Match Report

Super League
Friday 13th February 2015, 20:00
Super League - Round: 2
Super League
Wigan Warriors

Wigan Warriors

(10) 24

v

Huddersfield Giants

(16) 16

Huddersfield Giants

5 Trys

Joel Tomkins 2, John Bateman, Michael McIlorum, Ryan Sutton,

TRIES

TRIES 3

Anthony Mullally, Jamie Ellis, Aaron Murphy,

2 Goals

Ryan Hampshire 2,

GOALS

Goals 2

Danny Brough 2,

0 TRIES

 
D. GOALS

D Goals 0

 

Attendance:   Official: R Silverwood  Venue: DW Stadium

Star Man STAR MAN: Aaron Murphy  

GIANTS

OPPONENT

Action Timeline

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Full Time Report

Huddersfield Giants were beaten 24-16 by Wigan Warriors in a hard-fought contest at the DW Stadium. 

The Giants made one change from the team which lost to Hull last week; Jake Connor coming in at full-back with Aaron Murphy moving to left wing to the exclusion of Jodie Broughton. There was a late change to the Wigan line-up when George Williams got an injury in the warm-up - Ryan Hampshire replacing him.

Josh Charnley’s kick-off went out on the full giving the Giants early field position and a Danny Brough kick forced a goal line drop out. Another Brough kick to the in-goal area gave Jamie Ellis a chance but he couldn’t hold on to the ball. The continuing pressure did though get its reward on seven minutes when Anthony Mullally forced his way over by the posts following a penalty, with Brough adding the extras.

The home side gradually began to get a foothold in the game, forcing a goal line drop out and on 20 minutes, following a somewhat harsh penalty award Joel Tomkins took advantage of Leroy Cudjoe coming out of the line to touch down wide out, Powell missing the conversion attempt.

The Giants tried to make a quick response, with Brett Ferres being held just short, but the Claret and Gold were beginning to concede a succession of penalties and on 25 minutes Bateman exploited a gap in the Giants defence to put his side ahead with a try to which Hampshire added the extras.

The visitors hit back almost immediately, as Larne Patrick lost possession 30 metres out with Jack Hughes picking up and making the break to put Ellis over for the try. Brough’s conversion gave the Giants a two-point advantage and this might have been more shortly afterwards when Jake Connor was tackled in the air in the act of catching Brough’s kick to the goal line, a penalty being awarded rather than a penalty try.

The Giants did though extend their lead before half-time, when Connor’s astute grubber kick to the in-goal area was touched down by Aaron Murphy wide out on the left. Brough failed to add the extras but the Giants took a six-point lead into the interval and deserved to be ahead. Wigan’s discipline had let them down and they had lost Sam Powell to the sin bin on 28 minutes for a chicken wing tackle on Eorl Crabtree.

Both sides made a succession of errors when the second half began but gradually the home side gained the momentum and on 53 minutes they reduced the deficit to two points with an unconverted try by Joel Tomkins who took advantage of Cudjoe’s slip in defence.

The Giants were conceding too many penalties as the half wore on with Wigan enjoying the bulk of field position and ball possession. On 62 minutes following a scrum a melee developed resulting in Craig Huby and Ryan Sutton being sent to the sin bin.

The Giants defence held firm until the 71st minute when Bateman broke through in centre field on a 30-metre run, handing on to McIlorum who touched down to put his side in front, Hampshire missing the conversion attempt.

Then 4 minutes later, after consecutive sets of tackles Sutton crashed over by the posts with Hampshire adding the extras to put his side eight points ahead.

The Giants had been on the back foot for most of the second half with a 7-2 penalty count against putting them under almost continuous pressure which in the end took its toll, but overall this had been a big improvement on the previous week’s display.

Wigan Warriors (10) 24

Tries: J Tomkins (2), Bateman, McIlorum, Sutton

Goals: Hampshire (2)

1. Matty Bowen, 2. Josh Charnley, 3. Anthony Gelling, 11. Joel Tomkins, 5. Joe Burgess, 20. Ryan Hampshire, 16. Sam Powell, 8. Dom Crosby, 9. Michael McIlorum, 28. Ryan Sutton, 12. Liam Farrell, 14. John Bateman, 13. Sean O'Loughlin. Interchange: 17. Tony Clubb, 25. Larne Patrick, 26. Logan Tomkins, 31. Connor Farrell. 

Giants (16) 16

Tries: Mullally, Ellis, Murphy

Goals: Brough (2)

22. Jake Connor, 2. Jermaine McGillvary, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 4. Joe Wardle, 5. Aaron Murphy 6. Danny Brough, 20. Jamie Ellis, 10. Craig Huby, 9. Shaun Lunt, 19. Anthony Mullally, 11. Brett Ferres, 12. Jack Hughes, 17. Ukuma Ta'ai. Interchange: 7. Luke Robinson, 8. Eorl Crabtree, 13. Chris Bailey, 15. Craig Kopczak

Giants Man of the Match: Aaron Murphy

Penalties: Wigan 11 Giants 9

Drop outs: Wigan 1 Giants 2

Weather: Dry, cloudy

Temperature: 5C

Referee: Richard Silverwood 

Attendance: 12488

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