Wigan 30 Huddersfield 22

Liam Farrell celebrates his try
Liam Farrell celebrates his try

WARRIORS got the Super 8s phase of their campaign off to a winning start - but it was only when Dom Crosby crossed with three minutes to go did the result look safe.

The start couldn’t have gone any worse as Jermaine McGillvary strolled over in the eighth minute.

All he had to do once Leroy Cudjoe’s pass was in his hands was get over the line unopposed - and even though there was a bold question mark over whether the pass was forward - the try was fair punishment for the sloppy defence.

Fans would hope a jolt like that after such sluggish start would shake the Warriors into action but the ones who opted to see the action in the flesh over Sky’s coverage had to wait a while longer.

Five minutes after McGillvary’s opener, a carbon copy - even down to the forward pass - of his first try provided more points for the away side.

But Wigan’s defence toughened up and eventually the inroads they made in attack paid off.

After Dom Manfredi was tackled into touch with 23 minutes gone, Liam Farrell ensured Warriors finally gave the home crowd something to cheer.

Taking a neat pass from George Williams, Farrell weaved through the defenders left once the line had been broken to place the ball down and cut the deficit.

But the Giants still went in at the break with a narrow lead, leading some to wonder whether Warriors’ proud home record was under threat.

Warriors slowly reached running temperature as the second half took shape.

Manfredi managed to sneak over in the corner to grab his 25th try for Wigan - making his tally 100 points in a cherry and white shirt and on the very next set Wigan really looked to have pulled themselves together when Williams cruised over from a Farrell break.

But it proved a short burst as the Giants soon stemmed the tide thanks to one of Wigan’s own.

Jack Hughes, on loan from the Warriors, needed approval from the video referee for his touchdown to be awarded - and Brough’s conversion narrowed the gap to two points.

And from one loanee to another - Larne Patrick did the same to his employers when he took a classy Williams pass to go over from close range and restore breathing space.

Yet Huddersfield still weren’t done and Eorl Crabtree was next to barge over - with Brough’s goal again cutting the gap.

part one of Wigan’s Super 8s mission was finally accomplished though thanks to Crosby. When the prop got over for his try - approved by the video ref - there weren’t enough minutes left for the Giants to spoil the show.

Wigan Warriors: Matty Bowen; Josh Charnley, Anthony Gelling, John Bateman, Dom Manfredi; George Williams, Matty Smith; Dom Crosby, Michael mcIlorum, Lee Mossop, Joel Tomkins, Liam Farrell; Sean O’Loughlin

Subs: Sam Powell, Tony Clubb, Taulima Tautai, Larne Patrick

Huddersfield Giants: Scott Grix; Jermaine McGillvary, Leroy Cudjoe, Joe Wardle, Aaron Murphy; Danny Brough, Jamie Ellis; Eorl Crabtree, Luke Robinson, Craig Huby, Ukuma Ta’ai, Jack Hughes; Michael lawrence

Subs: Chris bailey, Craig Kopczak, Kruise Leeming, Daniel Smith


Tries: Farrell, Manfredi, Williams, Patrick, Crosby

Goals: Smith 5


Tries: McGillvary 2, Hughes, Crabtree

Goals: Brough 3

Half-time: 6-10

Attendance 11,448