19th March 2017
Giants and Wigan share the spoils in an entertaining 16-16 draw at the DW Stadium.
Huddersfield Giants ended Wigan Warriors winning streak with an entertaining 16-16 draw at the DW Stadium.
Head Coach, Rick Stone, made a handful of changes with Darnell McIntosh making his second competitive start for the Giants at full-back as Lee Gaskell moved into the halves alongside Danny Brough, Ryan Brierley missing out for the Claret and Gold.
Jermaine McGillvary got the Giants off to a flying start as he intercepted a Wigan cross field pass and was able to race 90 metres. Warriors’ Anthony Gelling was able to get back to make the tackle just short of the try line but Gaskell made the move count as he finished from dummy-half. Brough added the extras to move the Giants into an early 6-0 lead.
Brough had an opportunity to extend the Giants lead early on in the game but his penalty attempt ricocheted off the posts and Wigan were able to produce a response with Tommy Leuluai’s pass finding Joel Tomkins who in turn found Morgan Escare in space to break through the Giants line and cross over. Escare then converted his try to level the scores at 6-6.
However, it was not long before the Giants got their noses back in front as penalties given away by Wigan saw the Giants make their attack count as Gaskell was once again key in the Giants attack, this time finding Darnell McIntosh on an angle as the young full-back crossed over for his first try in Super League. Brough added the conversion once more.
The power shift between the two sides continued to go back and forth as Wigan were the next to break over the try line as another well executed Tomkins pass this time found Tom Davies who crossed over in the near corner on his Wigan debut. Escare wide with the conversion on this attempt to keep the Giants in a slim lead.
Rick Stone’s men continued to build their pressure, a series of Wigan goal line drop outs saw the Giants build their attack and eventually resulted in a penalty. Brough opting to take the two once more and this time scoring from in front of the posts. That goal had a special significance for the Giants number 6 as he is now ninth in the list of all time Super League points scorers.
The home side made the better start to the second-half as Anthony Gelling burst through the Giants defence to cross over, Escare once again missing the conversion attempt to keep the scores level at 14-14.
The Claret and Gold looked to come back into the game when Brough was able to find McIntosh on his right and Gaskell made a break down field, however the resulting grubber kick from McIntosh was unable to find its target and Wigan survived the scare.
The Giants were rewarded for their pressure as referee Chris Kendall awarded a penalty against Wigan and Brough was once again on target with his kick to edge the Giants back into the lead at 16-14.
The Warriors continued to try and break through the Giants back-line but some brilliant last ditch defence from the Giants saw them survive the scare as McIntosh gathered the ball to carry away the danger.
The end to end nature of the game continued, however the Giants were no helped by Kruise Leeming being sent to the sin bin by referee Chris Kendall for a high tackle.
Wigan continued to pepper the Giants try line but were unable to get the important breakthrough, however with Rick Stone’s men down to 12, the Warriors took advantage with a penalty goal through Escare to bring the scores level.
A series of Giants knock-ons continued to work in the home side’s favour as they piled pressure on the 12 man Giants. The game lined up for a big finish with both teams pushing for the winner to clinch the two points. Brough looked to line up the drop goal but he missed with just two minutes left on the clock.
At the end of the game both teams were forced to share the spoils in a highly entertaining game. Next up for the Giants is Leeds Rhinos at the John Smith’s Stadium on Friday 24th March, kick-off 8pm.
Wigan: Escare, Davies, Gelling, Isa, Marshall, Williams, Leuluai, Nuuausala, Powell, Flower, J.Tomkins, Wells, O’Loughlin
Interchanges: Clubb, Tautai, Navarrete, Forsyth
Tries: Escare, Davies, Gelling
Goals: Escare (2)
Giants: McIntosh, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Mellor, Murphy, Brough, Gaskell, Rapira, Leeming, Ikahihifo, Roberts, Ta’ai, Clough
Interchanges: Hinchcliffe, Wakeman, Smith, Dickinson
Tries: Gaskell, McIntosh
Goals: Brough (4)
Attendance: 12, 704
Referee: Chris Kendall
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