thoroughly deserved the two points against a Wigan side that
dominanted territory but once again came up with woeful last
tackle options and generally poor attack.
I've just come home
now and in the car I listened to BBC Radio Manchester commentators Jack Dearden
and Neil Turley basically go on about it being a game too much for
young Sam Tomkins and Shaun Ainscough. Bollocks to that, what are
the big name players doing? That's what they should be asking!!
Leuluai? Not much. Riddell? Loosing patience with him. O'Loughlin?
Very little. Where is the leadership?
The bigger experienced names need to step up to the plate and
stop relying on the young lads to dig us out of holes.
Fair play to Huddersfield they had a game plan and executed it
brilliantly but from a Wigan point of view - It must have been 30
minutes territory second half for one try whilst Huddersfield had
two attacks for two tries - says it all really.
The bottom line is our last tackle plays are continually poor.
We don't build pressure, we don't get repeat sets and hence more
often than not we don't get results.
To be fair it is a fine line. Pat Richards' two missed goals
proved vital against us but Wigan have got to learn the real
difference tonight was two easy penalty goals for Huddersfield in
front of the sticks. Same against Cas, two penalty goals put us on
the back foot early. And against Wakefield a penalty goal again
proved vital. Two pointers are small margins but mentally they
have probably been the difference between a 100% home start and a
1 win in 4 home start.
Story of the match - well Huddersfield got an early penalty
goal, which Brett Hodgson kicked, to take the lead despite Wigan
dominating early territory. The Giants gave us plenty of penalties
but we kept wasting them - Gareth Hock knocking on a certain try
over the line. Seems to be the story of our home campaign so far.
We did eventually get the first try out on the right hand side
when Phil Bailey went over. Very nice offload from Andy Coley in the process which opened up the overlap out wide but in difficult wind Pat Richards
conversion went wide, so it 4-2 to Wigan though after 16 minutes.
Four minutes later however Brett Hodgson kicked a second easy
penalty goal to make it 4-4 before Huddersfield took the lead on
28 minutes with a try from Scott Moore which Hodgson converted to
make it 10-4.
Wigan had plenty of penalties to march them up field which
resulted in numerous "punish it Wigan" shouts from me all game
really but they kept wasting them. They did get on chance close to
half time in which Luke Robinson obstructed a certain try but
didn't get a sin bin? Rubbish call for mine.
8 minutes after half time though we did get justice with
Robinson being binned for a stupidly kicking the ball away after
it had gone dead. More evidence for me why Robinson is not a top draw half
back. He and his side were so lucky Wigan were poor in taking
advantage of the extra man. We again went over down the right hand
side but fumbled over the try line.
The whole ten minute sin bin elapsed before a fight broke out
which saw Harrison Hansen and Darrell Griffin given ten minutes
off the field.
Although it was 12 on 12 Wigan finally took advantage with a
try from Amos Roberts but a difficult conversion left it at 10-8
to the Giants. Wigan now faced a situation of a two points gap
with plenty of time left, just like against Castleford, but again
they flattered to deceive in trying to win the game. Simply they
didn't build any pressure on Huddersfield. They saw time out easy
and got two late scores from Michael Lawrence and Kevin Brown to
make the final score 22-8 to the Giants. Flattering to be fair but
no doubt they deserved it.
Wigan clearly lacking a captain. You can't keep going on having
faith in Sean O'Loughlin when these tight home games are being
lost. Some may want to blame coach Noble but we have been in the
three home defeats and lost narrowly each time. Too easy to blame
the coach for that. We need a leader and fast. Brett Hodgson may
be old but he was the extra edge that game Huddersfield two points