Huddersfield Giants 20-12 Wigan Warriors

Thursday 12th July 2018
KO: 19:45 - Round: 21

20-12 FT

HT: 12 6

Attendance: 5,264

Official: G Hewer

Venue: John Smith's Stadium

  • Huddersfield Giants

  • Tries
    Darnell McIntosh 2, Alex Mellor, Leroy Cudjoe,

  • Goals
    Danny Brough 2,

  • Drop Goals

  • Wigan Warriors

  • Tries
    Sam Tomkins, Tom Davies,

  • Goals
    Sam Tomkins 2,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

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.”

  • 76: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins
  • 75: TRY! scored for Wigan by Tom Davies
  • 65: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Leroy Cudjoe
  • 42: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Darnell McIntosh
  • 35: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 25: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Alex Mellor
  • 21: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 12: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Darnell McIntosh
  • 5: TRY! scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins
  • 5: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins
  • Key Performers

    Jermaine McGillvary

    Clean Breaks 3
    1 1

    Josh Woods

    Forty Twenty 1
    5 5

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Huddersfield Giants 4
    Wigan Warriors 2

    Goals:

    Huddersfield Giants 2
    Wigan Warriors 2

    METRES:

    Huddersfield Giants 1213
    Wigan Warriors 1018

    CARRIES:

    Huddersfield Giants 182
    Wigan Warriors 169

    TACKLES:

    Huddersfield Giants 305
    Wigan Warriors 357

    OFFLOADS:

    Huddersfield Giants 6
    Wigan Warriors 5

    PENALTIES:

    Huddersfield Giants 12
    Wigan Warriors 12

    BREAKS:

    Huddersfield Giants 7
    Wigan Warriors 2

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Darnell McIntosh 2 0 4 0 1 1 0 8 76 9.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Alex Mellor 1 0 34 9 0 0 0 13 67 5.15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Leroy Cudjoe 1 0 19 4 1 5 0 16 90 5.63 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Paul Clough 0 0 19 4 0 1 0 10 46 4.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Aaron Murphy 0 0 18 2 0 1 0 11 81 7.36 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Daniel Smith 0 0 24 3 0 2 0 9 63 7.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Hinchcliffe 0 0 26 4 0 2 1 9 57 6.33 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Oliver Roberts 0 0 8 3 1 1 0 6 34 5.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Dale Ferguson 0 0 22 3 1 2 0 13 100 7.69 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Matthew English 0 0 20 3 3 3 0 11 92 8.36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
    Adam O'Brien 0 1 35 8 0 1 0 4 11 2.75 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Mike Lawrence 0 0 25 3 0 1 0 11 74 6.73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Danny Brough 0 1 13 1 1 3 8 17 71 4.18 0 2 0 0 2 4 2 0
    Lee Gaskell 0 1 16 0 0 0 4 2 11 5.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jordan Turner 0 0 14 2 0 1 0 11 83 7.55 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jake Mamo 0 1 3 0 3 6 1 19 125 6.58 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jermaine McGillvary 0 0 5 1 2 6 0 12 132 11.00 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Sam Tomkins 1 1 11 1 4 4 8 13 55 4.23 1 2 1 0 2 0 0 3
    Tom Davies 1 0 6 0 0 1 0 18 116 6.44 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tony Clubb 0 0 26 2 4 0 0 7 46 6.57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Samuel Kibula 0 0 19 2 3 1 0 5 50 10.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Taulima Tautai 0 0 32 6 1 1 0 17 120 7.06 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
    William Isa 0 0 42 6 0 0 0 8 30 3.75 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Gabriel Hamlin 0 0 21 2 0 0 0 13 83 6.38 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Sean O'Loughlin 0 0 9 0 1 0 0 6 35 5.83 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Morgan Escare 0 0 9 0 2 0 2 9 41 4.56 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Thomas Leuluai 0 0 26 6 2 0 0 11 79 7.18 0 10 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Flower 0 0 32 10 4 1 0 9 69 7.67 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Romain Navarrete 0 0 29 5 2 0 0 8 80 10.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Josh Woods 0 0 29 6 3 0 3 11 48 4.36 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
    Liam Marshall 0 1 3 0 1 4 1 9 33 3.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Powell 0 0 35 11 3 0 1 11 42 3.82 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Liam Paisley 0 0 13 2 1 1 0 7 54 7.71 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Oliver Gildart 0 0 15 2 5 0 0 7 37 5.29 0 1 2 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