Sunday 19th March 2017, 15:00
Super League - Round: 5
Morgan Escare, Tom Davies, Anthony Gelling,
Lee Gaskell, Darnell McIntosh,
Morgan Escare 2,
Danny Brough 4,
Attendance: 12,704 Official: C Kendall Venue: DW Stadium
Betfred Super League XX11 Round 5
Teams: Wigan Warriors: Morgan Escare; Tom Davies, Anthony Gelling, Willie Isa, Liam Marshall; George Williams, Tommy Leuluai; Frank-Paul Nuuasala, Sam Powell, Ben Flower, Joel Tomkins, Jack Wells, Sean O’Loughlin
Interchanges: Tony Clubb, Taulima Tautai, Romain Navarrete, Liam Forsyth
Giants: Darnell McIntosh; Jermaine McGillvary, Leroy Cudjoe, Alex Mellor, Aaron Murphy; Danny Brough, Lee Gaskell; Sam Rapira, Kruise Leeming, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Oliver Roberts, Ukuma Ta’ai, Paul Clough
Interchanges: Ryan Hinchcliffe, Shannon Wakeman, Daniel Smith, Tyler Dickinson
Referee: Chris Kendall
Half time score: Wigan Warriors 10 Giants 14
Full time score: Wigan Warriors 16 Giants 16
Scorers: Wigan Warriors: Tries: Escare, Davies,Gelling
Goals: Escare (2)
Giants: Tries: Gaskell, McIntosh
Goals: Brough (4)
Giants Man of the Match: Darnell McIntosh
Penalties conceded: Wigan Warriors 8 Giants 12
Goal line drop outs conceded: Wigan Warriors 4 Giants 1
Weather: Intermittent rain, windy
Darnell McIntosh came in at full back for the trip to the DW Stadium Wigan to take on Champions Wigan Warriors with Lee Gaskell moving to scrum half and Ryan Brierley missing out on a cold wet afternoon with the Giants looking for a big improvement on last week’s performance at Leigh.
The Giants got off to a flying start with a try on 3 minutes. As Wigan attacked deep in Giants territory Jermaine McGillvary intercepted and raced some 85 metres before being pulled down by Anthoy Gelling a metre from the goal; line, Lee Gaskell then diving over from dummy half, Danny Brough adding the touchline conversion. The score spurred on the Giants and a Danny Brough kick led to a goal line drop out. On 10 minutes a Danny Brough penalty goal attempt bounced back off a post with the miss and then a penalty leading to a Wigan try by Escare, the try scorer adding the extras. By 20 minutes the Giants had regained the lead. After one chance had been lost through a knock on a penalty followed by an excellent passing move saw a lovely Lee Gaskell pass put Darnell McIntosh over for a try, Danny Brough adding the extras. The Warriors hit back on 32 minutes, debutant Tom Davies going over wide out on the right with Giants players claiming the try scorer had gone into touch. Escare could not add the extras and 3 minutes later Danny Brough kicked a penalty goal and further pressure before the half time hooter forced 2 goal line drop outs but no further scores.
The Giants had dominated the first half and could have been further ahead in a half which had seen errors on both sides.
The start to the second half was even until on 53 minutes a Wigan attack on their right saw Anthony Gelling break through and race in for a try wide out. Escare could not convert but the scores were now level. The Giants though responded strongly and regained the lead 3 minutes later when Danny Brough landed a penalty goal but the Giants then began to incur the wrath of the referee with a succession of penalties and the team being placed on a public warning and the sinbinning of Kruise Leeming on 67 minutes. The Giants defence however was excellent and the only score conceded was a Morgan Escare penalty goal on 73 minutes which levelled the scores. Drop goal attempts by Sam Powell for Wigan and Dann Brough for the Giants both failed and time ran out with neither side being able to conjure anther score.
A hugely better performance by the Giants could have led to a victory with more composure. Similar levels of intensity will be required next time out when Leeds Rhinos are the opponents Friday 24 March kick off 8.00pm at the John Smith’s Stadium.
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