Match Report: Wigan 30 Huddersfield 22
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Thursday 6th August 2015
Wigan Warriors 30 Huddersfield Giants 22
DW Stadium, Wigan
First Utility Super League 20 Super 8s - Round 1 of 7

Kick Off 8:00pm


- Wigan       - Huddersfield    
1 Matty Bowen       1 Scott Grix    
2 Josh Charnley       2 Jermaine McGillvary  T2   
14 John Bateman       3 Leroy Cudjoe    
3 Anthony Gelling       4 Joe Wardle    
22 Dom Manfredi  T      5 Aaron Murphy    
6 George Williams  T      6 Danny Brough    G3 
7 Matty Smith    G5    20 Jamie Ellis    
8 Dom Crosby  T      8 Eorl Crabtree  T   
9 Michael McIlorum       7 Luke Robinson    

Lee Mossop


Craig Huby

11 Joel Tomkins       17 Ukuma Ta'ai    
12 Liam Farrell  T      12 Jack Hughes  T   
13 Sean O'Loughlin       14 Michael Lawrence    
16 Sam Powell       13 Chris Bailey    
17 Tony Clubb       15 Craig Kopczak    
24 Taulima Tautai       24 Kruise Leeming    
25 Larne Patrick  T      32 Daniel Smith    


This match for me was more about the result that the performance. The difference between going five points clear of Huddersfield with the win was huge, opposed to the loss in which they'd only be one point behind us.

It could have gone either way to be fair but Wigan just had a bit more class to gain tries from deep and that proved the ultimate difference.

A better interchange bench was also pivotal. The score was 18-0 to Wigan when Eorl Crabtree, Craig Huby and Luke Robinson were all interchanged onto the bench by Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson.

Wigan started slowly, like they had done in recent home games against Salford and Widnes, and Huddersfield found two tries in the first 12 minutes. Both were scored by Jermaine McGillvary on Wigan's defensive left edge.

Lot's of finger pointing at Dom Manfredi and Anthony Gelling defending out there but they are both just returning from recent injuries and although their was a terrible missed tackle by Gelling second half, in the main I felt the pair did fix that problem after those two tries. Danny Brough converted the first for 10-0.

Like against Salford and Widnes, the more the first half went on, the more I'm happy to take even 10-0 down to half time. We hung in for a while but on 32 minutes we got a try to hit back. Liam Farrell broke down the left from 40 metres to finish himself and a good conversion from Matty Smith made the deficit just 10-6 at the break.

Second Half saw Wigan gain control of the contest with a quick fire double around the 50th Minute. First Dom Manfredi scored for 12-10 before a second big break of the game from Farrell saw the supporting George Williams finish. Smith was in good kicking form for a 18-10 Wigan lead.

Game management was the key now and it wasn't perfect but what I would say is that the air of calmness around this side at the moment is pleasing. Trailing early? No panic. Huddersfield kept hitting back. No Panic. Of course the extra two point cushion helped but that's a pleasing trait and it shows the massive importance of goal kicking. Smith seems more on the good side than bad with his efforts in that department now.

Ironies occurred after the hour mark with the two sides loanee swaps both scoring. First Jack Hughes finished well for Huddersfield but four minutes later Wigan responded with a quality offload from George Williams getting Larne Patrick over.

That had Wigan 24-16 ahead with 15 minutes to go but Huddersfield just didn't go away and they found a fourth close range try with Eorl Crabtree crashing over after a break down the right had been created following a poor missed tackle by Gelling.

So at 24-22 with 8 minutes to go, the match was still in the balance and the massive swing between a five point gap for Wigan or one point behind for Huddersfield was just one try away for either side.

Thankfully it was Wigan who found it as Dom Crosby crashed over to seal the win with three minutes to go. Smith made it 5 out of 5 to ensure their would be no Huddersfield come back this time and the match finished 30-22.

This result takes the pressure off Wigan now as they head to Leeds and Warrington. For me that gives them a free pass at Leeds at least and they should go to Headingley, enjoy it and see what happens. No need to put pressure on themselves because they took the pressure off with this victory.

06mins:42 Wigan 00 Huddersfield 04 Try: Jermaine McGillvary
Wigan 00 Huddersfield 06 Conversion: Danny Brough (1/1)
11mins:39 Wigan 00 Huddersfield 10 Try: Jermaine McGillvary
Wigan 00 Huddersfield 10 Missed Conv: Danny Brough (1/2)
32mins:04 Wigan 04 Huddersfield 10 Try: Liam Farrell
Wigan 06 Huddersfield 10 Conversion: Matty Smith (1/1)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 06 Huddersfield Giants 10
48mins:37 Wigan 10 Huddersfield 10 Try: Dom Manfredi
Wigan 12 Huddersfield 10 Conversion: Matty Smith (2/2)
50mins:20 Wigan 16 Huddersfield 10 Try: George Williams
Wigan 18 Huddersfield 10 Conversion: Matty Smith (3/3)
60mins:17 Wigan 18 Huddersfield 14 Try: Jack Hughes
Wigan 18 Huddersfield 16 Conversion: Danny Brough (2/3)
64mins:58 Wigan 22 Huddersfield 16 Try: Larne Patrick
Wigan 24 Huddersfield 16 Conversion: Matty Smith (4/4)
71mins:57 Wigan 24 Huddersfield 20 Try: Eorl Crabtree
Wigan 24 Huddersfield 22 Conversion: Danny Brough (3/4)
76mins:17 Wigan 28 Huddersfield 22 Try: Dom Crosby
Wigan 30 Huddersfield 22 Conversion: Matty Smith (5/5)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 30 Huddersfield Giants 22

Richard Silverwood



First Utility Super League 20 Super 8s - Round 1 Results
Thu 6 Aug Wigan Warriors 30 Huddersfield Giants 22 11,448
Fri 7 Aug Castleford Tigers 36 Hull FC 30 6,760
Fri 7 Aug Leeds Rhinos 49 Warrington Wolves 10 13,118
Sat 8 Aug Catalan Dragons 26 St Helens 16 7,392

First Utility Super League 20 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 24 17 1 6 807 487 +320 35
2 Wigan Warriors 24 16 1 7 619 435 +184 33
3 St Helens 24 16 0 8 614 462 +152 32
4 Huddersfield Giants 24 13 2 9 560 424 +136 28
5 Castleford Tigers 24 14 0 10 583 535 +48 28
6 Warrington Wolves 24 12 0 12 562 505 +57 24
7 Catalan Dragons 24 10 2 12 587 590 -3 22
8 Hull FC 24 11 0 13 482 520 -38 22

Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs