Huddersfield Giants 6-13 Wigan Warriors

Thursday 20th September 2018
KO: 19:45 - Round: 6

6-13 FT

HT: 0 6

Official: G Dolan

Venue: John Smith's Stadium

  • Huddersfield Giants

  • Tries
    Kruise Leeming,

  • Goals
    Danny Brough,

  • Drop Goals

  • Wigan Warriors

  • Tries
    Morgan Escare, Oliver Gildart,

  • Goals
    Sam Tomkins 2,

  • Drop Goals
    Morgan Escare,

Official Report / Commentary

Wigan Warriors ground out a 13-6 win over Huddersfield Giants to maintain the only 100 per cent record in the Super 8s and clinch a home semi-final.

The Warriors needed a try from Oliver Gildart three minutes from the end to finally end the resistance of the Giants and condemn them to a fourth successive defeat in an error-strewn match.

The game was played in persistent rain at the John Smith’s Stadium in the type of conditions Wigan might well experience if they reach the Grand Final at Old Trafford in October.

Sam Tomkins’ penalty gave Wigan an early lead before Morgan Escare scored the game’s first try to give the Warriors a 6-0 half-time advantage.

Escare edged Wigan further ahead with a drop goal just before the hour mark but Shaun Wane’s side were hanging on after Kruise Leeming went over eight minutes from time.

Huddersfield’s hopes of finishing their home campaign with a win ended when Danny Brough was sin-binned for a high tackle and Gildart secured Wigan's win.

Wane said: “We did what we needed to do. We’ve struggled here in the past. They had nothing to play for but they played with spirit.

“Getting second was really important to me and we’ve nailed that.

“I just wanted to get the win. We’ve under-performed here in the past and I just wanted the two points to keep the momentum going.”

Giants head coach Simon Woolford said: "We had too many disruptions but it’s a better feeling than last week.

“Obviously the conditions weren’t great and we had a wounded team – we struggled to pick a 19-man squad earlier in the week – but, all things considered, the effort was fantastic and I’m really proud of them.

“There are a lot of positives to take out it. We’re  disappointed we didn’t win but there’s no shame.”

  • 80: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins
  • 78: TRY! scored for Wigan by Oliver Gildart
  • 72: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 71: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Kruise Leeming
  • 59: Goal scored for Wigan by Morgan Escare
  • 30: Interchange On for Huddersfield, Kruise Leeming On
  • 30: Interchange Off for Huddersfield, Adam O'Brien Off
  • 30: Interchange On for Huddersfield, Colton Roche On
  • 30: Interchange Off for Huddersfield, Ryan Hinchcliffe Off
  • 24: Interchange On for Wigan, Gabriel Hamlin On
  • 24: Interchange Off for Wigan, Tony Clubb Off
  • 23: Interchange On for Huddersfield, Matty English On
  • 23: Interchange Off for Huddersfield, Michael Lawrence Off
  • 21: Interchange Off for Huddersfield, Suaia Matagi Off
  • 21: Interchange On for Huddersfield, Paul Clough On
  • 20: Interchange Off for Wigan, Romain Navarrete Off
  • 20: Interchange On for Wigan, Taulima Tautai On
  • 18: TRY! scored for Wigan by Morgan Escare
  • 11: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins
  • Key Performers

    Danny Brough

    Forty Twenty: 1

    Sam Powell

    Tackles: 68

    Joe Greenwood

    Metres: 153

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Giants 1
    Warriors 2

    Goals:

    Giants 1
    Warriors 2

    METRES:

    Giants 1149
    Warriors 1229

    CARRIES:

    Giants 171
    Warriors 169

    TACKLES:

    Giants 346
    Warriors 335

    OFFLOADS:

    Giants 4
    Warriors 2

    PENALTIES:

    Giants 11
    Warriors 7

    BREAKS:

    Giants 1
    Warriors 2

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Paul Clough 0 0 21 3 0 1 0 20 148 7.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Suaia Matagi 0 0 18 2 2 2 0 11 96 8.73 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew English 0 0 26 5 3 0 0 13 93 7.15 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Lee Gaskell 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 11 90 8.18 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Mamo 0 0 19 2 2 3 0 14 90 6.43 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Jordan Rankin 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 10 83 8.30 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Colton Roche 0 0 24 5 0 1 0 8 76 9.50 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Hinchcliffe 0 0 38 12 1 1 0 14 71 5.07 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Kruise Leeming 1 0 26 8 0 2 1 11 71 6.45 0 10 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ukuma Ta'ai 0 0 21 1 1 1 0 9 61 6.78 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Innes Senior 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 8 56 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Oliver Roberts 0 0 39 7 3 0 0 10 56 5.60 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Oliver Russell 0 0 18 1 2 0 3 10 46 4.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
    Alex Mellor 0 0 26 4 1 0 0 9 44 4.89 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Mike Lawrence 0 0 31 6 1 1 0 8 42 5.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Brough 0 0 13 1 0 1 10 4 22 5.50 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3
    Adam O'Brien 0 0 17 1 0 0 0 1 4 4.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Joe Greenwood 0 0 34 7 2 1 0 20 153 7.65 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    John Bateman 0 0 27 9 1 3 0 13 133 10.23 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Tom Davies 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 14 130 9.29 0 6 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Sutton 0 0 46 13 0 2 0 16 99 6.19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Dominic Manfredi 0 0 3 0 0 5 0 13 96 7.38 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Dan Sarginson 0 0 6 0 0 2 0 11 95 8.64 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Oliver Gildart 1 0 8 1 1 1 0 14 94 6.71 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Tony Clubb 0 0 18 2 3 0 0 11 93 8.45 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Taulima Tautai 0 0 23 8 2 0 0 10 71 7.10 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Morgan Escare 1 0 4 0 1 1 0 14 67 4.79 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
    George Williams 0 1 12 1 0 1 4 9 62 6.89 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Romain Navarrete 0 0 27 8 2 0 0 5 54 10.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Gabriel Hamlin 0 0 28 7 1 0 0 9 47 5.22 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
    Oliver Partington 0 0 18 2 0 0 0 4 26 6.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Sam Tomkins 0 0 12 1 2 0 2 4 5 1.25 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0
    Sam Powell 0 0 68 11 0 0 0 2 4 2.00 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Josh Woods 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties