Huddersfield Giants finally laid their Warrington bogy tonight at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, defeating Warrington Wolves 10-29 for their first win against the Wolves since defeating them by the same scoreline at home on 8 April, 2011.
Since then Warrington had been undefeated in their last eleven meetings with Huddersfield, having drawn one and won ten.
But tonight the Giants controlled the game from the off for their fourth straight victory, with the kicking game of their halfbacks Danny Brough and Jamie Ellis the difference between the teams.
In a low scoring first half the Giants took the lead when Ellis followed up his own kick to touch down, with Brough converting, and in a tightly fought contest the only other score before the interval was a Brough drop-goal.
Early in the second half the Giants extended their lead to 13 points when Aaron Murphy touched down a Brough kick in the corner, and Brough added a fine conversion.
But at that point the Wolves made a comeback with two tries of their own.
Gareth O’Brien opened their account with a try from an inside pass by Chris Bridge, with O’Brien adding the goal, and then Kevin Penny scored in the corner, although this time O’Brien couldn’t convert, but the margin was down to three points.
But the Giants sealed victory with three tries in the last thirteen minutes from Murphy, who scored another try in the corner from another Brough kick, Jermaine McGillvary, who intercepted a Daryl Clark pass and ran to the corner to score, and Eorl Crabtree, who scored from close range, with Brough converting the final two tries for the Giants to leapfrog the Wolves into third place in the Super League table.
A full report and photos from this game will feature in Monday’s edition of Rugby League Express.