Wigan Warriors 6-14 Huddersfield Giants

Friday 8th March 2019
KO: 19:45 - Round: 5

6-14 FT

HT: 0 6

Official: R Hicks

Venue: DW Stadium

  • Wigan Warriors

  • Tries
    Morgan Escare,

  • Goals
    Zak Hardaker,

  • Drop Goals

  • Huddersfield Giants

  • Tries
    Kruise Leeming, Joe Wardle,

  • Goals
    Lee Gaskell 3,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Huddersfield Giants recorded their first win of the Betfred Super League season, beating defending champions Wigan Warriors 14-6 at the DW Stadium.

The Warriors crashed to their fourth successive loss, a run which started with their defeat to Sydney Roosters.

The Giants led 6-0 at the break thanks to a try from Kruise Leeming, but the scoreboard failed to show how dominant they were as they had the champions on the back foot from the first minute.

Wigan looked lost and Lee Gaskell and Matt Frawley took advantage of that as they controlled the game effortlessly in the opening 40 minutes.

The hosts managed to hit back in the second half with a try from Morgan Escare, but they were unable to kick on and Joe Wardle ensured the points went back to Yorkshire with Huddersfield’s second try after 66 minutes.

Wigan coach Adrian Lam said: "I’m a bit rattled really,” he said. “They looked like a shell of their former selves. We are training well, but we just can’t put a finger on it at the moment.

“It’s not good. We also lost both wingers and I think we were down to one substitute at the end, so there are a few more injuries to take into consideration as well."

Huddersfield coach Simon Woolford said: "I’m just happy for the boys. Our effort has been good in patches in the last four weeks, but we haven’t been able to produce an 80-minute performance. Saying that, with the ball there is still a lot of areas we need to improve on.

“We bombed a few chances tonight, but as far as our effort was concerned it was spot on.”

  • 66: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Lee Gaskell
  • 65: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Joe Wardle
  • 59: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Lee Gaskell
  • 53: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Zak Hardaker
  • 52: TRY! scored for Wigan by Morgan Escare
  • 13: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Lee Gaskell
  • 12: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Kruise Leeming
  • Key Performers

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Warriors 1
    Giants 2

    Goals:

    Warriors 1
    Giants 3

    METRES:

    Warriors 1196
    Giants 1335

    CARRIES:

    Warriors 178
    Giants 209

    TACKLES:

    Warriors 402
    Giants 325

    OFFLOADS:

    Warriors 4
    Giants 17

    PENALTIES:

    Warriors 6
    Giants 5

    BREAKS:

    Warriors 4
    Giants 4

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Zak Hardaker 0 0 5 1 1 5 0 17 147 8.65 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
    Oliver Gildart 0 0 24 4 0 2 0 14 142 10.14 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joe Bullock 0 0 32 7 3 5 0 16 137 8.56 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    William Isa 0 0 28 4 2 3 0 14 96 6.86 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Hankinson 0 0 7 0 0 2 0 19 93 4.89 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1
    Morgan Escare 1 0 8 1 0 2 0 9 73 8.11 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Thomas Leuluai 0 1 14 1 0 0 4 14 63 4.50 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sean O'Loughlin 0 0 35 9 1 1 0 11 60 5.45 1 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
    Taulima Tautai 0 0 32 6 1 2 0 10 60 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Gabriel Hamlin 0 0 44 6 2 1 0 9 55 6.11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Flower 0 0 29 5 4 0 0 7 51 7.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    George Williams 0 0 29 4 4 1 7 10 47 4.70 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tony Clubb 0 0 27 4 5 1 0 6 44 7.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Powell 0 0 44 4 3 0 1 4 39 9.75 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Liam Paisley 0 0 40 9 8 0 0 7 38 5.43 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Dominic Manfredi 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 8 35 4.38 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Liam Marshall 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 3 16 5.33 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Jermaine McGillvary 0 0 8 2 2 4 0 22 206 9.36 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 1
    Alex Mellor 0 0 34 2 4 1 0 16 117 7.31 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kruise Leeming 1 0 41 7 0 6 2 19 109 5.74 0 9 0 0 0 0 2 2
    Jordan Turner 0 0 13 2 0 2 0 16 105 6.56 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Ukuma Ta'ai 0 1 20 1 2 5 1 16 94 5.88 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Darnell McIntosh 0 0 3 0 3 2 1 16 93 5.81 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Mike Lawrence 0 0 37 5 0 1 0 14 88 6.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Suaia Matagi 0 0 23 5 2 0 0 11 79 7.18 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 1
    Lee Gaskell 0 0 14 1 4 2 7 8 77 9.63 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0
    Sebastine Ikahihifo 0 0 14 2 0 6 0 13 73 5.62 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Matt Frawley 0 0 20 1 1 1 0 12 66 5.50 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Aaron Murphy 0 0 20 1 1 2 0 10 66 6.60 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Joe Wardle 1 0 28 4 2 1 0 10 55 5.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jacob Wardle 0 0 20 1 2 1 0 8 41 5.13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Akuila Uate 0 0 6 0 1 1 0 9 31 3.44 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Oliver Roberts 0 0 11 3 3 1 0 6 20 3.33 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam O'Brien 0 1 13 3 0 0 0 3 15 5.00 0 1 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