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Match Report: Huddersfield 41 Wigan 16
Posted by Bilko on April 16 2007 - 20:50

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Huddersfield Giants v Wigan Warriors. Engage Super League XII Rd 10.
Sunday 15th April 2007. Kick Off 3:00pm at Galpharm Stadium.

Thoughts on the Match

Yellow card

Maybe this is a new ploy by Wigan? Don't reward players with bonuses for scoring tries or winning games. Reward them for being sin binned! Because in 5 of our 6 away Super League matches we have been playing with 12 men. Easy to sit and blame the official but the players have to blame themselves.

Our discipline is shocking. Absolutely atrocious and its amazing really that we've managed to overcome those yellow cards on four occasions this year.

Not learning the lesson would inevitable lead to a comeuppance and it was Huddersfield who took advantage. 18-10 and in the game became 34-10 and game over whilst Mark Calderwood was taking a break.

I was guilty of expected the excellent second half showings from Wigan to appear once again and we'd come back and win. But it just didn't happen and we can't keep relying on that. I went up for my half time pint about 33 minutes and we led 10-8. 7 minutes later it was 18-10 to them and that and the sin binning was were we lost any opportunity to win.

Fair play to the Giants. They were fantastic I felt and ran us ragged with pace that we do not possess. Still not overly worried - the biggest thing about losing is how you bounce back in the next match. We showed a response at Leeds last Tuesday and I'd expect the same at home to Wakefield this Friday.

Story of the Match

Huddersfield Giants overpowered Wigan to secure their third straight win and lift themselves off the bottom of the engage Super League.

Warriors' Mark Calderwood was sin-binned after 47 minutes - a move which proved crucial to the outcome.

The home side held an 18-10 lead when Calderwood cynically fouled Stephen Wild as the second rower seemed certain to score a solo try after intercepting Thomas Leuluai's misplaced pass.

Huddersfield took full advantage against the 12 men. Paul Reilly scored after 52 minutes when Wigan's rugby union-bound full-back Chris Ashton dropped Chris Thorman's high kick near his own try-line.

Ryan Hudson also dived over while Wigan were a man short and Thorman added a penalty as the home side stormed into a 34-10 lead.

Thorman, who kicked eight goals in an outstanding personal display, then added a drop goal before Wigan's terrible afternoon was summed up by a mistake by Pat Richards.

The Wigan winger allowed Thorman's kick forward to slip through his legs - presenting Huddersfield loose forward Steve Snitch with an easy touchdown near the posts.

Earlier, Leuluai helped keep Wigan in contention by scoring a first-half try and then setting up a disputed score for David Vaealiki after 29 minutes.

The ex-Parramatta ace went over in the corner but appeared to ground the ball with an illegal double movement. Huddersfield's players protested but Steve Ganson allowed the try to stand.

That effort had Wigan in front at 10-8. Brad Drew put Huddersfield ahead early on before Wigan recovered to take the lead.

Eorl Crabtree burst through to put the Giants back in front after 33 minutes and then ex-Wigan centre Kevin Brown helped give the home side some breathing space just before half-time with the final pass in a flowing move started by Thorman that was finished off in the corner by Wild.

Leuluai added his second try for Wigan after 61 minutes. But there was little else for Warriors coach Brian Noble to cheer as the celebrations to mark one year in charge at the JJB Stadium fell flat.

Game Breaking Moment

The sin binning of Mark Calderwood on 46 minutes killed Wigan's hopes of victory. They had looked tired all afternoon and his 10 minute spell of the field turned the score from 18-10 to 34-10. You don't chase that back away from home in Super League playing like we did today.

Top Player

Errrm suppose David Vaealiki for his two scores.

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "The scoreboard reflected that it wasn't good for us, we were off the pace and second best. I think we were flat to boot, you hope that isn't going to happen. I thought we contributed to our own flatness because we gave ourself to much defence to do with the quality of our skill, our error account was very high again and we compounded that by being on the back end of a penalty count. In this weather and the games we have had, it's too hard.  St Helens and Leeds are two big emotional games and I thought we were flat today. Let's not take anything away from Huddersfield we were second best. They handled the conditions better, handled the ball better and kicked better than we did.  I thought we had made some big strides against Leeds and I didn't think we were too far away at certain times against St Helens but what we dished up today was loose and we can't accept that. (Bryan) Fletcher has a slight strain but should be OK for Friday, (Michael) Withers has a sore knee, hopefully he will be OK for Friday as well. Harrison Hansen took a knock but should be alright and Phil Bailey twisted his ankle so we will have to take a look at him."

Team Sheets

- Huddersfield Position Wigan -
1 Paul Reilly Full Back Chris Ashton 1
2 Martin Aspinwall Winger Mark Calderwood 2
11 Chris Nero Centre Phil Bailey 3
4 Kevin Brown Centre David Vaealiki 14
3 Jamaal Lolesi Winger Pat Richards 5
6 Chris Thorman Stand Off Trent Barrett 6
9 Brad Drew Scrum Half Thomas Leuluai 7
16 Keith Mason Prop Stuart Fielden 8
19 Ryan Hudson Hooker Shane Millard 16
10 John Skandalis Prop Iafeta Paleaaesina 10
13 Stephen Wild 2nd Row Gareth Hock 11
12 Andy Raleigh 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 19
20 Steve Snitch L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
- - - - -
8 Eorl Crabtree Substitute Mick Higham 9
14 Stuart Jones Substitute Paul Prescott 18
15 Paul Jackson Substitute Darrell Goulding 20
18 Darrell Griffin Substitute Eamon O'Carroll 24

Score Sheet

Huddersfield Giants 41 - Wigan Warriors 16
Tries (6):
Brad Drew
Eorl Crabtree
Stephen Wild
Paul Reilly
Ryan Hudson
Steve Snitch
- Tries (3):
Thomas Leuluai
David Vaealiki 2
Goals:
Chris Thomas 8/9
- Goals:
Pat Richards 2/3
Drop Goals:
Chris Thomas 1
- -

Scoring and Incident Pattern

10th Minute Huddersfield 04 Wigan 00 Try: Brad Drew
- Huddersfield 06 Wigan 00 Conversion: Chris Thorman (1/1)
14th Minute Huddersfield 06 Wigan 04 Try: Thomas Leuluai
- Huddersfield 06 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
20th Minute Huddersfield 08 Wigan 06 Penalty Goal: Chris Thorman (2/2)
29th Minute Huddersfield 08 Wigan 10 Try: David Vaealiki
- Huddersfield 08 Wigan 10 P.Richards Missed Conversion (1/2)
33rd Minute Huddersfield 12 Wigan 10 Try: Eorl Crabtree
- Huddersfield 12 Wigan 10 C.Thorman Missed Conversion (2/3)
39th Minute Huddersfield 16 Wigan 10 Try: Stephen Wild
- Huddersfield 18 Wigan 10 Conversion: Chris Thorman (3/4)
Half Time Huddersfield Giants 18 Wigan Warriors 10
47th Minute Wigan Sin Bin Mark Calderwood (Holding Down)
48th Minute Huddersfield 20 Wigan 10 Penalty Goal: Chris Thorman (4/5)
52nd Minute Huddersfield 24 Wigan 10 Try: Paul Reilly
- Huddersfield 26 Wigan 10 Conversion: Chris Thorman (5/6)
55th Minute Huddersfield 28 Wigan 10 Penalty Goal: Chris Thorman (6/7)
57th Minute Huddersfield 32 Wigan 10 Try: Ryan Hudson
- Huddersfield 34 Wigan 10 Conversion: Chris Thorman (7/8)
61st Minute Huddersfield 34 Wigan 14 Try: David Vaealiki (2)
- Huddersfield 34 Wigan 14 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/3)
69th Minute Huddersfield 35 Wigan 16 Drop Goal: Chris Thorman
73rd Minute Huddersfield 39 Wigan 16 Try: Steve Snitch
- Huddersfield 41 Wigan 16 Conversion: Chris Thorman (8/9)
Full Time Huddersfield Giants 41 Wigan Warriors 16

Referee

Steve Ganson (St Helens)

Match Attendance

7,170

Match Weather

Sunny.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 12 Round 10

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 St Helens 10 7 0 3 315 153 +162 14
2 Bradford Bulls 10 7 0 3 324 229 +95 14
3 Leeds Rhinos 10 7 0 3 254 180 +74 14
4 Wakefield Wildcats 10 5 1 4 247 256 -9 11
5 Harlequins 10 4 2 4 210 199 +11 10
6 Wigan Warriors 10 5 0 5 193 221 -28 10
7 Warrington Wolves 10 5 0 5 208 282 -74 10
8 Hull FC 10 4 1 5 189 188 +1 9
9 Catalans Dragons 10 4 1 5 188 255 -67 9
10 Hull Kingston Rovers 10 4 0 6 171 261 -90 8
11 Huddersfield Giants 10 3 0 7 219 172 +47 6
12 Salford City Reds 10 2 1 7 176 298 -122 5

Round 10 Results
Fri 13 Apr St Helens 53 Catalan Dragons 10 7,918
Fri 13 Apr Salford City Reds 18 Hull FC 35 4,077
Sat 14 Apr Harlequins 22 Wakefield Wildcats 22 2,532
Sun 15 Apr Bradford Bulls 52 Hull Kingston Rovers 22 10,881
Sun 15 Apr Huddersfield Giants 41 Wigan Warriors 16 7,117
Sun 15 Apr Warrington Wolves 10 Leeds Rhinos 52 10,155

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