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

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Huddersfield Giants v Wigan Warriors. Engage Super League XIII Rd 6.
Sunday 16th March 2008. Kick Off 3:00pm at Galpharm Stadium.

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.

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "You are never out of the game with two scores in it. You can score two tries in two sets. You just have to keep playing. We started the second half really slowly, but it's testament to our patience that we came back to win. I thought we were the better team in the first half and 'bombed' a couple of tries. People will remember the last five minutes - but you have got to look at the whole game."

Huddersfield Coach Peter Sharp: "I believe an absolute injustice has occurred today. It started in minute one and finished in the 80th.I just feel really disappointed with a number of issues which surround the officiating of the game. Darrell (Griffin's) red card (after the final whistle) is probably a reflection of his frustration that epitomised the group's feelings. The majority of the penalties were penalties, and I'll be speaking to my team about discipline and about how we handled those closing stages of the game. But the inconsistency of the officiating in this game was absolutely appalling. We're very proud of our discipline, but the rules changed today. I saw some decisions that were correct but I wouldn't have minded them that way for 80 minutes for both sides."

Team Sheets

- Huddersfield Position Wigan -
21 Leroy Cudjoe Full Back Pat Richards 5
3 Shane Elford Winger Mark Calderwood 2
4 Paul Whaturia Centre Darrell Goulding 3
11 Jamahl Lolesi Centre George Carmont 4
24 Rod Jensen Winger Liam Colbon 14
6 Kevin Brown Stand Off Trent Barrett 6
7 Luke Robinson Scrum Half Thomas Leuluai 7
16 Keith Mason Prop Stuart Fielden 8
9 George Gatis Hooker Mick Higham 9
10 John Skandalis Prop Andy Coley 15
14 Stuart Jones 2nd Row Gareth Hock 11
12 Andy Raleigh 2nd Row Phil Bailey 12
13 Stephen Wild L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
- - - - -
8 Eorl Crabtree Substitute Iafeta Paleaaesina 10
15 Paul Jackson Substitute Harrison Hansen 16
18 Darrell Griffin Substitute Mike McIlorum 17
19 Ryan Hudson Substitute Eamon O'Carroll 24

Score Sheet

Huddersfield Giants 19 - Wigan Warriors 20
Tries (2):
Luke Robinson
Kevin Brown
- Tries (3):
Darrell Goulding
Andy Coley
George Carmont
Goals:
Leroy Cudjoe 3/3
- Goals:
Pat Richards 4/4
Drop Goals:
Kevin Brown 1
- -

Scoring and Incident Pattern

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

Penalties Conceded

Huddersfield 13 Wigan 11

Goal Line Drop Outs Forced

Huddersfield 1 Wigan 0

Match Attendance

8,417

Match Weather

Mixed bag. Rain first half - some sun.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 13 Round 6

- 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

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

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