Official Match Report
Wigan Warriors ground out a 13-6 win over Huddersfield Giants to maintain the only 100 per cent record in the Super 8s and clinch a home semi-final.
The Warriors needed a try from Oliver Gildart three minutes from the end to finally end the resistance of the Giants and condemn them to a fourth successive defeat in an error-strewn match.
The game was played in persistent rain at the John Smith’s Stadium in the type of conditions Wigan might well experience if they reach the Grand Final at Old Trafford in October.
Sam Tomkins’ penalty gave Wigan an early lead before Morgan Escare scored the game’s first try to give the Warriors a 6-0 half-time advantage.
Escare edged Wigan further ahead with a drop goal just before the hour mark but Shaun Wane’s side were hanging on after Kruise Leeming went over eight minutes from time.
Huddersfield’s hopes of finishing their home campaign with a win ended when Danny Brough was sin-binned for a high tackle and Gildart secured Wigan's win.
Wane said: “We did what we needed to do. We’ve struggled here in the past. They had nothing to play for but they played with spirit.
“Getting second was really important to me and we’ve nailed that.
“I just wanted to get the win. We’ve under-performed here in the past and I just wanted the two points to keep the momentum going.”
Giants head coach Simon Woolford said: "We had too many disruptions but it’s a better feeling than last week.
“Obviously the conditions weren’t great and we had a wounded team – we struggled to pick a 19-man squad earlier in the week – but, all things considered, the effort was fantastic and I’m really proud of them.
“There are a lot of positives to take out it. We’re disappointed we didn’t win but there’s no shame.”
|11||goal||Goal scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins||0-2|
|18||try||Try scored for Wigan by Morgan Escare||0-6|
|20||INTER||Interchange for Wigan, Taulima Tautai On||0-6|
|20||INTER||Interchange for Wigan, Romain Navarrete Off||0-6|
|21||INTER||Interchange for Huddersfield, Paul Clough On||0-6|
|21||INTER||Interchange for Huddersfield, Suaia Matagi Off||0-6|
|23||INTER||Interchange for Huddersfield, Michael Lawrence Off||0-6|
|23||INTER||Interchange for Huddersfield, Matty English On||0-6|
|24||INTER||Interchange for Wigan, Tony Clubb Off||0-6|
|24||INTER||Interchange for Wigan, Gabriel Hamlin On||0-6|
|30||INTER||Interchange for Huddersfield, Ryan Hinchcliffe Off||0-6|
|30||INTER||Interchange for Huddersfield, Colton Roche On||0-6|
|30||INTER||Interchange for Huddersfield, Adam O'Brien Off||0-6|
|30||INTER||Interchange for Huddersfield, Kruise Leeming On||0-6|
|59||dropgoal||Dropgoal scored for Wigan by Morgan Escare||0-7|
|71||try||Try scored for Huddersfield by Kruise Leeming||4-7|
|72||goal||Goal scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough||6-7|
|78||try||Try scored for Wigan by Oliver Gildart||6-11|
|80||goal||Goal scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins||6-13|