Match Report

Super League
Sunday 4th March 2018, 15:00
Super League - Round: 4
Super League
Wakefield Trinity

Wakefield Trinity

(6) 22

v

Huddersfield Giants

(4) 4

Huddersfield Giants

3 Trys

Ben Jones-Bishop 2, Mason Caton-Brown,

TRIES

TRIES 1

Lee Gaskell,

5 Goals

Liam Finn 5,

GOALS

Goals 0

 

0 TRIES

 
D. GOALS

D Goals 0

 

Attendance:   Official:   Venue: The Mobile Rocket Stadium

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Full Time Report

Huddersfield Giants fell to their third defeat in four games in the Betfred Super League after a 22-4 loss to Wakefield Trinity at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.

Lee Gaskell marked his 150th career appearance with a try for the Giants but that was the only score Rick Stone’s side could muster up against a historic Wakefield side who made it four straight wins to the season for the first time since promotion to the Super League in 1998.

Snow across West Yorkshire had caused the original scheduled fixture on Friday night to be re-arranged for Sunday at 3pm and nothing was going to stop the two sides lock horns in Wakefield as an orange ball was used to increase visibility.

With the weather lightening up towards kick-off it was the home side who had to deal with an opening storm as the Giants seemed to set camp in the Trinity half for the first 15 minutes.

An early Danny Brough kick caused Scott Grix to knock on inside his own 20m line and Oliver Roberts went closest for a try but Wakefield held up well in their first test.

Another Brough punt caused problems, this time the Giants pack chasing down well to cause the first of three goal line drop outs.

Similar to the story against St Helens, the Giants just couldn’t force that break through to open the scorings and their best chance came to an end when an awkward pass out wide to Aaron Murphy was dropped.

The best opportunity came as the ball moved swiftly from left to right with an outreaching Jermaine McGillvary doing excellent to keep the ball in play but his attempted pass to Gaskell was forward.

It was the home side’s turn to enjoy possession and Ben Jones Bishop carved the way for their best chance as he raced down the right before Jake Mamo grappled him to the floor.

But a penalty against the Giants on the half way line lead Trinity to build a good set and a good ball out to the right was finished well by Jones-Bishop. Liam Finn added the extras.

With Tommy Symonds introduced for the first time since April 2017, the Giants’ hard-work finally turned to points five minutes before the break.

After Mamo’s burst was just short of the try line, a quick ball from Kruise Leeming out to Gaskell on the right opened his account for the season on his milestone. Brough couldn’t add the conversion.

And it could have been even better for the Claret and Gold as a frantic finish to the half ended with McGillvary almost latching on to a loose ball.

Rather frustratingly, the penalty count rose against the Giants as soon as the second half restarted, and Finn added two penalties from close range to stretch their lead to 10-4.

Leeming was sent to the sinbin and Mamo came up with a try saving tackle to thwart a dangerous Trinity attack as Jones-Bishop looked to grab his second. Jordan Turner had to leave due to a head injury.

Jones-Bishop soon added his second, though, when a kick to the right side of the goal line was well caught by the winger. Finn impressively added from a tight angle.

The Giants had another opportunity with a set of six inside the Trinity 20m after Brough kicked to touch well following a penalty. But even after Jordan Rankin won a penalty for a high tackle the Giants made another crucial mistake – this time through Ryan Hinchcliffe who dropped the ball on the second tackle.

There was one last chance for the Giants after Gaskell broke the sturdy Wakefield line, but he knocked on as he fell to the ground. His second knock-on was punished with the final try of the game as Mason Caton-Brown raced over to make it 20-4 to the home side. Finn kicked the extras.

The Giants will look to bounce back when they travel to face Widnes Vikings on Friday 9th March.

 

 

 

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