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
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
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
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
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