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28th February 2010

Huddersfield Giants 10-14 Warrington Wolves | Super League match report

Huddersfield Giants 10-14 Warrington Wolves

There have been times over the past two years when Warrington’s investment in the former Australia international Matt King has been questioned. , he produced an outstanding performance to help his side to victory. The powerful three-quarter scored two tries and laid on the match-winning effort for one of his countrymen, Chris Hicks, as the Wolves edged a hugely entertaining match.

Both sides, who contested last season’s Challenge Cup final and have eyes on breaking the Super League dominance of Leeds and St Helens, showed a willingness to keep the ball alive. Although it led to plenty of handling errors, such an approach ensured the contest was never dull, even during the 36 minutes in which the sides were locked at 10-10.

“I thought Matt King was absolutely unbelievable,” said the Warrington coach, Tony Smith, who was without the talismanic Lee Briers at stand-off. “Matt was the best player on the field by a country mile. He has been playing well for us for some time but went up another three notches today and took some handling.”

It was 10-10 at half-time, after King had given the visitors the perfect start by bouncing off two Huddersfield defenders for the opening try after three minutes. The Giants hit back to lead, with the stand-off Kevin Brown, who caught the eye throughout the first half, creating the position and then finishing their first try, before kicking to help set up a second for the centre Paul Whatuira.

Warrington were level when King – who had switched wings after an early injury to Chris Riley – finished a smart handling move in the opposite corner to his first try. Huddersfield’s Shaun Lunt and David Faiumu, plus the Wolves half-back Richie Myler, all dropped the ball over the line, before King’s pass allowed Hicks – on his first appearance of the season – to cut inside three Giants defenders for the crucial score.

“This time last year we would have been nowhere near being as good as that in a contest like that,” the Huddersfield coach, Nathan Brown, said. “But when the pressure is on and we’re a touch behind on the scoresheet we still come up with similar problems to last year. We need to find a way to beat the good sides when the heat is on, and today we probably came up a fraction short.”

Huddersfield Giants B Hodgson; Cudjoe, Lawrence, Whatuira,  D Hodgson; Brown, Robinson; Griffin, Faiumu, Raleigh, Gilmour, Fa’alogo, Aspinwall. Interchange Crabtree, Lunt, Patrick, Horne.

Tries Brown, Whatuira Goal B Hodgson.

Warrington Wolves Mathers; Hicks, King, Atkins, Riley; Grix, Myler; Morley, Monaghan, Carvell, L Anderson, Westwood, Harrison. Interchange Higham, Wood, Solomona, V Anderson.

Tries King 2, Hicks Goal Myler.

Referee I Smith (Oldham) Attendance 8,567.


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