Giant Leap Towards Safety For Huddersfield


The Huddersfield Giants took a massive 2 points with a 20-12 victory over the Wigan Warriors, the win moving them to 7th in the table but Wakefield, playing Friday night, could overtake them with a win against the Rhinos.

Wigan made the best possible start to the game, forcing a goal line drop out in the first 4 minutes and then turning their field position into points, Marshall the unlikely source of a delicate chip towards the in goal area, Sam Tomkins then racing through and collecting on the full to score the opening points of the game, Tomkins then converting his own kick.

Huddersfield would slowly but surely build themselves into the game with the assistance of a penalty for a high tackle on Jermaine McGilvary, the Giants losing the ball but showing encouraging signs. The next time they were given a crack at the Warriors line they wouldn't let their opposition off so lightly, an offside call moving the Giants in range before Darnell McIntosh collected a high Lee Gaskell kick to the left corner, Brough off the mark with the boot, 6-4.

Huddersfield had started to establish themselves as a dominant force in this game, firstly forcing
Liam Marshall over his own dead ball line to win possession back from a drop out, then the Giants would level the score from dead in front off the boot of Danny Brough, the Warriors caught offside for a second time, 6-6.

In the 25th minute the Giants would hit the front for the first time in the game, Adam O'Brien clearly out to atone for the knock on that cost his side field position just minutes before, his confidence not shaken as he released a perfectly timed offload for Alex Mellor to go over, Brough unable to convert as Huddersfield took a 10-6 lead.

Huddersfield had clearly come with a plan, shallow kicks in behind the wingers to trap them in their own in goal area, the Giants kicking early and hunting a doomed Tom Davies as a pack, giving the Warriors winger little to no chance of making a return in excess of a few metres.

5 minutes before the close of the first half, Huddersfield would extend their lead to a converted try, winning the ball back from a forward pass spotted by the referee, the Warriors then failing to clear the ruck and Brough would take the easy points on offer, the Giants now holding a 12-6 lead into the half.

It would be the home side who would make the brighter start to the second half, Darnell McIntosh helping himself to his second of the game just  minutes into the second half, a quick passing move giving the in form winger a gap on the outside as he dived into the corner, Brough unable to extend the lead further as Huddersfield held a 16-6 lead.

Wigan would go close to tightening up the gap, Sam Tomkins sniffing a chance as he tried to barge his way over, the Giants defence holding it's own and holding the Warriors fullback up, Taulima Tautai then chancing his arm but unable to keep hold of the ball in contact.

Huddersfield would look like inviting the Warriors right back into the game, a penalty for a high shot on Tom Davies marching Wigan downfield, a 40/20 then resulting in a tap and go for the Warriors and as Woods look to get things moving quickly, Lawerence preventing him from doing so and the Giants forward sent to the sin bin for his actions.

The Giants not just holding out while fielding 12 men but actually increasing their advantage on the scoreboard, Leroy Cudjoe reacting fastest to a bobbling ball after a nice kick into space for the centre, Cudjoe then grounding to take Huddersfield to a 20-6 lead with less than 15 minutes left to play.

With 5 minutes left to play Wigan would receive a consolation try through Sam Tomkins, the Warriors fullback in the hunt for his own kick before being taken out, Wigan turning possesion into points as they moved the ball through the hands and Tomkins delivering the pass for Davies to cross in the corner, Tomkins adding the extras but the Warriors ultimately outplayed by Huddersfield as they ran out 20-12 winners.

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