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Match Report: Wigan 8 Huddersfield 24
Posted by Bilko on February 08 2014 - 00:24

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Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants - First Utility Super League 19 - Round 1
Friday 7th February 2014
. Kick Off 8:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Report

After a good pre season, I must admit I was confident of a good start to the season here but Wigan began the defence of their title with a flat display against Huddersfield.

Perhaps it shouldn't have been a surprise. Wigan have now only won 2 of their last 9 home openers and Huddersfield have won 6 of their last 7 visits to DW Stadium.

This performance unravelled pre match with first Sean O'Loughlin withdrawing from the originally announced starting line up then Mike McIlorum pulling up injured as well. Both had tweaked ham-strings but I suspect with a World Club Challenge on the horizon we were erring on the cautious side.

That disruption meant Ben Flower switched to loose forward and Eddy Pettybourne started instead of being on the bench. That was a switch that, for me, left us too weak on the bench.

McIlorum was clearly lame and whilst I appreciate Jack Hughes will do a job for us at times, I'm not convinced by him as a regular. Not the kind of impact that we require off the interchange. I thought Pettybourne was quite disappointing also, having impressed in the friendly at St Helens.

The other problem for Wigan was attacking flow. It was a pretty unsettled back five and they didn't find any rhythm compared to Huddersfield, who had 15 of 17 players who were regulars for them last season.

It was the right result in the end BUT at 12-8 Wigan had a big opportunity and it was so disappointing that we conceded within two minutes of getting back to within one try. Clever though Huddersfield at that kick off. They noticed McIlorum had come on, kicked into the area of the field he was defending and caught him very cold on the short kick off.

Soon as they got 18-8, the game was dusted. They lifted from that and saw out the game comfortably.

Wigan had too many players lacking intensity and perhaps that is understandable with the side making the long trip to New Zealand less than 24 hours after the final whistle.

Shaun Wane is correct to point out that we had a similar defeat to Huddersfield two weeks before Wembley last season, so we could well click into gear for the World Club Challenge but we'll need to play a hell of a lot better than this.

Matty Smith needs to find some variation in his kicking game also. His tactic was to bomb the sometimes dodgy Aaron Murphy all night but Murphy was dealing with it all. He needed to realise that the plan wasn't working and change it. The one time he kicked elsewhere, Jermaine McGillvary knocked on and we scored off it.

Wigan did have some minor positives. Thought Dan Sarginson had a great second half. Never gave up on that result. Defence on that side he and Iain Thornley defended though was a big concern. Thought Joe Burgess took his try superbly.

All in all though, this was the right result. I know Wigan can play far better and given our natural poor starts at home, it isn't a big concern for me. Huddersfield did the basics better on the night and were more clinical in attack. I just except that the World Club Challenge is bound to be a distraction, especially given its away in Australia. Players don't want to get injured and if your 10% off your game mentality, a good team like Huddersfield will punish.....and they did!

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Huddersfield 1
1 Matty Bowen Full Back Scott Grix 1
32 Joe Burgess

Winger

Jermaine McGillvary 2
3 Darrell Goulding Centre Leroy Cudjoe 3
23 Dan Sarginson Centre Joe Wardle 4
4 Iain Thornley Winger Aaron Murphy 5
6 Blake Green Stand Off Danny Brough 6
7 Matty Smith Scrum Half Luke Robinson 7
8 Scott Taylor Prop Eorl Crabtree 8
19 Sam Powell Hooker Shaun Lunt 9
22

Eddy Pettybourne

Prop

Antonio Kaufusi

20
12 Liam Farrell 2nd Row Brett Ferres 11
24 Tony Clubb 2nd Row Larne Patrick 15
10 Ben Flower L.Forward Chris Bailey 13
-
9 Mike McIlorum Substitute Craig Kopczak 10
14 Jack Hughes Substitute Michael Lawrence 14
16 Gil Dudson Substitute Ukuma Ta'ai 17
17 Dom Crosby Substitute Kyle Wood 18
- Shaun Wane Coach Paul Anderson -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 8 --- Huddersfield Giants 24

Tries (3):
Iain Thornley
Joe Burgess

---

Tries (5):
Brett Ferres
Jermaine McGillvary 3
Scott Grix

Goals:
Matty Smith 0/2
--- Goals:
Danny Brough 2/5

Scoring and Incident Pattern

04mins:42 Wigan 00 Huddersfield 04 Try: Brett Ferres
- Wigan 00 Huddersfield 04 Missed Conv: Danny Brough (0/1)
16mins:20 Wigan 00 Huddersfield 08 Try: Jermaine McGillvary
- Wigan 00 Huddersfield 08 Missed Conv: Danny Brough (0/2)
28mins:53 Wigan 00 Huddersfield 12 Try: Jermaine McGillvary (2)
- Wigan 00 Huddersfield 12 Missed Conv: Danny Brough (0/3)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 00 Huddersfield Giants 12
44mins:28 Wigan 04 Huddersfield 12 Try: Iain Thornley
- Wigan 04 Huddersfield 12 Missed Conv: Matty Smith (0/1)
49mins:46 Wigan 08 Huddersfield 12 Try: Joe Burgess
- Wigan 08 Huddersfield 12 Missed Conv: Matty Smith (0/2)
52mins:18 Wigan 08 Huddersfield 16 Try: Jermaine McGillvary (3)
- Wigan 08 Huddersfield 18 Conversion: Danny Brough (1/4)
70mins:21 Wigan 08 Huddersfield 22 Try: Scott Grix
- Wigan 08 Huddersfield 24 Conversion: Danny Brough (2/5)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 08 Huddersfield Giants 24

Video Highlights

Referee

Richard Silverwood

Penalties Conceded

Wigan 6 Huddersfield 8

Match Attendance

16,240

Weather

Dry but windy and cold.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 19 - Round 1

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Widnes Vikings 1 1 0 0 64 10 +54 2
2 St Helens 1 1 0 0 38 8 +30 2
3 Leeds Rhinos 1 1 0 0 34 6 +28 2
4 Castleford Tigers 1 1 0 0 36 18 +18 2
5 Huddersfield Giants 1 1 0 0 24 8 +16 2
6 Salford Red Devils 1 1 0 0 18 14 +4 2
7 Hull FC 1 1 0 0 36 34 +2 2
8 Catalan Dragons 1 0 0 1 34 36 -2 0
9 Wakefield Wildcats 1 0 0 1 14 18 -4 0
10 Wigan Warriors 1 0 0 1 8 24 -16 0
11 Bradford Bulls 1 0 0 1 18 36 -18 0
12 Hull Kingston Rovers 1 0 0 1 6 34 -28 0
13 Warrington Wolves 1 0 0 1 8 38 -30 0
14 London Broncos 1 0 0 1 10 64 -54 0

Top 8 Qualify for the Play Offs / Bottom Two Relegated

Round 1 Results
Fri 7 Feb Wigan Warriors 8 Huddersfield Giants 24 16,240
Thu 13 Feb Warrington Wolves 8 St Helens 38 13,157
Fri 14 Feb Hull FC 36 Catalan Dragons 34 11,400
Sun 16 Feb Bradford Bulls 18 Castleford Tigers 36 8,214
Sun 16 Feb Hull Kingston Rovers 6 Leeds Rhinos 34 11,526
Sun 16 Feb Salford Red Devils 18 Wakefield Wildcats 14 7,102
Sun 16 Feb Widnes Vikings 64 London Broncos 10 5,327

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