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
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield Wildcats22 - 40Wigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC4 - 24Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos10 - 29Warrington Wolves
St Helens34 - 16Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans Dragons32 - 24Hull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils20 - 22Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan WarriorsvsHull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red DevilsvsHuddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red DevilsvsWidnes Vikings
Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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