8 Mar 2019

Giants shock Warriors


Huddersfield Giants recorded their first win of the Betfred Super League season, beating defending champions Wigan Warriors 14-6 at the DW Stadium.

The Warriors crashed to their fourth successive loss, a run which started with their defeat to Sydney Roosters.

The Giants led 6-0 at the break thanks to a try from Kruise Leeming, but the scoreboard failed to show how dominant they were as they had the champions on the back foot from the first minute.

Wigan looked lost and Lee Gaskell and Matt Frawley took advantage of that as they controlled the game effortlessly in the opening 40 minutes.

The hosts managed to hit back in the second half with a try from Morgan Escare, but they were unable to kick on and Joe Wardle ensured the points went back to Yorkshire with Huddersfield’s second try after 66 minutes.

Wigan coach Adrian Lam said: "I’m a bit rattled really,” he said. “They looked like a shell of their former selves. We are training well, but we just can’t put a finger on it at the moment.

“It’s not good. We also lost both wingers and I think we were down to one substitute at the end, so there are a few more injuries to take into consideration as well."

Huddersfield coach Simon Woolford said: "I’m just happy for the boys. Our effort has been good in patches in the last four weeks, but we haven’t been able to produce an 80-minute performance. Saying that, with the ball there is still a lot of areas we need to improve on.

“We bombed a few chances tonight, but as far as our effort was concerned it was spot on.”