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Match Report: Wigan 8 Huddersfield 22
Posted by Bilko on March 27 2009 - 21:58

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Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants - Engage Super League XIV Rd 7.
Friday 27th March 2009. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium.

Match Report

Visiting Huddersfield 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 tonight,

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "Every team that has played Huddersfield has struggled to go forward. I thought we managed it reasonably well but you're never going to get a quick game against Huddersfield - and it's something that needs to be looked at. We were physically dominant for long periods of the game, and I can't remember them really making a break in the game. I don't think we had much help this evening in relation to how we wanted to play the game, and I think a couple of crucial decisions went against us. Whilst we take responsibility for what we do, and I thought we didn't kick as well as we could have, we didn't just get our just rewards. Our execution at times wasn't as good as it should have been and our patience wasn't either, but we were a whole lot closer than the scoreline suggests. (Shaun Ainscough) has had some great reviews and we think he is going to be a super player, but we'll stick by him when he has not such a good game as much as when he has had a good game, (it is what happens) with young people. That's what we do at this club, and no-one will know more than him that he's probably not cleaned up a couple of things there. When you play at the highest level, you're under a magnifying glass."

Huddersfield Coach Nathan Brown: "We worked hard. We're not the smartest team in the competition but I don't think there is another team that tries harder than us. Hopefully they're enjoying winning and hopefully they're getting used to winning because it becomes a habit. The good thing is we are winning our close games. The scoreline might have read 22-8 but it was a close game. We are winning all our tight games, and that is the difference between having the potential to have a good year and having a bad year. Scott (Moore) is playing some decent footy. He had four or five decent games and then an average one a couple of weeks ago, but played really well again last week and we've been working hard to try to get some consistency from him. He's only a young kid but he is a player of immense talent and I think he has got a long future in the game if he chooses to work hard at his game, which he is doing."

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Huddersfield -
5 Pat Richards Full Back Brett Hodgson 1
2 Amos Roberts Winger Martin Aspinwall 2
12 Phil Bailey Centre Michael Lawrence 19
4 George Carmont Centre Paul Whaturia 4
28 Shaun Ainscough Winger David Hodgson 5
25 Sam Tomkins Stand Off Kevin Brown 3
7 Thomas Leuluai Scrum Half Luke Robinson 7
15 Andy Coley Prop Keith Mason 16
9 Mark Riddell Hooker Scott Moore 20
19 Paul Prescott Prop Darrell Griffin 10
11 Gareth Hock 2nd Row Jamahl Lolesi 11
16 Harrison Hansen 2nd Row Stephen Wild 13
13 Sean O'Loughlin L.Forward Simon Finnigan 14
- - - - -
8 Stuart Fielden Substitute Eorl Crabtree 8
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina Substitute David Faiumu 9
14 Joel Tomkins Substitute Andy Raleigh 12
17 Mike McIlorum Substitute Danny Kirmond 18

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 8 --- Huddersfield Giants 22
Tries (2):
Phil Bailey
Amos Roberts
--- Tries (3):
Scott Moore
Michael Lawrence
Kevin Brown
Pat Richard 0/2
--- Goals:
Brett Hodgson 5/5

Scoring and Incident Pattern

9th Minute Wigan 00 Huddersfield 02 Penalty Goal: Brett Hodgson (1/1)
16th Minute Wigan 04 Huddersfield 02 Try: Phil Bailey
- Wigan 04 Huddersfield 02 P.Richards Missed Conversion (0/1)
20th Minute Wigan 04 Huddersfield 04 Penalty Goal: Brett Hodgson (2/2)
28th Minute Wigan 04 Huddersfield 08 Try: Scott Moore
- Wigan 04 Huddersfield 10 Conversion: Brett Hodgson (3/3)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 04 Huddersfield Giants 10
48th Minute Huddersfield Sin Bin Luke Robinson (Kicking Dead Ball Away)
60th Minute Wigan Sin Bin Harrison Hansen (Fighting)
60th Minute Huddersfield Sin Bin Darrell Griffin (Fighting)
63rd Minute Wigan 08 Huddersfield 10 Try: Amos Roberts
- Wigan 08 Huddersfield 10 P.Richards Missed Conversion (0/2)
74th Minute Wigan 08 Huddersfield 14 Try: Michael Lawrence
- Wigan 08 Huddersfield 16 Conversion: Brett Hodgson (4/4)
77th Minute Wigan 08 Huddersfield 20 Try: Kevin Brown
- Wigan 08 Huddersfield 22 Conversion: Brett Hodgson (5/5)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 08 Huddersfield Giants 22


Phil Bentham (Warrington)

Penalties Conceded

Wigan 6 Huddersfield 11

Match Attendance



Very Windy with Driving Rain at Times

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 14 Round 7

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 7 6 0 1 179 84 +95 12
2 St Helens 7 6 0 1 178 88 +90 12
3 Huddersfield Giants 7 5 0 2 166 105 +61 10
4 Castleford Tigers 7 5 0 2 183 142 +41 10
5 Hull FC 7 5 0 2 164 127 +37 10
6 Hull Kingston Rovers 7 4 1 2 182 123 +59 9
7 Harlequins 6 4 0 2 166 116 +50 8
8 Wakefield Wildcats 7 4 0 3 159 139 +20 8
9 Wigan Warriors 8 3 0 5 162 154 +8 6
10 Warrington Wolves 7 2 0 5 129 228 -99 4
11 Bradford Bulls 6 1 1 4 115 161 -46 3
12 Catalans Dragons 7 1 0 6 130 204 -74 2
13 Salford City Reds 7 1 0 6 108 269 -161 2
14 Celtic Crusaders 6 0 0 6 82 163 -81 0

Round 7 Results
Fri 27 Mar Leeds Rhinos 42 Catalan Dragons 14 13,425
Fri 27 Mar Wakefield Wildcats 18 St Helens 42 6,038
Fri 27 Mar Wigan Warriors 8 Huddersfield Giants 22 11,670
Sat 28 Mar Harlequins 22 Hull FC 12 3,593
Sun 29 Mar Hull Kingston Rovers 48 Salford City Reds 12 8,104
Sun 29 Mar Warrington Wolves 27 Celtic Crusaders 22 7,854
Sun 29 Mar Castleford Tigers 28 Bradford Bulls 26 9,185

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