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Friday 6th November 2020 Wigan Warriors 19 Huddersfield Giants 6 Headingley, Leeds
(Switched from DW Stadium, Wigan due to Covid-19 Restrictions)
Betfred Super League 22 - Round 20 of 20
Kick Off 7:45pm
- Wigan - Huddersfield 6 Bevan French 1 Ashton Golding 23 Jake Bibby 2 Jermaine McGillvary 1 Zak Hardaker T G3 3 Jake Wardle 4 Oliver Gildart 21 Leroy Cudjoe 5 Joe Burgess 24 Louis Senior 7 Thomas Leuluai 23 Oliver Russell 31 Jackson Hastings T DG 7
9 Sam Powell T 37 Brandon Moore 38
11 Willie Isa 34 Chris McQueen 12 Liam Farrell 12 Joe Wardle 17
Interchange: 8 Tony Clubb 8 James Gavet 10 George Burgess 27 Sam Wood T 14 Ben Flower 32 Owen Trout 16 Morgan Smithies 36 Ronan Michael
Due to ongoing Covid complications, it was decided three days before to extend the play offs to six teams whilst ending the regular season two games earlier than planned. With Wigan having a game in hand on both St Helens and Warrington, they were given this opportunity to clinch the League Leaders Shield for the first time in eight years since 2012.
The match though was a bit after the lord mayors show. Having built up to the derby victory last week, Wigan had been expecting to play both Huddersfield and Leeds this weekend and then Hull next weekend before the play offs began. Instead the change of plan, just two days before the match had been due to play, saw this match pushed back 24 hours with extra importance added in.
That perhaps all contributed to what was a very flat spectacle produced by Wigan. They were getting down the field find but once on the try line they often flattered to deceive and often ending up on the last tackle with no idea what to do with it.
An early Sam Powell barge over (did he get it down?) saw Wigan take a 5th Minute 6-0 lead and you wondered whether an easy night was on the cards but it didn't work out like that.
Huddersfield showed plenty of effort in defence all evening but in truth they barely produced anything in attack. They did manage a try three minutes before half time but that was off the back of a Bevan French error and Sam Wood took advantage to score with Aidan Sezer converting for 6-6 at half time.
The match continued to plod along with very little happening but Wigan, or in particular Jackson Hastings, stepped up half a gear to get Wigan over the line.
First he threw a dummy and went himself to score near the posts before a deft kick to the right allowed Zak Hardaker to score. Hardaker converting for 18-6 and within 3 minutes and 7 seconds Wigan had got the job done with zero evidence Huddersfield could show anything like a fightback.
Hastings then nailed a drop goal with 4 minutes remaining for 19-6 and that sealed the league leaders shield. Ultimately though this was a very forgettable match.
Wigan though more than deserved this league leaders shield. Whilst the cup performance against Leeds left many doubts, in the league Wigan produced excellent performances against Catalan, Warrington and St Helens to highlight that. All about the play offs now though.
04:24 Wigan 04 Huddersfield 00
Try: Sam Powell
Wigan 06 Huddersfield 00
Conversion: Zak Hardaker (1/1)
37:02 Wigan 06 Huddersfield 04
Try: Sam Wood
Wigan 06 Huddersfield 06
Conversion: Aidan Sezer (1/1)
Half` Time Wigan Warriors 6 Huddersfield Giants 6 60:27 Wigan 10 Huddersfield 06
Try: Jackson Hastings
Wigan 12 Huddersfield 06
Conversion: Zak Hardaker (2/2)
63:35 Wigan 16 Huddersfield 06
Try: Zak Hardaker
Wigan 18 Huddersfield 06
Conversion: Zak Hardaker (3/3)
76:02 Wigan 19 Huddersfield 06
Drop Goal: Jackson Hastings
Full Time Wigan Warriors 19 Huddersfield Giants 6 Referee:
0 (Non Fans in Attendance due to Covid-19 Regulations)
This match was originally meant to be Round 13 of 29 in original fixture list and played on Friday 3rd May 2020.
On 3rd November the fixture was moved from Thursday 5th November (7:45pm) to Friday 6th November.
Betfred Super League 25 - Round 11 Result
|Sun 1 Nov||Wakefield Trinity 18 Leeds Rhinos 20||0|
Betfred Super League 25 - Round 9 Result
|Mon 2 Nov||Salford Red Devils 42 Catalan Dragons 24||0|
Betfred Super League 25 - Round 20 Results
|Cancelled||Hull KR v Warrington Wolves||0|
|Cancelled||Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos||0|
|Cancelled||Catalan Dragons v St Helens||0|
|Fri 6 Nov||Wakefield 20 Salford 28 (at Leeds)||0|
|Fri 6 Nov||Wigan 19 Huddersfield 6 (at Leeds)||0|
Final 2020 Betfred Super League 25 Table
|-||Team||P||W||D||L||F||A||Diff||Diff %||Pts||Pts %|
|0||Salford Red Devils||18||8||0||10||354||469||-115||(75.48)||*10*||27.77|
|11||Hull Kingston Rovers||17||3||0||14||290||526||-236||(55.13)||6||17.65|
Top 6 Qualify for Play Offs /