Match reports / Rugby League

Match report: Wigan Warriors 16-16 Huddersfield Giants

The Warriors are unbeaten in their past six home matches against Huddersfield.

Wigan picked up a point to go top of the table as they drew 16-16 against Huddersfield at the DW Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The current Super League champions had won their past four games, including a comprehensive victory against Warrington in a repeat of last year’s Grand Final.

The Warriors started on the attack and looked to have numbers on the left side but a pass was intercepted by Jermaine McGillvary, who ran 90 metres before being caught by Anthony Gelling.

Lee Gaskell scooted over the line in the next play as the Cherry and Whites were just getting back. Danny Brough converted to put his side in a 6-0 lead.

The visitors were handed a penalty due to an infringement in the 10th minute but Brough’s penalty conversion attempt hit the post and came back out.

Shaun Wane’s Wigan side clicked into gear following the penalty and motored their way back up the other end of the field. A crisp Tommy Leuluai pass found Joel Tomkins who assisted Morgan Escare on the inside. Escare converted his own try to level the score at 6-6.

The Giants went back in front midway through the first half as Darnell McIntosh stormed onto a Gaskell pass on the last tackle to dive over. Brough added the extras and Huddersfield were 12-6 ahead.

Tom Davies brought the hosts back into the game on the half-hour mark with a fine finish in the corner, after receiving an offload from Tomkins, to score on his debut.

The visitors were awarded a penalty for a high tackle with five minutes of the first half left. Scotland international Brough made no mistakes this time and put his side 14-10 in front.

The Warriors came out firing in the second half and Gelling made the score level. The Cook Islands international dashed through a gap in the Giants’ defence on the right side to score. The conversion was off target but the score was level once more at 14-14.

The away team were given a penalty approaching the hour due to Wigan’s markers not being square.

Huddersfield hooker Kruise Leeming was sent to the sin bin with 13 minutes remaining for committing a high tackle on Davies.

In a penalty-ridden second half, Huddersfield were the latest culprits, taking too long in a tackle and subsequently giving Escare the chance to tie the match which he duly obliged.

Warriors hooker Sam Powell attempted to kick a drop goal but it went wide in the 77th minute.

Brough also went for a drop goal in the Giants’ last set but it was unsuccessful meaning the game ended a 16-16 draw.

 

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