Paul was charged down and if it had fell to us we'd have been away for the score. It didn't and Hudds got six to go in good territory. Little instances like that made us all feel like it wouldn't be our day.

Until 7 minutes from time. Wigan drove and drove before Danny Orr went over under the sticks. It was a bigger roar than last week I can tell you. Dobson converted 14-10.

Time was ticking but a Wigan error inside their own half left us having to defend close to our own line. Huddersfield went oh so close but a knock on from them with about a minute to go gifted us an underserved win and two vital points which leaves them in danger and us possibly out of it.

14,092 - Brilliant attendance. Especially when you consider the Wakefield v Leeds attendance was a pathetic 3,697. The support tonight was perhaps the difference in us seeing this through.

Game Breaking Moment

Danny Orr with a crucial try in the 73rd Minute after Wigan had bombed opportunity after opportunity. It was not sealed though until the final hooter had sounded.

Top Player

Such a tough one will go for Danny Orr simply because his finish won it.

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "We didn't play the conditions particularly well and we made a tough game even tougher. The desire defensively was superb but it had to be."

Huddersfield Coach Jon Sharp: "They are facts - not comments on the referee. We felt we were playing against 14 people. I'm pretty pumped up about it and the players are devastated and I will be speaking to the powers that be. I thought the attitude was fantastic and you couldn't say the cup final was on anyone's mind. I thought they put their bodies on the line and were very good. I thought Robbie Paul was absolutely brilliant and played like the leader he is. "

Team Sheets

-WiganPositionHuddersfield-
29Chris AshtonFull BackStuart Donlan5
3Pat RichardsWingerMichael De Vere4
35Nathan McAvoyCentreChris Nero11
4David VaealikiCentreStephen Wild13
2Mark CalderwoodWingerBolu Fagborun24
6Danny OrrStand OffKevin Brown27
20Michael DobsonScrum HalfTom Hemingway23
10Iafeta PaleaaesinaPropPaul Jackson15
9Mick HighamHookerRobbie Paul7
37Stuart FieldenPropJames Gannon10
11Gareth Hock2nd RowEorl Crabtree8
12Bryan Fletcher2nd RowPaul Smith17
13Sean O'LoughlinL.ForwardAndy Raleigh20
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8Scott LoganSubstituteSteve Snitch12
15Danny TickleSubstituteStuart Jones14
18Wayne GodwinSubstituteWayne McDonald15
19Harrison HansenSubstituteKeith Mason26

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 14 Huddersfield Giants 10
Tries (2):
Bryan Fletcher
Danny Orr
-Tries (1):
Kevin Brown
Goals:
Michael Dobson 3/3
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Goals:
Michael De Vere 3/3

Scoring and Incident Pattern

17th MinuteWigan 00 Huddersfield 04Try: Kevin Brown
-Wigan 00 Huddersfield 06Conversion: Michael De Vere (1/1)
21st MinuteWigan 04 Huddersfield 06Try: Bryan Fletcher
-Wigan 06 Huddersfield 06Conversion: Michael Dobson (1/1)
35th MinuteWigan 06 Huddersfield 08Penalty Goal: Michael De Vere (2/2)
39th MinuteWigan 08 Huddersfield 08Penalty Goal: Michael Dobson (2/2)
Half TimeWigan Warriors 08 Huddersfield Giants 08
61st MinuteWigan 08 Huddersfield 10Penalty Goal: Michael De Vere (3/3)
73rd MinuteWigan 12 Huddersfield 10Try: Danny Orr
-Wigan 14 Huddersfield 10Conversion: Michael Dobson (3/3)
Full TimeWigan Warriors 14 Huddersfield Giants 10

Video Highlights

Other Information

Referee: Karl Kirkpatrick (Warrington)
Attendance: 14,092
Weather: Drizzly fine Rain.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 11 Round 25

-TeamPWDLFADiffPts
1St Helens252104813370+44342
2Hull FC251906664502+16238
3Leeds Rhinos251708737461+27634
4Bradford Bulls*251528732480+25230
5Salford City Reds2512013538459+7924
6Warrington Wolves2512013671615+5624
7Harlequins259115473748-27519
8Wigan Warriors*2510015538652-11418
9Huddersfield Giants259016535681-14618
10Castleford Tigers258116515901-38617
11Wakefield Wildcats258017530634-10416
12Les Catalans Dragons258017565788-22316

*Wigan and Bradford both Deducted 2 Points for 2005 Salary Cap Breach

Round 25 Results
Fri 18 AugBradford Bulls 48 Castleford Tigers 1010,576
Fri 18 AugWakefield Wildcats 12 Leeds Rhinos 143,697
Fri 18 AugWigan Warriors 14 Huddersfield Giants 1014,092
Sat 19 AugWarrington Wolves 28 Harlequins 227,375
Sat 19 AugCatalan Dragons 26 St Helens 224,551
Sun 20 AugHull FC 11 Salford City Reds 1010,172

Comments
warriors fan dean on August 19 2006 - 20:51
Hi there, Im a warriors fan and i went to the game last night. It was a nail biter 4 sure, all the lads did great but i agree kevin is a little trater.
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