Sunday 30th March 2014, 15:00 - Round:7

Huddersfield Giants

Huddersfield Giants

14 (14)

VS.

Warrington Wolves

(4) 33

Warrington Wolves
Scott Grix, Jodie Broughton,

T Rhys Evans, Richie Myler, Ben Westwood, Matty Russell, Gene Ormsby, Joel Monaghan,

Danny Brough 3,

G

Stefan Ratchford, Chris Bridge 3,

  DG Stefan Ratchford,

Attendance: 7,068  Official: J Child  Venue: The John Smith's Stadium

TRIES:
2
6
TRIES:
GOALS:
3
4
GOALS:
METRES:
1082
1374
METRES:
CARRIES:
150
221
CARRIES:
TACKLES:
387
252
TACKLES:
OFFLOADS:
9
16
OFFLOADS:
PENALTIES:
8
4
PENALTIES:
BREAKS:
4
6
BREAKS:

Warrington Wolves came from 14-4 down at half-time to ease to a 10th consecutive win over Huddersfield Giants, who are still looking for their first home victory of the 2014 First Utility Super League.

The Giants, who drew their first two matches at the John Smith's Stadium, looked set to end their hoodoo after an impressive first half but their second-half collapse will alarm coach Paul Anderson.

The Wolves, magnificently led by skipper Ben Westwood, dominated the second half, with full-back Matty Russell marking his first start for the club with his first try in their 33-14 victory.

The result was tough on Giants prop Eorl Crabtree, who led the team out on his 350th appearance and did as much as anyone to lay a winning platform.

Crabtree fittingly got the ball rolling by helping create the game's first try.

His pass got second rower Ukuma Ta'ai charging through a gap in the visitors' defence and full-back Scott Grix was in support to touch down.

Grix, for once enjoying his duel with younger brother Simon, the Warrington back rower, was a constant feature in the Giants' attack.

He reached the line a second time only to be held up and, when he was obstructed chasing Danny Brough's kick, it brought a penalty which the Huddersfield captain kicked to stretch the lead to 8-0.

The Wolves gradually worked their way into the game and took advantage of a knock-on by Huddersfield scrum-half Luke Robinson near his own line to score their first try, centre Rhys Evans taking Richie Myler's pass to dummy his way over for his fourth try of the season on only his second appearance.

Huddersfield looked to have control of the match after scoring again against the run of play four minutes before half-time.

They allowed the ball to bounce from Myler's high kick and prop Chris Hill regained possession for his side.

However, he palmed the ball back into the grateful arms of Brough, who raced 60 metres upfield before sending the supporting Jodie Broughton over for the Giants' second try.

Leading 14-4 at the break, Broughton almost got a second within three minutes of the re-start after being put clear by Brett Ferres but Russell, an impressive last line of defence, hauled him down just short of the line.

The visitors made most of the let-off, taking play to the other end of the field with the aid of a penalty and Myler went through a gap in the Huddersfield defence for his side's second try.

Stefan Ratchford's first goal cut the Yorkshiremen's lead to four points and spurred Warrington to produce their best rugby of the match with the aid of five consecutive penalties.

The pressure eventually paid off on 63 minutes when Westwood tore through the Giants defence for a well-deserved try which brought his side level.

Ratchford was unable to add the goal but Huddersfield struggled to get out of their own half and, at that stage would have settled for a third successive home draw.

However, Ta'ai tried to get out an impossible pass on only the second tackle to put his side back under the cosh.

And it was no surprise when the Wolves went in front for the first time on 70 minutes, Russell supporting a break by hooker Micky Higham to touch down.

Ratchford then put his side two scores in front with a drop goal and Warrington made sure of victory when winger Gene Ormsby took Myler's long pass to score a fifth try.

The home side were in total disarray by then and Warrington punished them once more when winger Joel Monaghan went over for a third try in the final quarter, with Chris Bridge kicking three goals from as many attempts after taking over the job from Ratchford.

Scott Grix 1 0 3 0 1 2 0 5 55 11.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Jodie Broughton 1 0 3 0 0 2 0 18 200 11.11 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jermaine McGillvary 0 0 7 1 2 4 0 11 154 14.00 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Leroy Cudjoe 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 9 53 5.89 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
Brett Ferres 0 0 25 7 3 0 0 4 30 7.50 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Danny Brough 0 1 25 6 3 0 3 11 62 5.64 1 0 1 0 3 0 1 1
Luke Robinson 0 0 23 3 2 0 2 11 51 4.64 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
Eorl Crabtree 0 0 45 10 2 0 0 11 61 5.55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Shaun Lunt 0 0 33 7 4 1 0 7 36 5.14 0 7 2 0 0 0 1 1
Craig Kopczak 0 0 26 2 2 1 0 8 55 6.88 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Jason Chan 0 0 32 6 1 2 0 15 73 4.87 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ukuma Ta'ai 0 1 32 5 2 2 0 10 78 7.80 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
Mike Lawrence 0 0 49 7 3 0 0 13 71 5.46 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
David Faiumu 0 0 30 4 1 3 0 7 42 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Kyle Wood 0 0 23 6 0 1 0 2 14 7.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Antonio Kaufusi 0 0 19 3 2 1 0 8 47 5.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Josh Johnson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Stats Key

T: Tries
TA: Try assists
TK: Tackles
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts

AT: Attacking kicks
C: Carries
M: Metres
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half

E: Errors
FT: Forty twenty
G: Goals
MG: Missed goals
OF: Offload
P: Penalties

  • (FB) S. Grix
  • (W) J. McGillvary
  • (W) L. Cudjoe
  • (SR) B. Ferres
  • (U) J. Broughton
  • (SH) D. Broughx3
  • (H) L. Robinson
  • (P) E. Crabtree
  • (H) S. Lunt
  • (P) C. Kopczak
  • (SR) J. Chan
  • (SR) U. Ta'ai
  • (U) M. Lawrence
  • (H) D. Faiumu
  • (SH) K. Wood
  • (U) A. Kaufusi
  • (P) J. Johnson

Highlights

Key Performances

Player

Jodie Broughton

Metres: 200

Player

Eorl Crabtree

Tackles: 45

Player

Shaun Lunt

Tackles: 33

Player

Jason Chan

Tackles: 32

Player

Ukuma Ta'ai

Tackles: 32

Player

Mike Lawrence

Tackles: 49

Player

Matthew Russell

Metres: 159

Player

Chris Hill

Metres: 158

Player

Mick Higham

Tackles: 31

Player

Ben Westwood

Metres: 164