Sunday, 17 February 2013

Huddersfield Giants v Wigan Warriors

A top of the table clash at the John Smith's stadium saw the Giants come out on top against a Wigan side who had raced into an early 10-0 lead.

Before the game, Wigan suffered a massive blow as Sam Tomkins was ruled out with a shoulder injury which meant Charnley dropped back to full back to cover for him and in the early exchanges, Wigan capitalised on a Hudds error as Farrell went over from 10 metres with Richards successfully adding the conversion - 6-0 Wigan.

 Farrell was instrumental in Wigan's second try as after collecting the ball from Smith, he went through a gap to race 30 metres down the field and spray a pass to Charnley who went over in the corner but a missed conversion meant Wigan led 10-0.

Wigan looked sharp but just like last week, their discipline let them down as in the 23rd minute they were caught short on the right edge and McGilvary went in in the corner with Brough's conversion bringing them back to 10-6 down.

Both sides pushed for further scored but it remained 10-6 to Wigan as the half time hooter sounded, the second half began with both sides equal in attack and defence but Farrell's conceding of a penalty for holding down gave Hudds the chance to mount an attack and the Wigan defence held out until an overload of attackers down the right, left Cording with a nice gap as he went over for the try with Brough's conversion giving them a 12-10 lead in the 50th minute.

Another discipline fail by Wigan this time from McIlorum for a high tackle allowed Brough to kick over a penalty goal and widen the margin to 4 points at 14-10.

Wigan pressed to get back their lead but some great defence from Hudds kept them out and similarly Hudds were unable to break the Wigan defence, no surprise as going into the game both sides had the best defensive records.

Brough successfully kicked a 48 yard penalty after another infringement by Wigan for holding down to make it 16-10.

However in the final play of the game on the back of conceding seven consecutive penalties, Hudds got a lucky break as Wigan passed the ball along the line hoping for a gap but as the ball was thrown by Richards up popped Ferres with the intercept and he raced 80 yards unchallenged to score and seal a win for the Giants soon joined by Brough's conversion to leave the final score at 22-10 and keep their 100% start to the season and inflict a first defeat of the season on Wigan.