19th March 2017, 18:19 | super_league
Huddersfield Giants bounced back from last week's drubbing by taking a point from Wigan Warriors as they battled to a 16-16 draw in the Betfred Super League.
The Giants led 14-10 at the break with both teams crossing for two tries apiece, the first coming from nothing for Huddersfield with Lee Gaskell going over from a metre out after Jermaine McGillvary was hauled down following a 95-yard interception.
Morgan Escare and Darnell McIntosh then traded four pointers, before Tom Davies crossed on his debut to put Wigan within two points.
The Warriors scored the only try of the second half through Anthony Gelling, but no one could produce that one piece of magic to clinch the win.
Kruise Leeming was sent to the bin for a high tackle with just over 10 minutes to go, giving Escare the chance to level the scores with the boot with six minutes to go.
Both sides had chances to clinch the win, but Danny Brough blew his moment as he rushed a drop-goal attempt in the dying moments as Wigan held on to go top of the table.
Wigan head coach Shaun Wane admitted he was pleased to claim the point, after injuries to Sean O'Loughlin and Jack Wells inside the opening eight minutes, which left his side with just two replacements for the rest of the game.
“It doesn’t feel like a defeat," he said. "Credit to them, they came with a game plan and the game was played at the pace they wanted.
“We were off, it was a flat game and we didn’t do much to get ourselves out of it. Coupled with the loss of personnel I am happy for the draw.
“Wells rolled his ankle and Lockers (O’Loughlin has a pull in his calf). We had to reshuffle. We have been good this year so I’m not going to ride them too hard for this.”
However Giants boss Rick Stone was frustrated at the missed opportunity for his side. He said: "Wigan were there for the taking today with injuries and they weren’t at their best.
"We attacked a bit better. We challenged Wigan a bit more offensively. A point against the current champions you would definitely call that a pass mark. There was a good opportunity to take the full two points, we have got to learn to manage that better.”