Well that was another patchy performance but personally I'll take
the win as we continue to ease ourselves into this season.
Particularly having been 16-10 down at half time. Huddersfield
should of fancied the second half from that lead, having won on six
of their last seven visits to Wigan in the regular season, but
never really kicked on second half.
No one can argue it was a pretty watch with 31 errors between the
sides over 80 minutes but the reason Wigan won was because they at
least stopped making those errors at the back end of the game when
the match was in the balance. That allowed them to push on and earn
Huddersfield took a 6-0 lead with a seventh minute barge over from
Anthony Mullally, to which Danny Brough converted for 6-0, and
Wigan really had to hang on over the next few minutes, lucky
perhaps not to go further behind.
They finally found some territory though and Joel Tomkins responded
with a try in the left corner but Sam Powell failed to convert, so
only 6-4. Later on 23 minutes John Bateman went in from close range
to make it 10-6 to Wigan after Ryan Hampshire converted.
Wigan had begun to pin Huddersfield down but immediately gifted
them the lead back, just two minutes after taking it, with an error
leading to a try for Jamie Ellis that Brough converted for 12-10 to
Sam Powell was sin binned soon after that for a clear chicken wing
tackle and Huddersfield spent pretty much the whole sin bin period
attacking the Wigan line.
Wigan had done well actually to keep them out for a while but the
pressure told with a try from Aaron Murphy. Although Danny Brough
failed to convert, Wigan were grateful for half time when it came
with just a 16-10 deficit.
If Huddersfield had scored next I think this game would have gone
away from Wigan quite quickly but they bombed two good
opportunities down their left but it was Wigan who found a try with
Joel Tomkins scoring his second after beating a pitiful tackle
attempt from Leroy Cudjoe. Kick was missed leaving the score at
16-14 to Huddersfield and they game went into a error-a-thon lull
up to the hour mark.
Then on 63 minutes came a kick off with Craig Huby and Ryan Sutton
attempting blows in the scrum. I'm not sure much connected but it
was great to see the 19 year old Sutton not being bullied by his
more experienced counterpart.
Both ended up being sin binned and five minutes later Wigan found
the lead. John Bateman broke clear from half way and chimed towards
the right wing. He ran and ran, making sure he committed every
defender in front of him, before timing his pass to the supporting
Mike McIlorum perfectly. Though another conversion was missed by
Hampshire, Wigan led 18-16.
To be honest they never looked like losing that lead but still we
were all grateful to have a two score lead on 73 minutes when
Sutton, just thirty seconds after returning from the sin bin,
crashed over near the sticks for Hampshire to convert for a 24-16
That lead was seen out and Wigan had made sure they hadn't suffered
an early season loss against Huddersfield like they had done in all
the previous three seasons. They still have plenty of improving to
do against Brisbane next time out. But it is better to seek
improvement whilst picking up league points, isn't it?