Wigan vs Huddersfield Match Report

This was a huge performance from the Huddersfield giants with glorious efforts from Joe and Jake Wardle, Kruis Leeming, Michael Lawrence and Lee Gaskell. In a tough and explosive game the Giants were truly awesome in defence with a full eighty minute effort. This was magnificent defence with total commitment from start to finish and coach Simon Woolford will be more than pleased.

For Wigan this is four defeats in five games and frustrations were showing on the pitch with Skipper Sean O’Loughlin giving a full dressing down to his team mate Sam Powell.
Not good times .

Whilst the Giants out performed Wigan defensively the spine of the team in Leeming, Gaskell, Murphy , Frawley and McIntosh were also stand out in every way. Leeming was a constant thorn in the side of the Wigan defence and came close to claiming the man of the match.

Leeming’s score after eleven minutes was a superb bit of energy and skill as he stepped his way through a bewildered Wigan defence .
Frenchman Morgan Escare responded following up a lovely Thomas leuluai kick to score and with the conversion all was equal .
In a rough at tough encounter Wigan lost both wingers through injury with Dominic Manfredi losing a number of teeth for his efforts.
But the game changed again in Huddersfield's favour on 58 minutes when forward Taulima Tautai kicked out at Ukuma Ta'ai while lying on the ground, resulting in a penalty from Gaskell to take the giants two points ahead
With 16 minutes to go that man Joe Wardle took a wonderful pass from Adam O Brien to essentially seal the game . Seconds before Wardle had been injured on the floor but still had that vision to see the space opening up before him .
This was a superb victory for the Giants and a lack lustre display from a Wigan team missing some leadership in the middle.
Coach Adrian Lam will be expecting far more from George Williams and Sean OLoughlin and that turn around needs to happen quickly 
Wigan: Hardaker; Manfredi, Hankinson, Gildart, Marshall; Williams, Leuluai; Clubb, Powell, Flower, Isa, Paisley, O'Loughlin.
Interchanges: Bullock, Tautai, Hamlin, Escare.
Sin-bin: Tautai (58)
Huddersfield: McIntosh; McGillvary, Turner, Joe Wardle, Uate; Gaskell, Frawley; Ikahihifo, Leeming, Ta'ai, Jake Wardle, Mellor, Murphy.
Interchanges: O'Brien, Roberts, Matagi, Lawrence.



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