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In a dress rehearsal for the Challenge Cup final, the two sides who win through their semi-finals last weekend were pitted against one another in Round Twelve of Super League as the Huddersfield Giants played hosts to the Wigan Warriors but with both sides making many changes to their line-ups, neither wanted to give any advantage to their opponents.

The two points were the main concern with a win for the Warriors putting them two points clear at the top of the table and should the Giants take the spoils then they would be up to fourth just three points adrift of the top two sides.

Both coaches made many changes from last weekend´s sides, the Giants without Cudjoe, McQueen, Yates, Hill and McGillvary amongst others while Wigan made a whole host of changes with Field, Marshall, Cust, Farrell, Bateman, and Smithies amongst those missing from the side who overcame Saints last weekend.

It was the perfect opening for the Giants on five minutes with fast hands from the back of the scrum which saw Louis Senior on the overlap to go in at the corner. Olly Russell did well to guide his touchline kick through the posts in a difficult wind for 6-0.

Senior should have been in again on nine minutes as he went into the same corner, but the video referee decided that he was in touch as he grounded. Wigan dodged a bullet.

The Giants were carving the Warriors apart and Tui Lolohea should have scored on thirteen, but he passed at the last moment and the ball went to ground. The Giants dominating but should have been much further ahead on the scoreboard.

On eighteen Joe Greenwood was penalised for obstructing a Wigan player who was chasing a kick and he saw the referees yellow card instructing him to take a ten-minute rest.

The twelve men extended their lead on twenty-six thanks to a barnstorming run from Ricky Leutele who took three Wigan tacklers over the line with him after gathering a Jack Ashworth pass. Russell added the conversion for 12-0, the Giants well worth their lead.

Wigan scrambled their way back into the game with Iain Thornley and Bevan French keeping the ball alive with offloads to put Sam Halsall free to dove over from two metres out. Harry Smith added the extras to halve the arrears as half time approached.

Three minutes after the restart Senior was in for his second of the night, rolling over the line after taking a long Lolohea pass when Wigan spilled the ball close to their own line. Russell kicked superbly from the touchline for his third of the night for 18-6.

On fifty-two Jake Wardle scooped up a low pass and grounded spectacularly by the right corner flag to extend the Giants lead as they controlled the start of the second half. Russell was unable to add the extras, his first miss of the night.

Just after the hour mark Halsall picked up his second of the night after the Giants line broke looking for the intercept and the winger found himself in an ocean of space to cross. Smith pulled his kick well wide of the posts, the Warriors twelve points behind.

A lucky bounce was collected by Abbas Miski and found the youngster Matty Nicholson on his inside in support to cross by the left upright. Smith added the conversion, the Warriors back in the game at 16-22.

Nine minutes from time Sam Hewitt picked up a delightful Theo Fages grubber kick to drop over the line for a score. Russell couldn´t add the conversion.

On seventy-four Matty Nicholson got his second, on debut, as he managed to juggled the ball on the line and force it onto the ground by the posts, the video referee agreeing with the on field official and awarding the try. Smith added the conversion for 22-26, Giants nerves now in tatters.

The Giants scored the last points of the game as Louis Senior completed his hat-trick as he stooped to score in the corner. Russell added the conversion for a famous 32-22 win.

While the meeting between these two sides at the Tottenham Stadium in a couple of weeks’ time will be a totally different matter, the Giants will take great confidence from tonight´s win as they move up the table into fourth. Wigan will have learned little from the defeat except that resting over half of your regular first teamers means you are likely to lose, as Saints found out earlier in the season.

Huddersfield Giants: Lolohea, Golding, Wardle (T), Leutele (T), Senior L (2T), Russell (3G), Fages, Greenwood (SB on 18), O´Brien, Wilson, Ashworth, Hewitt (T), English. Subs: Levi, Lawrence, Trout, Mason.

Wigan Warriors: French, Halsall (2T), Thornley, Bibby, Miski, Astley, Smith (3G), Singleton, O´Neill, Ellis, Isa, McDonnell, Partington. Subs: Mago, Havard, Shorrocks, Nicholson (2T).

Half-Time: 12-6.  

Full-Time: 32-22.

Score Progression: 4-0, 6-0, (SB), 10-0, 12-0, 12-4, 12-6 : HT : 16-6, 18-6, 22-6, 22-10, 22-14, 22-16, 26-16, 26-20, 26-22, 30-22, 32-22 : FT.

Referee: Tom Grant.




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Thu 19th May
SL RND: 13
20:00
Warrington-St.Helens
Fri 20th May
SL RND: 13
20:00
Salford-Castleford
Sat 21st May
L1 RND: 9
14:00
Swinton-Cornwall
SL RND: 13
12:30
Hull KR-Catalans
Mon 23rd May
CH RND: 12
19:45
Sheffield-Widnes
Sat 28th May
CC2022 RND: 9
15:00
Wigan-Huddersfield
1895 RND: 3
12:00
Featherstone-Leigh
Thu 2nd Jun
CH RND: 13
12:30
Workington-LondonB
Fri 3rd Jun
SL RND: 14
20:00
Warrington-Leeds
Sat 4th Jun
SL RND: 14
14:00
Castleford-Wigan
Mon 6th Jun
CH RND: 14
19:45
Featherstone-Bradford
Fri 10th Jun
SL RND: 15
20:00
Salford-Wigan
Sat 11th Jun
SL RND: 15
18:00
Catalans-Hull FC
Mon 13th Jun
CH RND: 15
19:45
Leigh-Featherstone
Sat 18th Jun
MINT2022 RND: 1
17:30
England-ALL STARS
WINT2022 RND: 1
15:00
ENGLAND-FRANCE
Thu 23rd Jun
SL RND: 16
20:00
St.Helens-Leeds
Fri 24th Jun
SL RND: 16
20:00
Warrington-Hull FC
Sun 26th Jun
SL RND: 16
15:15
Hull KR-Huddersfield
Mon 27th Jun
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Barrow-Halifax
Thu 19th May
NRL RND: 11 Newcastle12-36Brisbane
Mon 16th May
CH RND: 11 Batley0-52Leigh
Sun 15th May
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CH RND: 11 Bradford6-20York
CH RND: 11 Dewsbury26-46Featherstone
CH RND: 11 Halifax38-14Sheffield
CH RND: 11 Widnes56-16Whitehaven
NRL RND: 10 Cronulla10-30Canberra
NRL RND: 10 Sydney31-24Parramatta
NRL RND: 10 Wests12-36NQL Cowboys
SLRND: 12 Toulouse20-14Wakefield
L1 RND: 8 Cornwall0-20West Wales
L1 RND: 8 Hunslet16-28Swinton
L1 RND: 8 Keighley40-16Rochdale
SL RND: 12 Castleford32-0Hull KR
SL RND: 12 Salford23-8Leeds
Sat 14th May
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NRL RND: 10 Gold Coast20-16St.George
NRL RND: 10 Melbourne67-32Penrith
L1 RND: 8 LondonS12-44Doncaster
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Featherstone 11 410 146 264 21
Leigh 11 424 86 338 20
York 11 276 166 110 18
Halifax 11 298 176 122 14
Batley 10 226 193 33 13
Barrow 11 215 254 -39 13
 
Sheffield 10 246 204 42 10
Bradford 11 216 235 -19 10
Widnes 11 263 290 -27 10
Newcastle 11 222 262 -40 10
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LondonB 11 140 310 -170 3
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Keighley 7 290 48 242 14
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Swinton 7 292 115 177 10
Doncaster 8 236 196 40 10
Hunslet 7 176 156 20 7
 
Oldham 7 222 160 62 5
Midlands 7 204 232 -28 4
West Wales 7 48 412 -364 2
Cornwall 7 90 344 -254 0
LondonS 7 92 374 -282 0
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Catalans 12 270 164 106 18
Wigan 12 310 240 70 18
Huddersfield 12 272 210 62 15
Hull FC 12 253 208 45 14
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NQL Cowboys 10 251 125 126 14
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Cronulla 10 219 168 51 12
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