Match Report: Huddersfield 48 Wigan 16
Posted by Bilko on September 13 2009 - 18:56
Well I wish I'd have known Wigan wern't going to bother today because I wouldn't have wasted my time travelling. They just wern't interested.

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Huddersfield Giants v Wigan Warriors - Engage Super League 14 Round 27.
Sunday 13th September 2009. Kick Off 3:00pm at Galpharm Stadium.

Match Report

Well I know their was little to play for this afternoon for Wigan but that performance mugged the huge Wigan following that travelled over today. It was a pretty packed "Pink Link" away stand that witnessed a non arsed effort.

Every bit of poor play in the book was displayed by Wigan. Incomplete sets, penalties conceded, rubbish execution, terrible defence, forward passes, kick offs out on the full, passes intercepted - you name it Wigan did it today. Huddersfield were classy in executing in attack but they really didn't have to work hard because Wigan kept gifting them the territory.

We also lacked direction in the absence of Sam Tomkins (ankle injury) and also Mark Riddell who had returned home on compassionate grounds.. Sean O'Loughlin started at stand off with Mike McIlorum replacing Riddell and Mark Flanagan playing at Loose Forward. Huddersfield also had absences with Keith Mason and Scott Moore being stood down for an alleged breach of club discipline.

The home side took the lead on 8 minutes with a classy try from Brett Hodgson after Mike McIlorum was penalised for holding down. I've been saying on the message board he should be a shoe in for Man of Steel and he rubber stamped my opinion today with an outstanding effort. He also kicked the first of 8 goals to make it 6-0.

Wigan though responded well with a nice try. They had territory gifted though with Liam Fulton's last tackle kick sailing well out on the full but nice hands from Thomas Leuluai and Sean O'Loughlin saw Mark Flanagan break the line and dart over for his first Wigan try. Pat Richards, needing 15 points today to be Super League's top points scorer for a third consecutive season, missed the conversion.

The pressure was all Huddersfield's though, helped by a 40/20 from Brett Hodgson on 17 minutes. Luke Robinson went close but was just short after having his ankles tapped. Although that 40/20 ended up with a knock on by Michael Lawrence, they would soon get the ball back and force Wigan into making two goal line drop outs in a row. Richards belted the second drop out 70 metres but David Hodgson, looking like he was going nowhere on the left wing, broke out of a pathetic tackle attempt from Amos Roberts and then sidestepped Cameron Phelps to score on 28 minutes. Roberts should hang his head in shame for that. Really poor and he knew it. Hodgson converted to make it 10-4.

More poor tackle attempts followed for the Giants next try three minutes later. Shaun Lunt darted over from close range but with three or four men on him he surely would be held up? That'll be a no then because he somehow grounded and the conversion from Hodgson made it 18-4. Shocking try to concede that - no way should he have got close to grounding it.

Wigan at this point made changes. Mike McIlorum had done ok, playing his first game since July 3rd v Harlequins, but he was now blowing hard. Karl Pryce came on to play centre with Martin Gleeson I think moving into the halves and Thomas Leuluai into dummy half.

It paid immediate dividends with a try on 37 minutes for Richards. 30 metres out Sean O'Loughlin fired a beautiful long range pass out wide to send Richards easily racing to the corner. He also hit an excellent conversion to make it 18-10 at half time. Quite pleasing at that point considering Wigan had no more than three attacks and had scored from two of them.

But we started the second half appallingly and Huddersfield scored three times before Wigan had any kind of meaningful possession.

First Leroy Cudjoe touched down a neat grubber kick, then after a kick off from Richards sailed out on the full giving Hudds easy territory, a kick from Hodgson was fumbled by O'Loughlin and pounced on by Shaun Lunt. Shockingly Richards belted another kick off out on the full which gave the Giants more easy yardage for Paul Whatuira to score from. Brett Hodgson converted all three to take the score to 36-10 and game over.

So with the two drop outs in a row first half and two kick offs out on the full second half, Huddersfield had a combined spell of about twenty minutes of ball without Wigan getting a touch. During that time they scored five tries with most of the damage coming from attacking kicks either to force the drop outs or to score the tries. This is something Wigan don't do ever. Watch the video of this and compared out last tackle options to theirs! It really shows us up in that department and for me the lack of a last tackle kicking game is why keep falling short in semi finals.

Anyway at this point Wigan really did have nothing to play for and it was looking like Huddersfield could rack up sixty points. But referee Ian Smith seemed to be feeling sorry for us at this point - giving us most of the 50/50 decisions. Leroy Cudjoe did claim a second try on 62 minutes to make it 42-10 before Joel Tomkins scored a nice try, which, although it was from the opposite angle, was similar to his Murrayfield Magic effort earlier in the season. But Wigan summed up their day by finishing off with an intercept thrown straight to Cudjoe who raced 80 metres to complete his hatrick with four minutes to go.

So a really poor display but I think it may do us good going into next week to get a bad display out the way. Also I think playing Castleford is probably better than Catalans although should we win we will now face a tougher match in Week 2. We really struggled without Sam Tomkins though and hopefully he will be back next week.

Positives? Well not many but I it does have to be said that on the rare occasions we did attack, we generally scored. We got three tries from possibly six goes at the Giants line? It can't have been much more than that because we didn't have enough ball.

At the end of the day Leigh would have beaten Wigan today the way they played. They just didn't want it and Noble admitted it looked like they were complacent. Hopefully this is not a sign of things to come next week when they play Castleford in the play offs on Sunday Night.

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "I do get a bit cross when accusations like complacency are made. But I admit it did look like that. Too many players were not at the races. That's going to have to change for next week. Huddersfield are too good a side to concede possession to. Some of the things we did were not as we had practised. Thankfully the result doesn't affect us that much. But it gives us an opportunity to work on a few things defensively in training ahead of the play-offs."

Huddersfield Coach Nathan Brown: "It was good to go into the play-offs off the back of a great win. Brett Hodgson was outstanding, as he has been all season. He's one of the main reasons why we finished so high up the table."

Team Sheets

- Huddersfield Position Wigan -
1 Brett Hodgson Full Back Cameron Phelps 21
21 Leroy Cudjoe Winger Amos Roberts 2
19 Michael Lawrence Centre Martin Gleeson 22
4 Paul Whatuira Centre George Carmont 4
5 David Hodgson Winger Pat Richards 5
6 Liam Fulton Stand Off Sean O'Loughlin 13
7 Luke Robinson Scrum Half Thomas Leuluai 7
35 Danny Sculthorpe Prop Andy Coley 15
9 David Faiumu Hooker Mike McIlorum 17
15 Paul Jackson Prop Paul Prescott 30
13 Stephen Wild 2nd Row Joel Tomkins 14
12 Andy Raleigh 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 16
2 Martin Aspinwall L.Forward Mark Flanagan 26
8 Eorl Crabtree Substitute Stuart Fielden 8
10 Darrell Griffin Substitute Iafeta Paleaaesina 10
24 Shaun Lunt Substitute Karl Pryce 20
30 Larne Patrick Substitute Lee Mossop 24

Score Sheet

Huddersfield Giants 48 --- Wigan Warriors 16
Tries (8):
Brett Hodgson
David Hodgson
Shaun Lunt 2
Leroy Cudjoe 3
Paul Whatuira
--- Tries (3):
Mark Flanagan
Pat Richards
Joel Tomkins
Brett Hodgson 8/8
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 2/3

Scoring and Incident Pattern

8th Minute Huddersfield 04 Wigan 00 Try: Brett Hodgson
- Huddersfield 06 Wigan 00 Conversion: Brett Hodgson (1/1)
12th Minute Huddersfield 06 Wigan 04 Try: Mark Flanagan
- Huddersfield 06 Wigan 04 P.Richards Missed Conversion (0/1)
17th Minute Huddersfield 40/20 Kick Brett Hodgson
27th Minute Huddersfield 10 Wigan 04 Try: David Hodgson
- Huddersfield 12 Wigan 04 Conversion: Brett Hodgson (2/2)
32nd Minute Huddersfield 16 Wigan 04 Try: Shaun Lunt
- Huddersfield 18 Wigan 04 Conversion: Brett Hodgson (3/3)
37th Minute Huddersfield 18 Wigan 08 Try: Pat Richards
- Huddersfield 18 Wigan 10 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/2)
Half Time Huddersfield Giants 18 Wigan Warriors 10
45th Minute Huddersfield 22 Wigan 10 Try: Leroy Cudjoe
- Huddersfield 24 Wigan 10 Conversion: Brett Hodgson (4/4)
50th Minute Huddersfield 28 Wigan 10 Try: Shaun Lunt
- Huddersfield 30 Wigan 10 Conversion: Brett Hodgson (5/5)
53rd Minute Huddersfield 34 Wigan 10 Try: Paul Whatuira
- Huddersfield 36 Wigan 10 Conversion: Brett Hodgson (6/6)
61st Minute Huddersfield 40 Wigan 10 Try: Leroy Cudjoe (2)
- Huddersfield 42 Wigan 10 Conversion: Brett Hodgson (7/7)
69th Minute Huddersfield 42 Wigan 14 Try: Joel Tomkins
- Huddersfield 42 Wigan 16 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/3)
78th Minute Huddersfield 46 Wigan 16 Try: Leroy Cudjoe (3)
- Huddersfield 48 Wigan 16 Conversion: Brett Hodgson (8/8)
Full Time Huddersfield Giants 48 Wigan Warriors 16


Ian Smith (Oldham)

Penalties Conceded

Huddersfield 8 Wigan 8

Match Milestone

Mark Flanagan scored his first Wigan Try.

Match Attendance



Dry with sunny spells but breezy.

Final Super League 14 League Table

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 27 21 0 6 805 453 +352 42
2 St Helens 27 19 0 8 733 466 +267 38
3 Huddersfield Giants 27 18 0 9 690 416 +274 36
4 Hull Kingston Rovers 27 17 1 9 650 516 +134 35
5 Wakefield Wildcats 27 16 0 11 685 609 +76 32
6 Wigan Warriors 27 15 0 12 659 551 +108 30
7 Castleford Tigers 27 14 0 13 645 702 -57 28
8 Catalans Dragons 27 13 0 14 613 660 -47 26
9 Bradford Bulls 27 12 1 14 653 668 -15 25
10 Warrington Wolves 27 12 0 15 649 705 -56 24
11 Harlequins 27 11 0 16 591 691 -100 22
12 Hull FC 27 10 0 17 502 623 -121 20
13 Salford City Reds 27 7 0 20 456 754 -298 14
14 Celtic Crusaders 27 3 0 24 357 874 -517 6

Round 27 Results
Fri 11 Sept Hull FC 18 Bradford Bulls 21 10,412
Fri 11 Sept Salford City Reds 24 Leeds Rhinos 30 6,101
Fri 11 Sept St Helens 12 Catalan Dragons 24 8,268
Sat 12 Sept Wakefield Wildcats 24 Hull Kingston Rovers 10 6,328
Sun 13 Sept Huddersfield Giants 48 Wigan Warriors 16 8,988
Sun 13 Sept Warrington Wolves 44 Harlequins 34 10,387
Sun 13 Sept Castleford Tigers 35 Celtic Crusaders 22 6,547