Super League  Sunday 24th February 2013  The Rapid Solicitors Stadium  Att: 8,467

Squad

Mathers, Fox, Collis, L. Smith, Cockayne, Sykes, T. Smith, Poore, Aiton, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Kirmond, Washbrook, Wood, Amor, Wilkes, Mariano, Mellars, Annakin.

Squad

Grix, George, Cudjoe, Wardle, McGillvary, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Ferres, Faiumu, Patrick, Chan, Murphy, Cording, Fairbank, Mullally, Johnson, Fielden.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Ben Cockayne

Lee Smith

Peter Fox

GOAL SCORERS:

Paul Sykes

Paul Sykes

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Jermaine McGillvary

Jermaine McGillvary

Jermaine McGillvary

GOAL SCORERS:

Danny Brough

Danny Brough

Danny Brough

Full Report

Match Official: R Silverwood

Winger Jermaine McGillvary's hat-trick enabled Huddersfield Giants to stay top of Super League, but only a disallowed try in the last minute ensured they retained their 100% record.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats trailed throughout the match but, after coming from 18-8 down to cut the deficit to two points, thought they had snatched victory when centre Lee Smith went over for a try, only to have it disallowed for a forward pass.

Huddersfield, who gave a debut to former Widnes Vikings forward Anthony Mullally, were generally the more impressive side but could never shake off their gritty opponents in a tense, scrappy affair at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

The Giants could hardly have made a better start, with McGillvary scoring two tries in the first eight minutes after stand-off Danny Brough and winger Aaron Murphy, both former Wakefield players, had counter-attacked with devastating effect from their own quarter.

McGillvary took Luke Robinson's cut-out pass to cross unopposed for his first score and then won the race to Scott Grix's grubber kick to the line.

Brough was wide with both conversion attempts and the slow-starting Wildcats gradually clawed their way back to parity.

Full-back Richard Mathers took advantage of second rower Ali Lauitiiti's offload to get winger Peter Fox over for a 13th-minute try and Paul Sykes added the conversion before putting over a penalty eight minutes before half-time to tie the scores.

Huddersfield missed a scoring chance when hooker Shaun Lunt knocked on over the line, but they turned around 12-8 in front thanks to a couple of penalties by Brough as he made amends for his earlier misses.

The Giants always looked the more enterprising team and duly extended their lead four minutes into the second half.

Grix burst clear from David Faiumu's defence-splitting pass and, although Fox got back to haul down Brough, the Wakefield defence could not regroup in time to prevent McGillvary taking Robinson's long pass to complete his hat-trick.

The powerful winger was forced out of the action on 55 minutes after being hurt attempting a tackle on Wakefield's dangerous Ben Cockayne, but must have thought he had done enough to secure the points for his side.

Brough's third goal made it 18-8 but the visitors spent most of the second half on the defensive.

Wakefield had plenty of possession yet their handling too often let them down and they struggled to break down the best defence in Super League until Australian centre Dean Collis broke from deep inside his own half.

Mathers was hauled down 20 metres out after taking Collis' inside pass but, from the next play, Cockayne found space out on the flank and centre Lee Smith touched down his kick to the line.

That cut Huddersfield's lead to 18-12 and it was down to just two points eight minutes from the end when Tim Smith's long pass was deflected by defender Leroy Cudjoe into the grateful arms of Cockayne, who scored his sixth try of the season.

Sykes was again off target with the conversion but Wakefield thought they had snatched victory in the final minute when Lee Smith took Tim Smith's short pass, but referee Richard Silverwood ruled it forward.

Match Action

  • 71m
    try

    Ben Cockayne

    Wakefield

  • 63m
    try

    Lee Smith

    Wakefield

  • 48m
    interchange_off

    Kyle Wood

    Wakefield

  • 48m
    interchange_on

    Chris Annakin

    Wakefield

  • 44m
    try

    Jermaine McGillvary

    Huddersfield

  • 44m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 36m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 34m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 32m
    goal

    Paul Sykes

    Wakefield

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Anthony Mullally

    Huddersfield

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Eorl Crabtree

    Huddersfield

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Ali Lauitiiti

    Wakefield

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Kyle Wood

    Wakefield

  • 29m
    interchange_off

    Shaun Lunt

    Huddersfield

  • 29m
    interchange_on

    David Faiumu

    Huddersfield

  • 28m
    interchange_on

    Oliver Wilkes

    Wakefield

  • 28m
    interchange_off

    Andy Raleigh

    Wakefield

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Larne Patrick

    Huddersfield

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Stuart Fielden

    Huddersfield

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Kyle Amor

    Wakefield

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Jamie Cording

    Huddersfield

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Justin Poore

    Wakefield

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Jacob Fairbank

    Huddersfield

  • 12m
    goal

    Paul Sykes

    Wakefield

  • 12m
    try

    Peter Fox

    Wakefield

  • 8m
    try

    Jermaine McGillvary

    Huddersfield

  • 3m
    try

    Jermaine McGillvary

    Huddersfield