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SPIRIT of 55: Nervy game goes down to the Wire
10:08am Monday 30th September 2013 in Wolves news
IT was the first first game all year where a loss would end Wire’s title hopes, and as such it was always likely to be a tense affair.
A sweeping movement to the right was finished off by a brilliant one-handed offload by Bridge to give Joel Monaghan the easiest of finishes.
A few minutes later Wire were in a similar position and another try might have been the trigger for a runaway Wire win.
Instead Brough came up with an interception and Huddersfield got a foothold in the match, with handling errors from Wire resulting in two tries to open up a four point lead for the visitors on the 20-minute mark.
Wire were getting scrappy and the close game that Huddersfield would almost certainly have settled for before kick-off was starting to take shape.
As so often is the case penalties turned the momentum of the game, and with 30 minutes gone Cooper was held down whilst looking for a quick play-the-ball on halfway, ultimately resulting in Joel Monaghan having another try put on a plate by Bridge.
Then Ferres was guilty of a grapple tackle on Westwood, leading to Grix scoring after Myler’s curling grubber kick ricocheted off Cudjoe.
Wire had an eight point lead at half time and came out at the start of the second half with the look of a team that wanted to put the result beyond doubt as soon as possible.
Riley’s great pressure on Robinson caused the halfback kick the ball out on the full.
A floated kick from Briers was athletically plucked out of the air by Atkins for the fourth Wire try and they had a 14-point lead that in previous matches against Huddersfield would’ve been enough to see them fold.
This Giants team are clearly getting tougher and more spirited because they refused to be blown away and two tries brought them to within two points with eight minutes to go.
The nerve jangling finale we were all fearing was upon us.
Then Briers faced one way and launched a high kick the other, and thankfully Giants igonred one of the oldest pieces of advice in the game and allowed the ball to bounce.
Joyously for Wire it bounced into the arms of Grix, who started the celebrations by scoring between the posts.
One more match filled with composure, confidence and class and the wait could finally be over.
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