Super League  Sunday 3rd August 2014  The Rapid Solicitors Stadium  Att: 4,317

Squad

Mathers, Riley, Kirmond, Keinhorst, Sykes, Lauitiiti, Raleigh, McShane, Gilmour, Sammut, Washbrook, Jowitt, Owen, Moore, T. Smith, Tautai, Lyne, Scruton, Wildie.

Squad

Grix, McGillvary, Wardle, Murphy, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Bailey, Lawrence, Patrick, Ta'ai, Broughton, Kaufusi, Mullally, Connor, Leeming.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Jarrod Sammut

Paul Sykes

Jarrod Sammut

GOAL SCORERS:

Jarrod Sammut

Jarrod Sammut

Jarrod Sammut

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Jake Connor

Jermaine McGillvary

Kruise Leeming

Craig Kopczak

Shaun Lunt

Eorl Crabtree

Joe Wardle

GOAL SCORERS:

Danny Brough

Danny Brough

Danny Brough

Danny Brough

Full Report

Match Official: J Child

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ play-off hopes were dealt a body blow after they crashed to a first home defeat under coach James Webster.

The Wildcats never recovered from a dismal first half after which they trailed a rampant Huddersfield Giants 32-0 and, although they produced a spirited revival, a 36-18 First Utility Super League defeat leaves them four points behind eighth-placed Widnes Vikings with four games left of the regular season.

Huddersfield, with former England hooker Shaun Lunt in impressive form on his return from a two-month injury lay-off, were dominant from the start despite the late withdrawal of winger Jodie Broughton and prop Antonio Kaufusi.

Webster was also forced to make a late change, switching Jarrod Sammut from stand-off to full-back in the absence of the injured Richard Mathers, and the Australian experienced mixed fortunes in his new role.

He conceded a penalty from the kick-off by putting the ball straight into touch and the visitors scored inside their first set, with half-backs Luke Robinson and Danny Brough working the ball out wide for centre Joe Wardle to touch down for the first of their six tries before the break.

Brough disputed referee James Child's decision to disallow his conversion, after the two touch judges came to different conclusions over the accuracy of the kick, but it hardly mattered as Huddersfield went on to win at a canter.

Lunt made his first impact on nine minutes when his short pass got prop Eorl Crabtree charging over for the Giants' second try and it was all Huddersfield as winger Jermaine McGillvary was denied by Paul Sykes' last-ditch tackle and front rower Anthony Mullally was held up over the line.

There was no respite for the Wildcats when Mullally went off as a barnstorming run from his replacement Craig Kopczak created the position for Lunt to force his way over from dummy half before taking Lunt's pass to cross himself.

Lunt went off for a well-earned breather on 28 minutes and his replacement, teenager Kruise Leeming, was quickly into the action, taking Robinson's pass to score his first try of the season after Sammut had dropped Brough's high kick.

Wakefield spent virtually the whole of the first 40 minutes inside their own half and, on a rare foray near the visitors' line, spilled ball and watched McGillvary sprint 95 metres for an opportunist 18th try of the season.

Leading 32-0 at the break, it was always going to be difficult for the Giants to maintain their sparkling form and the Wildcats, boosted by the arrival from the bench of forwards Ali Lauitiiti and Taulima Tautai, enjoyed a good deal more possession to enable them to redeem themselves.

Sammut scored one try four minutes into the second half, which he converted, looked to have added another only to be pulled back for a forward pass and was then held up over the line.

The Wildcats' pressure eventually told when hooker Paul McShane got stand-off Sykes through a yawning gap in the Huddersfield defence and Sammut kicked his second goal.

It was a far more even contest in the second half, with the Giants scoring their only other try through teenager Jake Connor, who switched from the wing to full-back in the absence of Scott Grix for the second half.

The Wildcats were well beaten but they had the final say when second rower Danny Kirmond got out an offload that enabled Sammut to score his second try and he also kicked his third goal.

Match Action

  • 80m
    goal

    Jarrod Sammut

    Wakefield

  • 80m
    try

    Jarrod Sammut

    Wakefield

  • 78m
    try

    Jake Connor

    Huddersfield

  • 76m
    interchange_on

    Taulima Tautai

    Wakefield

  • 76m
    interchange_off

    Andy Raleigh

    Wakefield

  • 75m
    interchange_off

    Nick Scruton

    Wakefield

  • 75m
    interchange_on

    Richard Moore

    Wakefield

  • 67m
    interchange_off

    Ali Lauitiiti

    Wakefield

  • 67m
    interchange_on

    Lee Gilmour

    Wakefield

  • 59m
    interchange_off

    David Faiumu

    Huddersfield

  • 59m
    interchange_on

    Eorl Crabtree

    Huddersfield

  • 58m
    interchange_off

    Taulima Tautai

    Wakefield

  • 58m
    interchange_on

    Andy Raleigh

    Wakefield

  • 57m
    goal

    Jarrod Sammut

    Wakefield

  • 57m
    try

    Paul Sykes

    Wakefield

  • 52m
    interchange_on

    Shaun Lunt

    Huddersfield

  • 52m
    interchange_off

    Kruise Leeming

    Huddersfield

  • 48m
    interchange_off

    Richard Moore

    Wakefield

  • 48m
    interchange_on

    Nick Scruton

    Wakefield

  • 46m
    goal

    Jarrod Sammut

    Wakefield

  • 46m
    try

    Jarrod Sammut

    Wakefield

  • 42m
    interchange_on

    Michael Lawrence

    Huddersfield

  • 42m
    interchange_off

    Scott Grix

    Huddersfield

  • 35m
    try

    Jermaine McGillvary

    Huddersfield

  • 33m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 33m
    try

    Kruise Leeming

    Huddersfield

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Shaun Lunt

    Huddersfield

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Kruise Leeming

    Huddersfield

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Lee Gilmour

    Wakefield

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Ali Lauitiiti

    Wakefield

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Taulima Tautai

    Wakefield

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Nick Scruton

    Wakefield

  • 29m
    interchange_off

    Michael Lawrence

    Huddersfield

  • 29m
    interchange_on

    David Faiumu

    Huddersfield

  • 28m
    try

    Craig Kopczak

    Huddersfield

  • 28m
    interchange_off

    Eorl Crabtree

    Huddersfield

  • 28m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 28m
    interchange_on

    Chris Bailey

    Huddersfield

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Andy Raleigh

    Wakefield

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Richard Moore

    Wakefield

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Matty Wildie

    Wakefield

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Paul McShane

    Wakefield

  • 20m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 20m
    try

    Shaun Lunt

    Huddersfield

  • 19m
    interchange_off

    Anthony Mullally

    Huddersfield

  • 19m
    interchange_on

    Craig Kopczak

    Huddersfield

  • 10m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 10m
    try

    Eorl Crabtree

    Huddersfield

  • 2m
    try

    Joe Wardle

    Huddersfield