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Match Report: Huddersfield 18 Wigan 32
Posted by Bilko on June 08 2015 - 15:51

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Sunday 7th June 2015
Huddersfield Giants 18 Wigan Warriors 32
John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield
First Utility Super League 20 - Round 17 of 23
Kick Off 3:00pm

- Wigan       - Huddersfield    
1 Matty Bowen       31 Jared Simpson  T   
2 Josh Charnley  T2      2 Jermaine McGillvary    
11 Joel Tomkins       12 Jack Hughes    
4 Dan Sarginson       22 Jake Connor    
5 Joe Burgess  T      18 Jodie Broughton    
6 George Williams       6 Danny Brough  T   G3 
7 Matty Smith    G4    16 Kyle Wood    
10 Ben Flower       19 Anthony Mullally    
9 Michael McIlorum       24 Kruise Leeming    

Lee Mossop


Craig Huby

14 John Bateman  T      4 Joe Wardle  T   
12 Liam Farrell  T2      14 Michael Lawrence    
13 Sean O'Loughlin       23 Josh Johnson    
16 Sam Powell       7 Luke Robinson    
24 Taulima Tautai       8 Eorl Crabtree    
25 Larne Patrick       15 Craig Kopczak    
28 Ryan Sutton       17

Ukuma Ta'ai



After a frustrating first half, Wigan dominated the second period to win well in the end at Huddersfield. A big win as well because it opens up a five point gap inside the top four play off positions rather than having Huddersfield just one point behind us had they won.

Also the game being in-between Leeds at Magic and Saints Away on Friday made it a funny one to encounter and to just get any old result wouldn't have been bad, but they did it with a bit of dominance in the end.

Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson bemoaned afterwards that his side probably should have been leading 18-6 at the break, rather than the score being 12-12, and I wouldn't disagree with that. With an injury hit side to choose from, he top loaded his experience on the bench with Luke Robinson, Eorl Crabtree and Ukuma Ta'ai  all on the interchange.

Given that, the Giants tactics looked clear to me. Hang in for twenty minutes and then try to dominate the second half of the first half. I thought that plan worked well but it didn't end up being reflected on the scoreboard.

They had taken the lead with a try from impressive debutant full back Jared Simpson who took advantage of a poor tackle attempt by Matty Smith in the fifth minute with Danny Brough converting for 6-0.

I felt Wigan were always making good metres early on but the ends to sets were often quite poor. Same move really, Matty Smith puts a bomb up and Huddersfield easily collect without any pressure on them.

That failure was stopping Wigan getting on the try line but they did find a try from a break down the left with Liam Farrell finding a gap and Joe Burgess being in support to make it 6-6 after Matty Smith converted his finish under the posts.

Interchanges came into affect after that and the home side did get on top but it was also a period in which the referee James Child blew for several penalties. This affected Wigan more and it was no surprise when Joe Wardle scored just before the half hour to put them 12-6 up.

With half time approaching, I was suggesting on the radio that Wigan take a 12-6 deficit and wrap up for the break but they only went and score a leveller. It was vice versa to the first try with Burgess sending Farrell over for 12-12 with Smith converting.

21 seconds remained as the game restarted from that score and you think Wigan would know just to see the time out with ease. BUT NO! They chuck the ball around ten metres from their own line as if it was 21 seconds from full time and they still needed a score to win the match. The ball was lost and Huddersfield almost scored on a free play but Wigan were lucky that the hooter went just before time off was called for a scrum.

I don't often get annoyed me but that passage of play was a total nonsense. You surely have to be aware of the situation and Wigan clearly weren't. I mean its a mad thing to do at any point in truth but with 20 seconds to go you should be realising what's required?

Anyway that frustration eliminated second half with a much improved display. Big difference I thought was that now Wigan were getting pressure on the end of their last tackle options and three or four drop outs being forced highlighted that.

Wigan had their first lead of the afternoon within five minutes of the restart with nice passing between John Bateman and Joel Tomkins seeing Josh Charnley diving in the right corner. Smith couldn't convert - 16-12 Wigan.

The pressure continued for the next few minutes and it looked like Huddersfield would be delighted to have defended that pressure out. However they got a massive bonus when a loose pass from Bateman, on a last tackle, went to ground and Danny Brough returned it 80 metres for a score that put them back in front at 18-16.

What a sucker punch that was but to Wigan's credit it never affected them. They responded to it within four minutes with Dan Sarginson winning a cross field kick from Smith and batting it back for Farrell to claim a gift second. Conversion missed again but it was now 20-18 to Wigan.

Three minutes after that came a brilliant try from risky play. Joel Tomkins offloaded underneath his own posts to get Matty Bowen racing away. He was stopped but got an offload away to keep the move going with George Williams continuing to run directly down the middle. Jermaine McGillvary stopped Williams thirty out but Huddersfield never recovered and good work from Bowen saw Charnley walk over in the right corner.

Only frustration now was Smith missing three kicks meaning the lead was still only one score at 24-18 but he kicked a penalty for 26-18 in the 64th Minute and that proved to be enough. Huddersfield never once threatened a comeback and the victory was sealed with a John Bateman try seven minutes from time.

5th Minute Huddersfield 04 Wigan 00 Try: Jared Simpson
Huddersfield 06 Wigan 00 Conversion: Danny Brough (1/1)
17th Minute Huddersfield 06 Wigan 04 Try: Joe Burgess
Huddersfield 06 Wigan 06

Conversion: Matty Smith (1/1)

29th Minute Huddersfield 10 Wigan 06 Try: Joe Wardle
Huddersfield 12 Wigan 06 Conversion: Danny Brough (2/2)
38th Minute Huddersfield 12 Wigan 10 Try: Liam Farrell
Huddersfield 12 Wigan 12

Conversion: Matty Smith (2/2)

Half Time Huddersfield Giants 12 Wigan Warriors 12
45th Minute Huddersfield 12 Wigan 16 Try: Josh Charnley
Huddersfield 12 Wigan 16

Missed Conv: Matty Smith (2/3)

52nd Minute Huddersfield 16 Wigan 16 Try: Danny Brough
Huddersfield 18 Wigan 16 Conversion: Danny Brough (3/3)
56th Minute Huddersfield 18 Wigan 20 Try: Liam Farrell (2)
Huddersfield 18 Wigan 20

Missed Conv: Matty Smith (2/4)

59th Minute Huddersfield 18 Wigan 24 Try: Josh Charnley (2)
Huddersfield 18 Wigan 24

Missed Conv: Matty Smith (2/5)

64th Minute Huddersfield 18 Wigan 26 Penalty Goal: Matty Smith (3/6)
73rd Minute Huddersfield 18 Wigan 30 Try: John Bateman
Huddersfield 18 Wigan 32 Conversion: Matty Smith (4/7)
Full Time Huddersfield Giants 18 Wigan Warriors 32

James Child



First Utility Super League 20 - Round 17 Results
Thu 4 June Widnes Vikings 12 Hull FC 25 5,573
Fri 5 June Hull Kingston Rovers 22 Castleford Tigers 30 7,093
Fri 5 June St Helens 32 Salford Red Devils 12 11,664
Fri 5 June Warrington Wolves 26 Catalan Dragons 18 8,611
Sun 6 June Huddersfield Giants 18 Wigan Warriors 32 7,307
Sun 6 June Wakefield Wildcats 26 Leeds Rhinos 58 4,597

First Utility Super League 20 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 17 12 1 4 526 354 +172 25
2 St Helens 17 12 0 5 419 291 +128 24
3 Wigan Warriors 17 11 1 5 456 308 +148 23
4 Huddersfield Giants 17 8 2 7 364 268 +96 18
5 Warrington Wolves 17 9 0 8 408 338 +70 18
6 Castleford Tigers 17 9 0 8 375 352 +23 18
7 Hull FC 16 8 0 8 316 304 +12 16
8 Catalan Dragons 17 7 2 8 439 451 -12 16

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

9 Widnes Vikings 17 7 1 9 400 401 -1 15
10 Hull Kingston Rovers 16 6 0 10 370 455 -85 12
11 Salford Red Devils 16 5 1 10 308 425 -117 11
12 Wakefield Wildcats 16 2 0 14 260 694 -434 4

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