Super League: Huddersfield Giants 22-38 Wigan Warriors

Chris Hankinson
Chris Hankinson scored Wigan's first try and added 14 points with the boot
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Huddersfield (12) 22
Tries: Hewitt, Frawley, L Senior, Turner Goals: Gaskell 3
Wigan (18) 38
Tries: Hankinson, O'Loughlin, Marshall, Burgess, Leuluai, Williams Goals: Hankinson 7

Wigan Warriors scored six tries as they eased to a 38-22 Super League victory at Huddersfield Giants.

Chris Hankinson's early try for the visitors was replied to by Sam Hewitt, while Sean O'Loughlin and Liam Marshall stretched Wigan's lead.

Matt Frawley reduced the deficit to six to give the Giants hope at half-time.

Warriors eased home with tries from Joe Burgess, Thomas Leuluai and George Williams before Louis Senior and Jordan Turner's consolations.

Defeat for Huddersfield means they remain only two points clear of basement club Hull KR, while Wigan move into sixth with their ninth victory of the season.

The visitors went ahead when Hankinson converted his own try in the right-hand corner after good work from Sam Powell and O'Loughlin.

But Huddersfield were level only six minutes later as a great break down the right by Senior set up Hewitt to go over with his first touch of the ball after coming on as a first-half replacement.

Powell's clever dummy enabled O'Loughlin to run in for a second Wigan try and Marshall danced into the corner after quick hands from Hankinson as they took control.

However, Frawley's clever dummy cut Wigan's lead to 18-12 at the break.

But Warriors eased clear after the interval with three tries in 20 minutes as Zak Hardaker drew the Huddersfield defence for Burgess to score, Leuluai found space from dummy half to power over and Williams found a gap to dart across the line.

The Giants at least gave the home crowd some cheer with two late tries as Senior scored in the corner and Turner also went over with four minutes remaining.

Huddersfield head coach Simon Woolford:

"I thought in the first half our competence levels weren't good enough but in the second half we're talking about character and that's the issue.

"We did a reasonable job plays one-to-five, but then on the last play we gift them three of four tries on last play. When we're playing well, goalline 'D' is a feature of our play but tonight they scored tries they didn't have to work far.

"There were part of defence that were good but tonight it was appalling at times. We don't have enough players in the 17 at the moment that can get the job done."

Wigan head coach Adrian Lam told BBC Radio Manchester:

"That's six out of eight I believe, three in a row and I saw some signs which were really promising and the young lads who filled in made a claim for a jersey going forward.

"I thought the commitment to the energy and enthusiasm we asked for was there. They were coming off the back of two losses, and I knew they'd come out 100 miles per hour.

"It's tough to come here and play, we had to turn up with the right attitude and energy and we did that, which was most impressive.

"The 70 minutes was our best of the season so far."

Huddersfield: McIntosh, I. Senior, Turner, Murphy, L. Senior, Gaskell, Frawley, Clough, O'Brien, Matagi, Roberts, Mellor, English.

Replacements: Leeming, Hewitt, Ikahihifo, Ta'ai.

Wigan: Hardaker, Marshall, Hankinson, Gildart, Burgess, Williams, Leuluai, Clubb, Powell, Navarrete, Isa, Farrell, O'Loughlin.

Replacements: Smithies, Sammut, Partington, Greenwood.

Referee: Marcus Griffiths (RFL).

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