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08th February 2018

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MATCH REPORT: Giants 20–6 Wolves

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Huddersfield Giants recorded their first Betfred Super League win of the season with a stunning 20-6 victory over Warrington Wolves.

It was an impressive, thorough and clinical performance from Rick Stone’s side who bounced back in the best possible way following an opening day defeat to Hull FC.

With Stone reflecting on last week’s second half performance as a ‘train crash’, the 80 minutes put in by his boys could only be described as a first-class journey in front of the Claret and Gold faithful.

The Giants were still without star winger Jermaine McGillvary, who is recovering from a thigh injury, but welcomed Jake Mamo to the John Smith’s Stadium for the first time since June whilst Player of the Year Sebastine Ikahihifo was named amongst the replacements.

Warrington kicked out on the full from the kick-off to give Giants the impetus and Brough found the 20m line to set up a strong set. Adam O’Brien was held up just shy of the try-line but a knock on from Ukuma Ta’ai in the next passage of play meant the Giants missed out on their first chance.

It was a break from Ben Currie which lead the way for the opening scoring as Stefan Ratchford kicked left and found Tom Lineham to slide in the corner. Bryson Goodwin hit the post in his conversion attempt.

The Giants fought back strong though and nearly replied straight away after Rankin’s kick in to the in-goal area was judged to have gone just out of play before being thrown back to the Aussie half-back.

That seemed to spur Stone’s side on and they took full advantage following a penalty. A nice movement from right to left allowed Brough to give a short ball to Dale Ferguson who powered through. Provider Brough kicked the extras.

Momentum stuck with the home side and after a forward pass from Warrington the Giants were in again. On the last tackle quick hands were needed to keep the chance alive and Mamo prodded a dangerous ball in under the posts which bobbled up for Darnell McIntosh to touch down. Brough made no mistake from close range for a 12-4 lead.

It was an impressive defensive performance throughout, outlined with Aaron Murphy’s composure to deal with an in goal kick from Warrington twice.

Another kick to the right of the Giants defence from Kevin Brown gave Lineham a chance to add to his earlier try but he knocked on just before reaching the line.

Mamo thought he was celebrating the Giants' third try before half time on the left but it wasn’t given due to obstruction and Warrington kicked a penalty through Goodwin.

With a 14-6 lead at the break, Warrington came out the more desperate but the Giants' sturdy defence impressed again to deal with any danger.

The penalty count rose against the Giants but Warrington still couldn’t take advantage and threw the ball out of play inside the 20m line in their best chance.  Stone’s side were up to the test and Warrington couldn’t break down the Claret and Gold wall.

Though tempers started to boil over and Warrington had more of the second half possession, the Giants did add their third try when Turner latched on to Brough’s smart kick with fifteen minutes to go.

Warrington scored no points in the second-half and Giants cruised to chalk their first two points in the Super League table. 

The Giants are next in action against St Helens on  Friday 23rd February, kick off 7:45pm at the John Smith's Stadium.

 

TEAMS:

Huddersfield Giants:

Jake Mamo, Darnell McIntosh, Lee Gaskell, Jordan Turner, Aaron Murphy, Jordan Rankin, Danny Brough, Paul Clough, Adam O’Brien, Ukuma Ta’ai, Dale Ferguson, Oliver Roberts, Ryan Hinchcliffe

Replacements: Krurise Leeming, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Daniel Smith, Tyler Dickinson

Tries – Ferguson, McIntosh, Turner

Goals – Brough (3)

Penalties -  Brough

 

Warrington Wolves: Stefan Ratchford, Tom Lineham, Bryson Goodwin, Ryan Atkins, Matty Russell, Kevin Brown, Declan Patton, Chris Hill, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Jack Hughes, Ben Murdoch-Masila

Replacement: George King, Ben Westwood, Joe Philbin, Morgan Smith

Tries – Lineham

Goals –

Penalties – Goodwin

 

Attendance: 5104

 

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