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Match Report: Huddersfield 13 Wigan 18
Posted by Bilko on February 13 2016 - 19:42

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Friday 12th February 2016
Huddersfield Giants 13 Wigan Warriors 18
John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield
First Utility Super League 21 - Round 2 of 23

Kick Off 8:00pm


- Wigan       - Huddersfield      
1 Lewis Tierney       5 Aaron Murphy      
5 Dom Manfredi  T      2 Jermaine McGillvary  T     
3 Anthony Gelling       3 Leroy Cudjoe      
4 Dan Sarginson       31 Sam Wood      
2 Josh Charnley  T      29 Jamie Foster  T     
16 Sam Powell       18 Jake Connor      
7 Matty Smith    G3    7 Jamie Ellis    G2   DG 
10 Ben Flower       16 Sam Rapira      
9 Michael McIlorum       9 Ryan Hinchcliffe      

Sean O'Loughlin


Josh Johnson

25 Willie Isa       17 Ukuma Ta'ai      
12 Liam Farrell  T      12 Michael Lawrence      
14 John Bateman       13 Larne Patrick      
15 Tony Clubb       14 Daniel Smith      
19 Taulima Tautai       20 Kruise Leeming      
21 Ryan Sutton       21 Nathan Mason      
26 Greg Burke       22 Oliver Roberts      


Well a win is a win as they say but this was a hard watch in all honesty. I'm struggling to find the words to describe how bad the attack was but to still win given that is a positive.

I didn't think we deserved it though, mainly because of the poor and easy nature of us losing our 12-6 lead to go 13-12 down. Two really poor errors from Anthony Gelling deserved to be punished by defeat but fortunately Josh Charnley's 77th Minute try rescued the victory which means Wigan have won both their opening Super League games for the first time since 2010.

For Huddersfield - Scott Grix, Danny Brough, Luke Robinson, Craig Huby, Joe Wardle, Jack Hughes and Brett Ferres all played in the play off semi final defeat last September but were either injured, retired or left the club for this one. To be fair to the Giants those absences certainly didn't show in the spirit of their side.

I felt they grew as the game wore on, mainly off the back of Wigan's ineptitude in attack first half. You could say Huddersfield defended well but Wigan weren't exactly throwing much at them.

Repeatedly it was passing the ball left statically, without success. Then they try passing it right statically, without success. No flow. No second phase. No speed. No breaks. No skill. No combination between the half backs. No good kicks to end sets. It would have made for a great game of pass the parcel but as a rugby league spectacle it was awful.

Huddersfield capitalised with a good try for Jermaine McGillvary in the 25th Minute which Jamie Ellis converted for 6-0 and that was the only scoring of the first half.

Immediately into the second half, Wigan started to put some speed into the attack and went straight down the middle at their opposite numbers. John Bateman and Taulima Tautai were particularly strong I thought and this quickly led to a 44th Minute try for Liam Farrell who had a simple finish after Dan Sarginson batted back a good kick in the air from Matty Smith, who converted for 6-6.

Wigan continued to look ominous up the middle but too often they made errors trying to force the pass. Huddersfield went close to re-taking the lead on 55 minutes but Jake Connor knocked on over the line and to make things harsher for the Giants, Wigan scored up the other end two minutes later.

An amazing looped basketball type pass from Anthony Gelling got Dom Manfredi in the corner and Smith adding a superb touchline conversion made it 12-6.

At this point with twenty minutes to go it was reasonable to expect Wigan to push on for the win given the absences Huddersfield had but the game management and control from Wigan away from home is mind boggling at times.

Straight from the kick off restart, Gelling made exactly the same error he did against Catalan the week before by racing 100 miles and hour towards the ball in the air and completely fluffing the catch. The technique there is appalling to be honest and it's frustrating that he hasn't learned from last week and I wonder why it should be his ball to go for anyway?

Wigan survived that error but Gelling again tin hatted the madness by trying an offload twenty metres from his own line that failed and gave Huddersfield territory. Where is the thought process here? You get a lead in the final quarter, surely the idea is to protect the lead. Their is absolutely no reason on gods earth to push a pass in that situation.

My annoyance at that was compounded by the fact he did exactly the same last September against Hull FC when Wigan were holding a 26-24 lead and he was guilty of costing us a try against Saints a week later than that before he got subbed and subsequently dropped form the Grand Final push.

I watch him closely doing radio and I see him quite often shooting like a whippet out of the defensive line and missing tackles rather than holding his position. It really worries me to see this from a Wigan player that's now in his fifth season. It's such a shame because he can be class in attack but I'm not sure you can afford such a giddy kipper in defence.

Those two errors helped towards Huddersfield coming back from 12-6 down to lead 13-12 with a try for Jamie Foster, a penalty goal from Ellis and then a drop goal from Ellis.

Thankfully Wigan kept calm late on to nick the win with a trademark cut out pass from Sean O'Loughlin getting Josh Charnley in the corner. Nice finish by Josh and Smith kicking a second touchline conversion made it 18-13 at the end.

Plenty of work for Wigan to do before Brisbane though. I hope we played this game with one big eye on that because if not then we have big worries. The half back combination was the biggest concern but I fancy us to put in a big display next week and then we can move on from this one quickly. This was not one for the DVD collection.

24mins:12 Huddersfield 04 Wigan 00 Try: Jermaine McGillvary
Huddersfield 06 Wigan 00 Conversion: Jamie Ellis (1/1)
Half Time Huddersfield Giants 06 Wigan Warriors 00
42mins:56 Huddersfield 06 Wigan 04 Try: Liam Farrell
Huddersfield 06 Wigan 06 Conversion: Matty Smith (1/1)
56mins:55 Huddersfield 06 Wigan 10 Try: Dom Manfredi
Huddersfield 06 Wigan 12 Conversion: Matty Smith (2/2)
64mins:10 Huddersfield 10 Wigan 12 Try: Jamie Foster
Huddersfield 10 Wigan 12 Missed Conv: Jamie Ellis (1/2)
67mins:53 Huddersfield 12 Wigan 12 Penalty Goal: Jamie Ellis (2/3)
70mins:04 Huddersfield 13 Wigan 12 Drop Goal: Jamie Ellis
76mins:08 Huddersfield 13 Wigan 16 Try: Josh Charnley
Huddersfield 13 Wigan 18 Conversion: Matty Smith (3/3)
Full Time Huddersfield Giants 13 Wigan Warriors 18

Phil Bentham



First Utility Super League 21 - Round 2 Results
Thu 11 Feb Salford Red Devils 44 St Helens 10 4,389
Fri 12 Feb Huddersfield Giants 13 Wigan Warriors 18 5,912
Sat 13 Feb Catalan Dragons 10 Hull FC 38 10,234
Sun 14 Feb Warrington Wolves 38 Hull Kingston Rovers 8 11,037
Sun 14 Feb Widnes Vikings 56 Leeds Rhinos 12 6,596
Sun 14 Feb Castleford Tigers 40 Wakefield Wildcats 6 9,761

2016 First Utility Super League 21 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Widnes Vikings 2 2 0 0 80 28 +52 4
2 Hull FC 2 2 0 0 80 30 +50 4
3 Warrington Wolves 2 2 0 0 50 18 +32 4
4 Wigan Warriors 2 2 0 0 30 19 +11 4
5 Castleford Tigers 2 1 1 0 56 22 +34 3
6 Salford Red Devils 2 1 0 1 64 52 +12 2
7 St Helens 2 1 0 1 40 60 -20 2
8 Hull Kingston Rovers 2 0 1 1 24 54 -30 1

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

9 Huddersfield Giants 2 0 0 2 29 48 -19 0
10 Catalan Dragons 2 0 0 2 16 50 -34 0
11 Wakefield Wildcats 2 0 0 2 22 64 -42 0
12 Leeds Rhinos 2 0 0 2 22 68 -46 0

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