12 May 2022
Three wins in-a-row as Giants outclass Wigan!
Huddersfield (12) 32
Tries: Senior 3, Leutele, Wardle, Hewitt
Goals: Russell 4
Sin-Bin: Joe Greenwood
Wigan (6) 22
Tries: Halsall 2, Nicholson 2
Goals: Smith 3
Huddersfield: Lolohea, Golding, Leutele, Wardle, Senior, Russell, Fages, English, Ashworth, Hewitt, Greenwood, O'Brien, Wilson.
Interchanges: Levi, Mason, Lawrence, Trout
Wigan: French, Halsall, Thornley, Bibby, Miski, Astley, Smith, Singleton, O'Neil, Ellis, Isa, McDonnell, Partington
Interchanges: Mago, Havard, Shorrocks, Nicholson
Referee: Tom Grant
A hat-trick for Louis Senior was the catalyst for Huddersfield Giants to beat fellow Betfred Challenge Cup Finalists Wigan Warriors in the Betfred Super League, as the Giants won the dress rehearsal, 32-22.
Senior and Ricky Leutele crossed over for the Giants in the first half, with the sole reply from the visitors coming courtesy of Sam Halsall, as the two sides went in six points apart at the end of the first half.
Senior's second and an acrobatic finish from Jake Wardle put the Giants seemingly in control, but efforts from Matty Nicholson and a second for Halsall cut the Giants lead.
Sam Hewitt scored to reassert the Giants control, but a second for debutant Nicholson set up a nervy finish at the John Smith's Stadium. Any doubts were extinguished however as Louis Senior sealed his hat-trick on the hooter.
Ricky Leutele's effort ensured a happy 200th appearance, and the game saw another fine performance from Giants full-back Tui Lolohea, especially his assist for Senior's second, a looping pass that cut the Cherry & White's defence and put the Giants in control. Jake Wardle's try showed class with an excellent finish reviewed by Video Referee Robert Hicks.
Huddersfield's victory puts them full of confidence for their next Super League test against Toulouse Olympique, and also for the upcoming Challenge Cup Final. Don't forget, tickets are still available.