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Match Report: Huddersfield 19 Wigan 20
Posted by Bilko on March 16 2008 - 19:04

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Sunday 16th March 2008
Huddersfield Giants 19 Wigan Warriors 20
Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield
Engage Super League 13 - Round 6 of 27
Kick Off 3:00pm

- Wigan       - Huddersfield      
5 Pat Richards    G4    21 Leroy Cudjoe    G3   
2 Mark Calderwood       3 Shane Elford      
3 Darrell Goulding  T      4 Paul Whaturia      
4 George Carmont  T      11 Jamahl Lolesi      
14 Liam Colbon       24 Rod Jensen      
6 Trent Barrett       6 Kevin Brown  T     DG 
7 Thomas Leuluai       7 Luke Robinson  T     
8 Stuart Fielden       16 Keith Mason      
9 Mick Higham       9 George Gatis      
15 Andy Coley  T      10 John Skandalis      
11 Gareth Hock       14 Stuart Jones      
12 Phil Bailey       12 Andy Raleigh      
13 Sean O'Loughlin       13 Stephen Wild      
Interchange:
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina       8 Eorl Crabtree      
16 Harrison Hansen       15 Paul Jackson      
17 Michael McIlorum       18 Darrell Griffin      
24 Eamon O'Carroll       19 Ryan Hudson      

Report: 

Pat Richards lat minute conversion sealed a 20-19 victory against Huddersfield Giants at the Galpharm Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Giants kicked off on a cold but dry day in West Yorkshire, but the Warriors were spurred on by another sizable following decked out in cherry and white.

The Warriors started the more brightly as three penalties in the first two minutes took them up field where Richards kicked the final penalty – for a high shot on Stuart Fielden – to put Wigan 0-2 up.

The Giants struck back on 6 minutes as referee Bentham evened up the penalty count in front of the posts, Leroy Cudjoe adding the two points to make it 2-2.

It took another 20 minutes before the opening try was recorded, and despite three close efforts for the Warriors it was the Giants who scored against the run of play. In bizarre fashion, Robinson rebounded off three tackles, sprung from the floor underneath the final tackle and dived over the try line. Despite appearing to bounce the ball referee Bentham awarded the four points which Cudjoe converted to make it 8-2 after 26 minutes.

It took just 4 minutes for the Warriors to record their first try as Calderwood out jumped Elford to pat a Barrett cross-field kick inside to Goulding who dived over unopposed in the right corner, and when Richards added the conversion it brought the score level again at 8-8.

The Warriors almost regained the lead on 37 minutes when Colbon dropped a cross field kick and had a half chance on 39 minutes when Calderwood collected a Robinson grubber to race 60 meters before being hauled down and having the ball stripped. The Warriors couldn’t capitalise on the penalty and so a disappointing first half finished 8-8.

It was Huddersfield who opened the scoring in the second half as strong forward play and a silly penalty took them up the field, former Wigan player Kevin Browncollecting the ball at first receiver from the final play the ball to step and dive over the line to the right of the posts. Cudjoe added the extra’s to make it 14-8 after 43 minutes.

Calderwood saved a certain try just 4 minutes later as debutant Cudjoe broke the Warriors defence and raced 40 meters before the Warriors winger pulled the big full back down 2 meters short of the line. Good scrambling defence held the attack out but a penalty on the last tackle allowed Cudjoe to add two points from under the posts to make it 16-8.

Another penalty on 54 minutes was kicked by Cudjoe to take the score to 18-8 as the game broke down on a constant basis and the penalty count grew ever higher. Brown added a drop goal on 73 minutes but Coley setup a grandstand finish as he finished Sean O’Loughlin’s break to touch down under the posts. Richards conversion made it 19-14 with 3 minutes remaining.

And with less than 60 seconds remaining Colbon broke free, passed inside to Carmont who grounded despite the best attempts from Cudjoe. Richards kept his composure to kick the touchline conversion and seal a 20-19 win for the Warriors.

Scoring: 
3rd Minute Huddersfield 00 Wigan 02 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (1/1)
7th Minute Huddersfield 02 Wigan 02 Penalty Goal: Leroy Cudjoe (1/1)
25th Minute Huddersfield 06 Wigan 02 Try: Luke Robinson
- Huddersfield 08 Wigan 02 Conversion: Leroy Cudjoe (2/2)
31st Minute Huddersfield 08 Wigan 06 Try: Darrell Goulding
- Huddersfield 08 Wigan 08 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
Half Time Huddersfield Giants 08 Wigan Warriors 08
44th Minute Huddersfield 12 Wigan 08 Try: Kevin Brown
- Huddersfield 14 Wigan 08 Conversion: Leroy Cudjoe (3/3)
49th Minute Huddersfield 16 Wigan 08 Penalty Goal: Leroy Cudjoe (4/4)
55th Minute Huddersfield 18 Wigan 08 Penalty Goal: Leroy Cudjoe (5/5)
74th Minute Huddersfield 19 Wigan 08 Drop Goal: Kevin Brown
76th Minute Huddersfield 19 Wigan 12 Try: Andy Coley
- Huddersfield 19 Wigan 14 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/3)
78th Minute Huddersfield 19 Wigan 18 Try: George Carmont
- Huddersfield 19 Wigan 20 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/4)
Full Time Huddersfield Sent Off Darrell Griffin (Dissent)
Full Time Huddersfield Giants 19 Wigan Warriors 20
Referee: 

Phil Bentham

Attendance: 

8,417

Super League 13 - Round 6 Results
Fri 14 Mar Hull FC 18 Wakefield Wildcats 8 12,124
Fri 14 Mar Leeds Rhinos 48 Harlequins 0 14,557
Sat 15 Mar Hull Kingston Rovers 20 Castleford Tigers 4 8,083
Sat 15 Mar Catalan Dragons 24 St Helens 10 7,828
Sun 16 Mar Bradford Bulls 23 Warrington Wolves 10 11,838
Sun 16 Mar Huddersfield Giants 19 Wigan Warriors 20 8,417

Engage Super League 12 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 6 5 0 1 196 74 +122 10
2 Wigan Warriors 6 4 0 2 165 133 +32 8
3 Warrington Wolves 6 4 0 2 163 139 +24 8
4 St Helens 6 4 0 2 148 145 +3 8
5 Harlequins 6 4 0 2 132 135 -3 8
6 Bradford Bulls 6 3 0 3 135 116 +19 6
7 Hull Kingston Rovers 6 3 0 3 128 117 +11 6
8 Huddersfield Giants 6 2 0 4 133 132 +1 4
9 Catalans Dragons 6 2 0 4 107 140 -33 4
10 Hull FC 6 2 0 4 105 144 -39 4
11 Wakefield Wildcats 6 2 0 4 112 174 -62 4
12 Castleford Tigers 6 1 0 5 100 175 -75 2

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