Official Match Report
Huddersfield Giants took another giant step towards Betfred Super League safety with a hugely-impressive 20-12 win over second-placed Wigan Warriors at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Left winger Darnell McIntosh scored two tries for the second successive week to earn his side’s man of the match award - with Alex Mellor and Leroy Cudjoe adding one apiece - as the Giants cruised to a seventh win in their last eight matches to climb to sixth in the table.
It was Huddersfield’s first win over Wigan in 12 attempts and would have been even more emphatic but for an off day with the boot by Danny Brough, who missed with all four conversion attempts.
However, Brough managed a couple of penalties and brought his game management skills to the fore to help his side tighten their grip in the second half, especially while down to 12 men with the sin-binning of Michael Lawrence.
Wigan, who gave a debut to Kinshasa-born prop Samy Kibula, scored first and last - through Sam Tomkins and Tom Davies as Tomkins added the extras - but in between were outplayed by more enthusiastic and determined opponents fighting for their Super League lives.
Huddersfield coach Simon Woolford said: “It was very satisfying. We knew defensively we had to be on our game and I thought we were.
“They scored the first try but we kept defending our line and working for each other and that’s the most important thing. The belief in the group is growing and that’s only going to benefit us in the coming weeks.”
Wigan boss Shaun Wane said: “We were poor. There were too many pressure releases, our skill was poor and we gave away too many penalties. We didn’t give ourselves a chance to win the game, it just wasn’t good enough.
“But they were the best team. It meant a great deal to them, you could see that with the way they celebrated at the end.”
|5||goal||Goal scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins||0-2|
|5||try||Try scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins||0-6|
|12||try||Try scored for Huddersfield by Darnell McIntosh||4-6|
|21||goal||Goal scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough||6-6|
|25||try||Try scored for Huddersfield by Alex Mellor||10-6|
|35||goal||Goal scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough||12-6|
|42||try||Try scored for Huddersfield by Darnell McIntosh||16-6|
|65||try||Try scored for Huddersfield by Leroy Cudjoe||20-6|
|75||try||Try scored for Wigan by Tom Davies||20-10|
|76||goal||Goal scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins||20-12|