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HALF TIME: Huddersfield Giants 14 Warrington Wolves 4
Updated 4:02pm Sunday 30th March 2014 in Wolves news
WOLVES enter the break 10 points down at the John Smith’s Stadium as Huddersfield Giants look to end their nine-game losing streak against the visitors.
Rhys Evans’ try was sandwiched by Scott Grix’s opener and Jodie Broughton’s score before half time with Danny Brough’s boot making it 14-4.
Giants’ Broughton took a superb catch from Richie Myler’s kick to the corner as Wolves’ first attacking move of the afternoon came to an end after three minutes.
It was Giants who opened the scoring in the eighth minute as Shaun Lunt’s pass found Eorl Crabtree and he fed Ukuma Ta’ai at speed.
The second rower broke through the Wolves line before committing Matty Russell and feeding a well-timed pass for Grix to cross by the posts, Lunt converted.
Myler’s high kick was fumbled amidst confusion between Ta’ai and Michael Lawrence on 13 minutes and Warrington took another six tackles, but, having applied pressure on the Giants’ line through Ben Westwood, the attack lost momentum when Simon Grix threw a loose pass from a failed set.
Huddersfield full back Grix was denied a second score on 21 minutes when he was held up over the line after the Giants had shifted the ball through the hands of Luke Robinson and replacement Antonio Kaufusi.
As the half hour approached, Micky Higham at dummy half fed Ratchford and after a neat side step the stand off was prevented from grounding by a Grix tackle.
From the resulting turnover, Jermaine McGillvary made 60 metres through the centre of the pitch and was tracked down by Myler.
As the move spread Grix looked like connecting with Brough’s grubber, but he was obstructed by Higham and Huddersfield captain Brough instead increased the Giants’ lead to eight points with a penalty.
Luke Robinson’s knock on close to his own line allowed Wolves to hit back in the 37th minute, keeping the pressure on before Myler span a long pass out to the returning Rhys Evans and he dummied his way over wide out for his fifth try of the campaign, Ratchford pulled the conversion wide.
However, the Giants’ lead was soon re-established as Chris Hill attempted to knock back a high Myler kick, but could only find Brough.
The reigning Man of Steel sprinted clear and fed the quicker Jodie Broughton to go the distance, before adding the extras.
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