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Ian Watson’s woes worsened by Wigan Warriors

Jake Bibby playing for Huddersfield Giants

In a repeat of last year’s Challenge Cup Final, Wigan Warriors host Huddersfield Giants.

The two finished second and third in 2022 but are enduring very different seasons in 2023.

Wigan have by no means been perfect this year but are well in the mix at the top and 80 minutes away a second consecutive Challenge Cup Final.

But Huddersfield lie in 10th in the league and their play-off hopes are dangling by a thread.

After being thumped 54-0 last week against Leeds Rhinos, it was vitally important that Huddersfield started well and they certainly got themselves into a battle in the first 40 despite the fact the conceded in the first 10 minutes.

A simple move from the Warriors but with some real class from Bevan French whose cut out ball put Abbas Miski in.

Crucially the Warriors scored again just before the break. It was again Miski as Harry Smith and Toby King linked together to create the chance for Miski.

Then at the start of the second half Wigan pulled further ahead with Jai Field dancing his way through to score.

The Warriors nearly had another try but had it disallowed. It would have been a hat-trick for Miski. The try was disallowed for a forward pass from French.

Wigan were soon down to 12 men when Ethan Havard was sin binned but they showed their resolve to deny a try for Chris McQueen.

Eventually Wigan got their fourth with Smith and Field linking together before the latter kicked ahead for Liam Marshall to score.

Former Warrior Jake Bibby claimed a late consolation.

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