Wigan Warriors 16-16 Huddersfield Giants

Danny Brough banned


The Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants played out a nerve-jangling 16-all draw at the DW Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

A real to-and-fro game had fans on the edge of their seats, with neither able to seal the win, but both played their part in an electrifying game of rugby league.

Wigan named a depleted but still strong squad for the game, with a debut being given to Tom Davies on the wing, with Liam Marshall retaining his spot on the opposite flank following his four tries last week against Warrington.

The visitors named youngster Darnell McIntosh in the full back position, with Lee Gaskell moving into the halves.

It was the visitors who broke the deadlock after only 4 minutes through Lee Gaskell. With Wigan on the attack and threatening to score, a stray pass was intercepted by Jermaine McGillvary, with the England international racing 90 metres only to be hauled down by Anthony Gelling.

The resulting play the ball saw Gaskell scoot over from dummy-half, with Brough adding the extras.

Things soon got worse for the Warriors, with both Jack Wells and skipper Sean O’Loughlin hobbling off and heading straight down the tunnel.

This didn’t have a huge effect in the short term, with full back Morgan Escare crossing following a sublime pass from Joel Tomkins. Escare managed to convert his own try, levelling the scores at 6-a-piece.

A determined Giants again took the lead following a repeat set on the Wigan line. Gaskell was instrumental in the play on the last, with his neat pass finding young Darnell McIntosh, whose angled run sliced open the Wigan defence and sealed his first Super League try.

Brough’s conversion brought the scores to 12-6 for the visitors.

Yet again, the home side hit back with a debut try for Tom Davies. Following a penalty for holding down by the Giants, the Warriors were given good field position near the opposition line.

Another superb pass from Tomkins sent the youngster over on 30 minutes. The kick was dragged wide, with Huddersfield retaining a slender 2 point lead.

This lead was extended 5 minutes later, with a penalty goal from Brough following a high tackle, meaning that both sides left the field at half time with the Giants leading by 14 points to 10.

The second half brought about another levelling try for the home side, with Anthony Gelling bursting through the Huddersfield defence, after good passing created an overlap from 20 metres out.

Escare again pulled the conversion wide of the posts, with the game tied at 14-all.

Another penalty goal was converted by Brough on 56 minutes to restore their 2 point advantage at 16-14.

The game was levelled once again with 6 minutes to go, through a penalty goal from Escare. The Giants had been under increasing pressure from an earlier sin-binning after a high tackle from Kruise Leeming.

The close nature of the game meant that both teams were striving for the 1-pointer to seal the win.

Both Sam Powell and Danny Brough produced wayward attempts in a dramatic finish to the game, however neither side could grab the elusive drop goal, ending the game in a nail-biting 16-16 draw.

The Giants showed massive improvement following last week’s 30-0 drubbing at Leigh, and with the home side never taking the lead in the game, they were perhaps unlucky to head back over the Pennines without the 2 points.

That being said, a dogged never-say-die attitude from the Warriors helped them stay in the game, and grind out a draw to keep up their momentum and undefeated start to the season.

Written by Nathan Okell.

Wigan Warriors

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
3Anthony GellingCentre100000
6George WilliamsStand Off000000
7Thomas LeuluaiScrum Half000000
8Frank-Paul Nu’uausala 26Prop000000
10Ben Flower 17Prop000000
11Joel Tomkins 15Second Row000000
13Sean O’LoughlinLoose Forward000000
16Sam PowellHooker000000
20Willie IsaSecond Row000000
22Morgan EscareFull Back120000
28Jack Wells 32Second Row000000
35Liam MarshallWing000000
36Tom DaviesWing100000
15Tony Clubb 11Interchange000000
17Taulima Tautai 10Interchange000000
26Romain Navarrete 8Interchange000000
32Liam Forsyth 28Interchange000000
 Total 320000

Huddersfield Giants

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
2Jermaine McGillvaryWing000000
3Leroy CudjoeCentre000000
4Lee GaskellScrum Half100000
5Aaron MurphyWing000000
6Danny BroughStand Off040001
8Sam Rapira 20Prop000000
14Kruise Leeming 9Hooker000100
15Sebastine Ikahihifo 22Prop000000
16Oliver RobertsSecond Row000000
17Ukuma Ta’aiSecond Row000000
18Paul Clough 10Loose Forward000000
24Darnell McIntoshFull Back100000
30Alex MellorCentre000000
9Ryan Hinchcliffe 14Interchange000000
10Shannon Wakeman 18Interchange000000
20Daniel Smith 8Interchange000000
22Tyler Dickinson 15Interchange000000
 Total 240101

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
March 19, 2017 3:00 pm Super League 2017 Sunday


DW Stadium


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Wigan Warriors10616
Huddersfield Giants14216