11th August 2017


Report: Giants beaten by Wigan Warriors in Round 2 of the Super 8s

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A tenth minute try from Jermaine McGillvary opened the scoring for the game, however two first half tries from Wigan through Gelling and Farrell was enough to see Wigan earn the two points with an 18-4 win.

Despite leading 10-4 at the break, two second-half points from a Sam Powell penalty kick and an 80th minute Sam Tomins try created an unsurmountable lead for the home side.

Michael Lawrence returned to action for the Giants after a lengthy spell on the touchlines through injury and put in a solid thirty minute shift.

After drawing both matches in the regular season, both sides again looked evenly balanced throughout this encounter, with some strong defensive play from either team despite the wet conditions.

Wigan immediately started the game with some momentum, but an early big hit from Sebastine Ikahihifo forced the ball loose and got the Giants on the attack. From here the Giants were able to force a goal-line drop out, and whilst the Claret and Gold came close through Darnell McIntosh on the left wing Wigan were able to hold firm.

With less than ten minutes on the clock the Giants were on the attack again as Darnell McIntosh pounced on a loose pass and sprinted thirty metres to put the Giants in a good attacking position deep inside the Wigan half. The Claret and Gold were able to make the most of the territory as McIntosh and Jordan Turner sought for a way through on the left before Danny Brough hit a high cross-field ball which found its way to the open Jermaine McGillvary to touch town.

Wigan were quick to respond and found themselves on the scoresheet just two minutes after conceding. Anthony Gelling found himself with time to run at the Giants backline and was able to force his way through on the right wing to level the scores at 4-4 after both Brough and George Williams missed the conversions.

The Warriors were on the attack once-more and were awarded a penalty within the Giants 10, however, a smart and powerful tackle from Kruise Leeming forced the ball loose and the Giants were back in possession.

Michael Lawrence was introduced for his injury comeback on the twenty minute mark and added further strength and stability to the Giants forward pack.

Both sides spent the next ten minutes persistently cancelling each-other out with neither team able to conjure any seriously dangerous attack.

However, with less than five minutes until half-time Wigan were able to get some more points onto the board. A neat Sam Powell grubber kick was well collected by Liam Farrell sliding in just to the left of the sticks. With Powell kicking the resulting conversion the Warriors found themselves with a 10-4 lead going into the half-time break.

The half ended with only six points separating the sides after an evenly contested opening 40 minutes.

The Giants flew out of the blocks in the second-half as they dominated the possession and made headway with Lee Gaskell and Ryan Hinchcliffe making the metres with some powerful runs.

Wigan regained some control of the game and were able to extend their lead after the Giants conceded a couple of penalties, giving Powell the chance to kick for two and put the Warriors 12-4 up.

With ten minutes of the second half played more penalties crept into the game as the wet and slippery conditions began to mark it's mark.

Strong defence from both teams was stifling the attacking play as neither side were able to conjour any clear-cut chances.

The Giants did find themselves within the Wigan 10 with just under 15 minutes to play and a Leeming grubber kick along the Warriors looked dangerous but was well dealt with by the home side.

Wigan countered quickly and were nearly in on the left wing, however the final pass floated just above Joe Burgess' head and out of play.

As the game became a bit more open, Ikahihifo found a gap through the Wigan line and charged thirty metres through the centre of the Warriors half. As momentum built in the Claret and Golds favour Lee Gaskell sent a grubber kick through, however it was well dealt with before McGillvary was able to get on the end of it.

However, there Wigan were able to get a late try just as the hooter sounded with the ball being nudged forward with the boot for Sam Tomins to run onto and touch down before converting his own try for an 18-4 home win.

Warriors team: Tomkins, Davies, Gelling, Gildart, Burgess, Williams, Leuluai, Nuuausala, McIlorum, Sutton, Bateman, Farrell, O’Loughlin

Replacements: Isa, Clubb, Powell, Tautai

Tries: Gelling, Farrell, Tomkins

Goals: Powell (2) Tomkins (1)


Giants team: Rankin, McGillvary, Mellor, Turner, McIntosh, Gaskell, Brough, Ikahihifo, Leeming, Wakeman, Hinchcliffe, Ta’ai, Clough

Replacements: O’Brien, Lawrence, Smith, Dickinson

Tries: McGillvary

Goals: -


Attendance: 10,619

Referee: Phil Bentham


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