Super League: Huddersfield 18-32 Wakefield - Trinity secure third win in a row

Wakefield stand-off Mason Lino, who kicked successfully six times, celebrates with try scorer Ryan Hampshire
Wakefield stand-off Mason Lino, who kicked successfully six times, celebrates with try scorer Ryan Hampshire
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Huddersfield (6) 18
Tries: Pryce, Wood, Jones Goals: Pryce 3
Wakefield (14) 32
Tries: Johnstone, Hampshire, Tanginoa, Lyne, Green Goals: Lino 6

Wakefield continued their winning run by beating Huddersfield for their third consecutive Super League victory.

The Giants took the lead two minutes in thanks to a great run to the line by Will Pryce, but Trinity responded brilliantly to lead 14-6 at half-time.

They stamped their authority on the tie in the second half after Huddersfield second-row Sam Hewitt was sin-binned for leading with his elbow.

The win was Wakefield's fourth win from five games under coach Willie Poching.

A terrific break was engineered early on by Huddersfield's Olly Ashall-Bott, with the full-back dancing away from would-be tacklers, before handing the ball to Pryce to sprint away and put it over the line.

His conversion gave the Giants a 6-0 lead, but Wakefield were back on terms when Joe Westerman pulled in defenders to allow space for winger Tom Johnstone to go down on the outside.

More problems for the home side's back line followed when they failed to deal with Jacob Miller's kick downfield, allowing Ryan Hampshire to pounce and score from close range.

Poching's side then looked in control, a notion strengthened when their opponents went down to 12 men when Hewitt was sent to the bin for what became an entertaining 10 minutes.

Kelepi Tanginoa capitalised by using his strength to power home despite the challenge of two Giants players to make it 20-6, before Sam Wood helped the hosts fight back by using his agility to outjump defenders after a kick across the field to pop the ball over.

With the game stretched, Wakefield centre Reece Lyne isolated the last man to add his name to the scoresheet, only for second-row Josh Jones' try to give his side a glimmer of hope.

Finally, all doubts were cut loose when Trinity prop Chris Green went under the posts untouched to cap his 150th Super League appearance with a try that iced the cake.

Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson:

"I thought we put ourselves in a reasonable position at half-time but the sin-binning killed us.

"We've such a young spine and they're not ready yet to understand how to manage that.

"Every time we made an error, we ended up conceding. We were our own worst enemies.

"It's not about apportioning blame though, it's about getting better."

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats interim coach Willie Poching:

"I'm happy with the way the boys have turned things around.

"Huddersfield got off to a flying start and the early try was a bit of a wake-up call for us.

"I'm really proud of how they were able to stick in and come out the other end of a grind.

"The load the players have been through has taken a toll on them today."

Huddersfield: Ashall-Bott, Cujdoe, Wardle, Leutele, Wood, Pryce, Russell, Lawrence, McQueen, Jones, Trout, Peats, Yates.

Interchanges: English, Cogger, Hewitt, Peteru.

Wakefield: Hampshire, Johnstone, Lyne, Arundel, Kershaw, Lino, Miller, Westerman, Pitts, Tanginoa, Battye, Kay, Green.

Interchanges: Wood, Fifita, Crowther, Batchelor.

Referee: B. Thaler.