Wigan recorded their first Super League points of the new season and in a convincing manner against Huddersfield Giants at the JJB Stadium on Friday night.
The Warriors powered into a 30-0 lead in almost as many minutes, from which there was never any real way back for Jon Sharp’s men.
On 5 minutes Wigan took the lead, the visitors were penalised for a forward pass and from the scrum the Warriors spread the ball to the right and Chris Ashton found a gap in the Giants defence to sweep in for the games first try, Danny Tickle added the goal to make the score 6-0.
Soon after Dennis Moran spotted a gap around 30 metres out and while Hansen was being held up in back play the scrum half popped a clever kick which Kevin Brown dived on to. Tickle hit a good conversion to make the score 12-0 with less than ten minutes on the clock.
On 11 minutes Brown turned from try scorer to provider as Harrison Hansen was in support for the Warriors third try 16-0 and the visitors were visibly rocked by Wigan’s impressive start. Tickle made it three from three conversions 18-0.
On 20 minutes Wigan were in again, this time big prop Paleaaesina powering over for his second try for the club. Tickle made it 24-0.
Moran and Ashton combined on 32 minutes to send in Brett Dallas in the corner as Huddersfield were exposed again. The Aussie now needs just one try to notch up a century of touchdowns for the club, some achievement. Danny Tickle struck a superb goal to make it 30-0.
The Giants finally got off the mark right on half time through a Chris Nero try in the left hand corner, the conversion was missed 30-4 at the interval.
The visitors were the first to cross after the break, James Evans in the corner, De Vere with the extras 30-10. All of a sudden there was a glint that there could be a game on our hands.
A last ditch shoulder charge by Ashton on Nero on 49 minutes prevented a third try for the Giants.
A Wayne Godwin try, Wigan’s sixth on 68 minutes and with Paul March already spending ten minutes in the sin bin for back chatting to the referee just about ended any possible late threat from the Yorkshire men. Tickle was spot on from under the posts again 36-10.
Two late tries for the Giants narrowed the difference.Albert Torrens scored in the far corner but it was little more than consolation, 36-14. Then a mistake from Moran allowed De Vere in for a further try almost on the final hooter, which was converted by Chris Thorman. It ended 36-20.
Huddersfield Giants 20
T- Nero, Evans, Torrens,De vere
G - De Vere, Thorman
Chris Ashton, Mark Calderwood, Pat Richards, David Vaealiki, Brett Dallas, Kevin Brown, Dennis Moran, Jerry Seuseu, Wayne Godwin, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Danny Tickle, Harrison Hansen, Sean O'Loughlin.
Subs - Scott Logan, Bryn Hargreaves,Mick Higham,Joel Tomkins
Paul Reilly, Martin Aspinwall, James Evans, Albert Torrens, Michael De Vere, Chris Thorman, Robbie Paul, Eorl Crabtree, Paul March, Wayne McDonald,Paul Smith, Stuart Jones, Stephen Wild
Subs - Brad Drew, Chris Nero, Steve Snitch, Paul Jackson