Sunday, 11 August 2013

Giants Clear After Defeating Warriors

Wigan missed the chance to regain top spot from Huddersfield after going down to a 12-30 defeat as the Giants completed a double over the Warriors .

The pre-match headline was the news that Sam Tomkins was out with a back spasm and as a result, Ryan Hampshire had to deputise for a second week after coming in last minute against Hull KR.

Wigan started the better and after two minutes went over for a try through Hansen but Child went to the screen and on review it wad judged that Hansen was held up so Wigan went back to the 10m for the 5th tackle and superb kick by Green was palmed by Charnley for Sam Powell to dive on for the opening try. Richards added the extras and Wigan were off to a flying start at 6-0.

Huddersfield should have pulled back within minutes with two chances to score, the first saw Crabtree knock on with the try line in sight and the second came as Brough intercepted a pass and raced clear only to be caught and tackled by Wigan's answer to Usain Bolt in Josh Charnley who miraclulously caught Brough up after trailing at the interception.

Huddersfield did level the score but it took until the 16th minute as Brough kicked into open space on the left and Murphy went over for an easy try which suprisingly was given via the video referee when it was clear from sitting in the stands but Brough added the extras for 6 all.

The game came to life in the 27th minute as deputising full back Hampshire's quick hands to Goulding allowed him to pick out Charnley who bolted past a Giants defender before whizzing past the covering Brough and under the sticks for his 39th try of the season and surely must be a contender for Man of Steel this season with former winner Pat Richards adding the extras for a 12-6 lead.

However, Huddersfield levelled again as Chan went over after Wigan conceded a penalty and Brough's kick made it 12 all but he could habe sent his side into the break in front as right on the hooter, he attempted a drop goal from 40 metres out which sailed wide so 12 all at half time.

Huddersfield made the perfect start to the second half with a controversial try as Ferres went over and was awarded the try by Child but in the build-up it was clear that a blatant forward pass had been seen by all but the referee and as Brough missed the goal the jeers of the Wigan fans turned to boos for Child who somehow didn't see the forward pass.

Brough tried to make up for his conversion miss with a penalty goal minutes later after Powell was penalised for being offside but the kick missed and the lead remained at four points.

Four soon became ten just before the hour as Grix hit a grubber through the Warriors defence only to somehow get to it before the Wigan runners did and he touched down for the try and this time Brough hit a clever conversion for a score of 12-22 leaving Wigan with much to do to win.

Wigan's hopes were dented as Murphy hit his second try as he was set up by Wardle and raced through the Wigan defence to score and with Brough's goal, Huddersfield had a 12-28 lead. Wigan soon thought they had scored as Green went for the try and Child went to the screen but to the groans of the Wigan fans, Green was shown to have touched down short of the line .

Huddersfield extended their lead and guaranteed a three point lead in the league table as Lauaki conceded a penalty and Brough kicked successfully for a lead of 18 points at 12-30 which was the final score as the hooter sounded making Wigan's hopes of the treble slim and putting Huddersfield favourites for the League Leaders Shield with three rounds to go.

A bad night for Wigan on the night that the heroes of the past graced the DW pitch but it was the sight of current hero Sam Tomkins sat in the dugout that had the fans pre-match hopes go from hopeful to cautious which has become the tradition when the fullback has been missing. At the time of writing, Wigan sadly sit third in the table after Warrington beat Wakefield yesterday and with a tough trip to Catalan in a week it will take a big effort to regain top two status.