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Match Report: Wigan 4 Huddersfield 34
Posted by Bilko on July 26 2008 - 07:58

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Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants.  Engage Super League XIII Rd 16.
Friday 25th July 2008. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium.

Thoughts on the Match

It was nice to see a lovely turn of pace in the JJB Stadium........sad that it came from a big spider we encountered whilst having an half time pint.

Really don't know what to say - a completly embarrassing performance from coach and players. There a hundreds of ex legendary Wigan players sadly no longer with us who will have turned in their graves last night.

The saddest thing is that Huddersfield looked really poor. Honestly I felt had it been most other sides they'd have racked up fifty or sixty easily.

The players looked dis-interested. If you don't want to play for Wigan lads - get out!

Last week I defended Brian Noble saying sacking the coach is not what we need right now but how can you defend that showing?

We are a proud club with an amazing history but since we left Central Park it's all been lost. Last night confirmed that we are now a nothing club. Very. very sad indeed. Fans forum Monday Night should be interesting.

Match Report from Sportinglife.com

Gareth Hock was sent off as Wigan crashed 34-4 at home to struggling Huddersfield, inspired by half-a-dozen ex-Warriors in their ranks including two-try David Hodgson.

Tries from Hodgson, Paul Whatuira and Darrell Griffin gave the Giants a shock, but deserved, 18-0 half-time lead which they extended through Jamhal Lolesi and Ryan Hudson to lead 30-0 approaching the final quarter.

Pat Richards pulled one back for Wigan before Hock saw red for appearing to manhandle the official after having a try disallowed, with Hodgson's late score rubbing salt in the wounds of his former employers.

The Warriors handed a debut to new signing Tim Smith, but he had to watch the beginnings of a sensational opening 40 minutes from the bench as Huddersfield ran riot, and he was unable to stamp his authority on proceedings by the interval.

The visitors started well and took advantage of increasingly desperate play from the Warriors, who were booed off at the halfway mark.

Wigan were the first to threaten, but could not take advantage of a 40-20 from Trent Barrett, and the Giants opened the scoring through the boot of Chris Thorman, after the Warriors were caught offside in front of their own posts.

The Yorkshiremen extended their lead soon after when, after Danny Kirmond had been held up over the line, Luke Robinson kicked through for Hodgson to win the race for the ball.

Thorman booted over an excellent conversion, and the home side were trailing 8-0 and looking bereft of ideas and confidence.

Wigan were not helping themselves by coughing up possession at regular intervals and handed the visitors their second try on the half-hour mark.

Hock's ambitious offload found only the grateful arms of Giant centre Whaturia, who showed great speed to extend the lead to 12-0.

Thorman narrowly missed a goal but the disbelief among the home faithful turned to boos five minutes before the break when Huddersfield crossed for their third try.

Martin Aspinwall was allowed to pick up a loose ball and charge 60 yards up the field before he was halted by Richards, but Robinson made the most of field position by setting up Griffin for a walk-in try.

Thorman's third goal made it 18-0 at the interval.

Wigan needed a big start to the second half only for Barrett to spill the ball from the kick-off, and the Giants crossed for their fourth try through Lolesi within a minute.

It went from bad to worse five minutes later when hooker Hudson touched down by the side of the posts, and the Warriors fans vented their fury as Thorman lined up his fifth successful kick at goal.

It had the desired effect as Richards crossed for Wigan on the hour mark, although the Australian missed a relatively easy conversion.

The Warriors night was summed up in the closing stages when Hock was held up over the line, making matters worse by offering dissent before appearing to manhandle referee Ian Smith, which resulted in a red card.

Hodgson then ran over his second try in the closing seconds but, by that stage, the result had already been sealed.

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "There looked to be a couple of things that might not be football issues when you have a performance like that. It was very very flat. We couldn't catch and we compounded that by not tackling enough. We didn't give ourselves a fair share of possession and it was just disrespectful of the opposition I thought. There are certain things you have to do to win a Rugby League game and we didn't do them and Hudderfield did. I asked him what he had said to him and Gareth words were I blinking scored, there have been far worse around football fields. Oh did he (touch the referee)? I didn't see that, I will have to look at that. It was flat, I can understand the fans frustrations, I can understand them booing because it looked like they didn't give enough effort required of the team. You can look unfit, poor and it can look like a lack of alot of things. It's important we get to the bottom of that and the team will do that. It's important the players and the coaching staff stick together. When I came to this club two and a half years ago they were far more shabby than this group of people. We have lost the last three games which is really not nice and we will measure now how we respond in our next outing against Hull. This was a dent to everything, the players are disappointed and it is time for action now. It's importanrt we get to the bottom of it. The last thing we need is if we qualify is to limp into the play-offs. We have to get ourselves some decent form and the form we showed tonight will keep us out of the top six and it's important we rectify what's gone on and we get a response and that will take sleeves rolling up from the top to the bottom."

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Huddersfield -
5 Pat Richards Full Back Leroy Cudjoe 21
14 Liam Colbon Winger Martin Aspinwall 2
3 Darrell Goulding Centre Kevin Brown 6
4 George Carmont Centre Paul Whatuira 4
21 Cameron Phelps Winger David Hodgson 5
6 Trent Barrett Stand Off Chris Thorman 1
7 Thomas Leuluai Scrum Half Luke Robinson 7
8 Stuart Fielden Prop Keith Mason 16
9 Mick Higham Hooker Ryan Hudson 19
15 Andy Coley Prop Andy Raleigh 12
12 Phil Bailey 2nd Row Jamahl Lolesi 11
11 Gareth Hock 2nd Row Stephen Wild 13
22 Joel Tomkins L.Forward Danny Kirmond 28
- - - - -
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina Substitute Stuart Jones 14
16 Harrison Hansen Substitute Paul Jackson 15
24 Eamon O'Carroll Substitute Steve Snitch 17
32 Tim Smith Substitute Darrell Griffin 18

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 04 - Huddersfield Giants 34
Tries (1):
Pat Richards
- Tries (6):
David Hodgson 2
Paul Whatuira
Darrell Griffin
Jamahl Lolesi
Ryan Hudson
Pat Richards 0/1
- Goals:
Chris Thorman 5/7

Scoring and Incident Pattern

10th Minute Wigan 00 Huddersfield 02 Penalty Goal: Chris Thorman (1/1)
22nd Minute Wigan 00 Huddersfield 06 Try: David Hodgson
- Wigan 00 Huddersfield 08 Conversion: Chris Thorman (2/2)
31st Minute Wigan 00 Huddersfield 12 Try: Paul Whatuira
- Wigan 00 Huddersfield 12 C.Thorman Missed Conversion (2/3)
36th Minute Wigan 00 Huddersfield 16 Try: Darrell Griffin
- Wigan 00 Huddersfield 18 Conversion: Chris Thorman (3/4)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 00 Huddersfield Giants 18
42nd Minute Wigan 00 Huddersfield 22 Try: Jamahl Lolesi
- Wigan 00 Huddersfield 24 Conversion: Chris Thorman (4/5)
48th Minute Wigan 00 Huddersfield 28 Try: Ryan Hudson
- Wigan 00 Huddersfield 30 Conversion: Chris Thorman (5/6)
59th Minute Wigan 04 Huddersfield 30 Try: Pat Richards
- Wigan 04 Huddersfield 30 P.Richards Missed Conversion (0/1)
74th Minute Wigan Sent Off Gareth Hock (Violent Conduct)
77th Minute Wigan 04 Huddersfield 34 Try: David Hodgson (2)
- Wigan 04 Huddersfield 34 C.Thorman Missed Conversion (6/7)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 04 Huddersfield Giants 34


Ian Smith (Oldham)

Penalties Conceded

Wigan 5 Huddersfield 7

Goal Line Drop Outs Forced

Wigan 2 Huddersfield 2

Match Attendance


Match Weather



Tim Smith made his Wigan Debut


Match postponed on 6th June 2008 due to pitch renovation at JJB Stadium.

League Table at Conclusion of this Super League 13 Game in Hand

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 St Helens 22 17 0 5 793 377 +416 34
2 Leeds Rhinos 22 17 0 5 687 333 +354 34
3 Catalans Dragons 22 15 1 6 584 487 +97 31
4 Warrington Wolves 22 13 0 9 574 566 +8 26
5 Wigan Warriors 22 11 1 10 502 586 -84 23
6 Bradford Bulls 22 11 0 11 561 513 +48 22
7 Wakefield Wildcats 22 10 0 12 470 576 -106 20
8 Hull Kingston Rovers 22 8 1 13 428 573 -145 17
9 Harlequins 22 8 0 14 437 641 -204 16
10 Hull FC 22 7 1 14 460 519 -59 15
11 Huddersfield Giants 22 7 1 14 488 561 -73 15
12 Castleford Tigers 22 5 1 16 459 711 -252 11

Round 16 - Re-Arranged Fixture
Fri 25 July Wigan Warriors 04 Huddersfield Giants 34 12,216

BriH on July 26 2008 - 09:25
Bilko, I am nearly 67 years old and, although a Whitehaven Lad, I started following Wigan round about 1955. I can still remember the awe in which we Marras held Wigan at that time...Ashton, Boston, Baerton, McTigue (The Best) etc. etc. They always got a really hard game at The Recre but usually beat us! That's when I followed Wigan. I started to support Wigan round about the time they were relegated! I was in shock! How could a team like Wigan get relegated? So me and my wife used to come down from Whitehaven to Central Park - to me The Temple of Rugby League. Again, we were in awe of the memories trhat this great ground held. We laso went to the JJB when it first opened for Wigan - we went to the very first game against Castleford I believe. Sadly (or maybe not in the light of what is happening now) we don't go anymore because I mow live in Germany - I watch Sky - not the same. I am sad at what is happening to this great Club. I have said to my wife "What must Billy Boston feel?" Drastic action is needed now. And if it means a clear out so be it. I feel for all you loyal fans who are spending your hard earned money to watch this embarrasing performance.
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