Wakefield End Huddersfield's Form Run

This result was something of a surprise as a skilful looking Wakefield Trinity all but ended Huddersfield’s hopes of a top 4 finish. The margin of defeat was heavy and at 42-16 for the visitors Huddersfield players can perhaps start booking some end of season holidays .

There was a nice little touch from Danny Brough who became the highest scoring player in super league history. it was indeed the Giants who initially looked the better team and a nice passing combination including lee Gaskell and Leroy Cudjoe sent Jermaine McGillvary in at the corner with Brough converting. Five minutes later and the Giants looked likely to continue their run of outstanding form when Ukuma Ta’ai bulldozed his was from a short pass to score under the sticks.

Wakefield have strike weapons of their own and the impact of blockbusting Pauli Pauli was significant. Trinity were back in the game when that superb combination of Bill Tupou and Tom Johnstone combined and Johnstone claimed his 19th try of the season. Ryan Hampshire who has very much found his niche at Wakefield converted from the touchline.

Johnstone for Wakefield and Jordan Turner for Huddersfield went close prior to the interval but defences were the key and at 12-6 for the giants it was a decent first half performance.
That was to continue when Aaron Murphy went over just after the break from a beautiful Lee Gaskell pass . Gaskell has been superb this season and has been a stand out performer in recent months .

However this is where Huddersfield parked the bus. first a mistake by Kruise Leeming resulted in Tom Johnston racing 70 meters. With Hampshire’s conversion the visitors were just four points behind.
Shortly after Ryan Hampshire himself followed up from a Ben Jones Bishop break and kick ahead by taking the ball to score a lovely try. converting his own try meant Wakefield were ahead for the first time in the game.

Further scores were to come for the visitors when a Jacob Miller kick was fumbled by Turner and Scott Grix took advantage with Hampshire as accurate as ever to take Wakefield 24-16 up.
The rest of the game was about a determined and well coached Trinity team showing passion and style to take the victory. Ben Jones Bishop scored his 17th try of the season and then the dangerous Johnstone broke to set up Miller for another superb score. Huddersfield were offering little in return and when Hampshire again broke the Giants defence Grix was at hand to take the four points.

This was a superb second half display by a very good Wakefield team but the Giants players will be disappointed in a poor second half performance .
Huddersfield: Rankin; McGillvary, Cudjoe, Turner, McIntosh; Gaskell, Brough; Ta'ai, O'Brien, Matagi, Mellor, Murphy, Hinchcliffe.

Replacements: Leeming, Lawrence, Clough, Roche.

Wakefield: Grix; Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Tupou, Johnstone; Miller, Hampshire; Huby, Wood, Arona, Ashurst, Batchelor, Crowther.

Replacements: Randell, Horo, Pauli, Hirst.


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