22 Sep 2023
Match Report | Warrington Wolves
Huddersfield Giants ended the 2023 Betfred Super League Season with a 8-20 defeat to Warrington Wolves.
Tonight’s game saw Chris McQueen, Nathan Peats, and Jermaine McGillvary make their final appearances for the Giants, but unfortunately ended their time at the club with a loss.
With not much action within the first two minutes, the first thing to mention is the Cowbell Army giving Jermaine McGillvary a standing ovation on the 2nd minute whilst chanting “JERRY, JERRY” to thank him for his time at the club on his final appearance.
Warrington Wolves opened the scoring in the 6th minute, as Matt Dufty broke through the heart of the Giants’ back line, with Stefan Ratchford converting.
Warrington then increased their advantage in the 12th minute, this time James Harrison jinxing through the middle, touching down just to the left of the posts. With Stefan Ratchford converting his second of the night, the Wolves doubled their advantage to 0-12.
Giants got themselves onto the score sheet just before the break, with Chris McQueen smashing his way through the Warrington defence, scoring a farewell try on his last appearance in Rugby League, with his retirement imminent.
Ian Watson’s men trailed by eight points at the break, some work to do if they wanted to end the season with a victory at the John Smith's Stadium.
Five minutes into the second half, Warrington were awarded a penalty, which Stefan Ratchford elected to kick, to earn Warrington an extra two points, making the score 4-14.
In the 55th minute, Will Pryce’s terrific run through Warrington’s defence decreased the deficit to just six points. Unfortunately, Jake Connor failed to convert his difficult kick from the right hand side.
With 16 minutes left to go, Warrington were awarded another penalty, with Stefan Ratchford opting to convert for the two points, discipline costing Ian Watson's men dear once again.
The same thing occurred in the 71st minute, Stefen Ratchford converting an easier penalty this time around to further their advantage to 10 points.
Once more, Warrington were awarded another penalty from a knock-on, and Stefan Ratchford converted to all but seal the victory and a top 6 finish for the Wolves.
Jermaine McGillvary, Nathan Peats, Chris McQueen, Will Pryce and the Giants who didn't feature tonight depart the club with the best wishes, and we wish everyone well in their next adventure.
HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS- Will Pryce, Sam Halsall, Esan Marsters, Kevin Naiqama, Jermaine Mcgillvary, Jake Connor, Tui Lolohea, Seb Ikahihifo, Adam Milner, Joe Greenwood, Sam Hewitt, Chris Mcqueen, Luke Yates
INTERCHANGES- Nathan Peats, Matty English, Leroy Cudjoe, Oliver Wilson. 18th man, Harvey Livett