6th November 2020: Wigan 19 Huddersfield 6
Posted by Bilko on October 31 2020 - 15:37

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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

Aidan Sezer

   G 
19

Joe Bullock

        17

Ukuma Ta'ai

   
9 Sam Powell  T        37 Brandon Moore    
38

Brad Singleton

        13

Michael Lawrence

   
11 Willie Isa         34 Chris McQueen    
12 Liam Farrell         12 Joe Wardle    
17

Oliver Partington

        4

Jordan Turner

   
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    
               
Report: 

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.

Scoring: 
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: 

Chris Kendall

Attendance: 

0 (Non Fans in Attendance due to Covid-19 Regulations)

Note: 

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 %
1 Wigan Warriors 17 13 0 4 408 278 +130 (146.76) 26 76.47
2 St Helens 17 12 0 5 469 195 +274 (240.51) 24 70.59
3 Warrington Wolves 17 12 0 5 365 204 +161 (178.92) 24 70.59
4 Catalan Dragons 13 8 0 5 376 259 +117 (145.17) 16 61.54
5 Leeds Rhinos 17 10 0 7 369 390 -21 (94.62) 20 58.82
6 Hull FC 17 9 0 8 405 436 -31 (92.89) 18 52.94
7 Huddersfield Giants 18 7 0 11 318 367 -48 (86.65) 14 38.89
8 Castleford Tigers 16 6 0 10 328 379 -51 (86.54) 12 37.50
0 Salford Red Devils 18 8 0 10 354 469 -115 (75.48) *10* 27.77
10 Wakefield Trinity 19 5 0 14 324 503 -179 (64.41) 10 26.32
11 Hull Kingston Rovers 17 3 0 14 290 526 -236 (55.13) 6 17.65

Top 6 Qualify for Play Offs / No Relegation
It was decided on September 9th to calculate table using points percentage.
It was decided on 3rd November 2020 to end the regular season early.
It was decided on 3rd November 2020 to change to a Top 6 Play Off.
*Salford deducted 3 wins for breaching 2013 CVA Agreement with RFL.