Warrington beat Huddersfield
Huddersfield Giants 20-32 Warrington Wolves
Impressive early-season Betfred Super League leaders Warrington Wolves made it three wins out of three in 2019 with a comfortable 32-20 six-try victory at struggling Huddersfield Giants.
The visitors dominated for the vast majority of the opening period and were full value for their 16-4 interval advantage.
✔️ Another win 👌 3 from 3 ☝️ Top of the league Steve Price's @wolvesrl are looking solid #SLHudWar #NewBeginnings pic.twitter.com/bUjvecLNHZ
— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) February 22, 2019
Ryan Atkins and Josh Charnley both crossed over for a brace of tries for the Wolves with Australian half-back Blake Austin and Ben Murdoch-Masila adding one apiece and goalkicker Stefan Ratchford on target with three conversions and a penalty.
Job done! ✅ Describe tonight’s win in 3️⃣ words.. pic.twitter.com/9sZiIU7qqV
— Warrington Wolves (@wolvesrl) February 22, 2019
Huddersfield replied through England winger Jermaine McGillvary, Matty English, Jordan Turner and Akuila Uate, while Lee Gaskell added the extras.
But it was scant consolation for the men in claret and gold, who were second best on the night.
Warrington coach Steve Price said: "The boys have been telling me this Huddersfield ground has become a bit of a bogey place for us. So, in that sense, it was a good win, although it was a good win in a lot of other ways too.
"In fact, in that opening 30 minutes or so when we built up that 16-0 lead, I’d say it was the most polished we’ve played this season. Overall, though, we’re pretty pleased, because Huddersfield certainly had a dig."
Huddersfield coach Simon Woolford said: "Whether the sin-binning of Walney was right or wrong, it proved crucial. At that time, we’d got back to 16-10 and Warrington were creaking. We felt we could have gone on and won that game at that stage, but the momentum changed when we went down to 12 men.
"Having said that, it’s still pretty clear we’re not quite good enough to be challenging right now, and it’s obviously something that needs addressing. It’s winning that counts, and we need to start doing that soon."