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Match Report: Wigan 24 Huddersfield 16
Posted by Bilko on February 18 2015 - 23:15

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Friday 13th February 2015
Wigan Warriors 24 Huddersfield Giants 16
DW Stadium, Wigan
First Utility Super League 20 - Round 2 of 23

Kick Off 8:00pm

 

- Wigan       - Huddersfield    
1 Matty Bowen       22 Jake Connor    
2 Josh Charnley       2 Jermaine McGillvary    
3 Anthony Gelling       3 Leroy Cudjoe    
11 Joel Tomkins  T2      4 Joe Wardle    
5 Joe Burgess       5 Aaron Murphy  T   
20 Ryan Hampshire    G2    6 Danny Brough    G2 
16 Sam Powell       20 Jamie Ellis  T   
8 Dom Crosby       19 Anthony Mullally  T   
9 Michael McIlorum  T      9 Shaun Lunt    
28

Ryan Sutton

 T      10

Craig Huby

   
14 John Bateman  T      11 Brett Ferres    
12 Liam Farrell       12 Jack Hughes    
13 Sean O'Loughlin       17 Ukuma Ta'ai    
Interchange:
17 Tony Clubb       7 Luke Robinson    
25 Larne Patrick       8 Eorl Crabtree    
26 Logan Tomkins       13 Chris Bailey    
31 Connor Farrell       15 Craig Kopczak    

Report: 

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 the victory.

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 Huddersfield.

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 lead.

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?

Scoring: 
06mins:28 Wigan 00 Huddersfield 04 Try: Anthony Mullally
Wigan 00 Huddersfield 06 Conversion: Danny Brough (1/1)
17mins:25 Wigan 04 Huddersfield 06 Try: Joel Tomkins
Wigan 04 Huddersfield 06 Missed Conv: Sam Powell (0/1)
23mins:13 Wigan 08 Huddersfield 06 Try: John Bateman
Wigan 10 Huddersfield 06 Conversion: Ryan Hampshire (1/1)
25mins:31 Wigan 10 Huddersfield 10 Try: Jamie Ellis
Wigan 10 Huddersfield 12 Conversion: Danny Brough (2/2)
27mins:27 Wigan Sin Bin Sam Powell (Chicken Wing Tackle)
35mins:37 Wigan 10 Huddersfield 16 Try: Aaron Murphy
Wigan 10 Huddersfield 16 Conversion: Danny Brough (2/2)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 10 Huddersfield Giants 16
50mins:42 Wigan 14 Huddersfield 16 Try: Joel Tomkins (2)
Wigan 14 Huddersfield 16 Missed Conv: Ryan Hampshire (1/2)
62mins:41 Huddersfield Sin Bin Craig Huby (Fighting)
62mins:41 Wigan Sin Bin Ryan Sutton (Fighting)
68mins:29 Wigan 18 Huddersfield 16 Try: Mike McIlorum
Wigan 18 Huddersfield 16 Missed Conv: Ryan Hampshire (1/3)
73mins:10 Wigan 22 Huddersfield 16 Try: Ryan Sutton
Wigan 24 Huddersfield 16 Conversion: Ryan Hampshire (2/4)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 24 Huddersfield Giants 16
Referee: 

Richard Silverwood

Attendance: 

12,488

Note: 

Wigan 6. George Williams was initially at Stand Off in Wigan line up but injured in warm up and replaced by 20. Ryan Hampshire.

First Utility Super League 20 - Round 2 Results
Thu 12 Feb Salford Red Devils 6 St Helens 52 4,975
Fri 13 Feb Hull FC 6 Warrington Wolves 7 12,000
Fri 13 Feb Leeds Rhinos 38 Widnes Vikings 6 14,132
Fri 13 Feb Wigan Warriors 24 Huddersfield Giants 16 12,448
Sat 14 Feb Catalan Dragons 13 Castleford Tigers 12 6,584
Sun 15 Feb Wakefield Wildcats 44 Hull Kingston Rovers 24 5,320

First Utility Super League 20 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 St Helens 2 2 0 0 70 13 +57 4
2 Leeds Rhinos 2 2 0 0 78 36 +42 4
3 Wakefield Wildcats 2 2 0 0 68 46 +22 4
4 Warrington Wolves 2 2 0 0 29 14 +15 4
5 Wigan Warriors 2 1 1 0 46 38 +8 3
6 Hull FC 2 1 0 1 25 7 +18 2
7 Catalan Dragons 2 1 0 1 20 30 -10 2
8 Widnes Vikings 2 0 1 1 28 60 -32 1

Top 8 Qualify for "Super 8s" after Round 23 / Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs

9 Castleford Tigers 2 0 0 2 34 37 -3 0
10 Huddersfield Giants 2 0 0 2 16 43 -27 0
11 Hull Kingston Rovers 2 0 0 2 54 84 -30 0
12 Salford Red Devils 2 0 0 2 14 74 -60 0

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