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FULL TIME: Huddersfield Giants 14 Warrington Wolves 33
WARRINGTON Wolves produced an impressive second half comeback at the John Smith’s Stadium to increase their winning run against Huddersfield Giants to 10 games in Super League Round 7.
Rhys Evans went over in the first half for Wolves, but they entered the break 14-4 down after Scott Grix’s opener and a Jodie Broughton score, added to by the boot of Danny Brough.
But five unanswered second half tries turned the fixture on its head and gave Tony Smith’s side the win against his former employers.
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.
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.
Broughton raced clear down the left wing three minutes after the break after quick hands from Brett Ferres, but Russell’s last ditch tackle stopped the Giants starting the second half the way they had ended the first.
Within two minutes Myler had reduced the deficit for Wolves, Michael Monaghan’s pass found the scrum half 15 metres from the line and he spotted a gap to scoot over and give Ratchford a simple conversion.
That was Myler’s first try of the season and he came close to helping them level the score after 65 minutes when, having collected Miachael Monaghan’s pass, he fed Chris Bridge, who was stopped a metre short.
Wolves continued to put pressure on the Huddersfield line with Scotland international Russell involved in two probing runs before an over-hit Myler grubber returned possession to the Giants on the hour.
Huddersfield were penalised for not being square in the Warrington half and the resulting series of plays saw Wolves stream forward into Giants’ territory.
Bridge created space for Westwood with a dummy run and the second rower hit the gap from Ratchford’s pass to bring the scores level. Ratchford was unable to add the extras from wide out on 65 minutes.
Wolves’ pressure continued and with seven minutes remaining Westwood crashed through and offloaded to Higham in the tackle, the hooker made 20 metres before finding Russell in support and the 20-year-old went between the posts to give Warrington the lead for the first time.
Bridge, taking over the kicking duties from Ratchford, added the extras to give Wolves a six-point lead.
However, Ratchford had the confidence to further increase Wolves’ lead two minutes later when he slotted a drop goal.
And the Wolves onslaught continued, this time moving the ball through the hands of Bridge and Asotasi before Hill found Myler and his long pass put Ormsby in at the corner for his fourth successive score. Bridge’s conversion struck a post on its way over to all but wrap up the victory.
There was still time to break the 30-point mark for Wolves, however, as Joel Monaghan went over in the corner from Bridge’s pass after Ratchford had scooped up a loose ball, Bridge converted.
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