Super League: Huddersfield Giants beat title rivals Wigan Warriors
Last Updated: 09/08/13 10:28pm
Aaron Murphy (L): Scored Huddersfield's first try of the match
Huddersfield took a huge step towards securing the Super League Leaders' Shield after claiming a 30-12 victory over Wigan at the DW Stadium.
The visitors produced a brilliant second-half performance to go three points clear at the top of the table with just three fixtures - all against sides not currently in the top eight - remaining.
Jason Chan, Brett Ferres and Scott Grix all crossed the try-line while Aaron Murphy grabbed two scores as the Giants dismantled a Wigan challenge which had been sparked into life by a superb solo try from Josh Charnley.
Huddersfield, who finished bottom of Super League for four consecutive season from 1998-2001, were level with the hosts at half-time but proved far too strong after the break.
Wigan were without Sam Tomkins for a fifth league game in succession, the much-coveted full-back having only played in Challenge Cup ties since the defeat at Warrington on June 24.
But Wigan were clearly not lacking motivation as the game started at a ferocious pace and the hosts - also without Sean O'Loughlin and Matty Smith - drew first blood when Charnley palmed back Blake Green's kick for Sam Powell to touch down after six minutes.
Huddersfield responded and went close on a number of occasions before finally breaking through the defence when Murphy scooped up a kick from Danny Brough to score.
Wigan then went back in front thanks to a fantastic try from Charnley, who evaded three tackles down the right before cutting inside to touch down for the 30th time this season.
The Giants again responded with Luke Robinson drawing the defenders and sending Chan over from a short pass, with Brough's conversion making it 12-12 at half-time.
Huddersfield made a bright start to the second half as Ferres forced his way over from close range, although replays showed the pass he received from Robinson may have been forward.
Brough could not add the extras and missed a penalty shot soon after, but the Giants took a decisive advantage on the hour as Grix followed up his own kick to dive over in the corner and Brough nailed the touchline kick.
Another try followed 12 minutes from time as Brough stretched Wigan on the left and Murphy cut inside and crashed through two tackles for his second score.
Tempers flared on several occasion in the closing stages but the only further movement on the scoreboard came when Brought sent over a late penalty.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2013, round 24
Daryl Powell praised Castleford for their second-half efforts after they secured a dramatic 42-38 victory at Widnes.
Hull FC coach Peter Gentle praised his players after they came from behind to defeat local rivals Hull KR 38-20.
Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous singled out Elliott Whitehead after the 23-22 win over Bradford.
- Bulls' hopes go up in smoke
- Cas edge thriller at Widnes
- Hull muscle past Rovers
- Smith: Wolves were scrappy
- Wolves hit Wildcats for six
- Anderson: We've won nothing
- 'Ugly' win pleases Cunningham
- McDermott impressed by Salford
- Saints see off tame Broncos
- Wildcats boss expects response
- Vikings v Tigers: Teams
- Hull KR v Hull FC: Teams
- Bulls v Dragons: Teams
- Wolves v Wildcats: Teams
- Ferres aiming for big finish
- City Reds v Rhinos: Teams
- Saints v Broncos: Teams
- Warriors v Giants: Teams
- Tomkins back to face Giants
- Wane promises improved Wigan