Super League  Friday 22nd March 2013  Halliwell Jones Stadium  Att: 9,797

Squad

Atkins, Bridge, Carvell, Cooper, Currie, Grix, Harrison, Higham, Hill, Hodgson, J. Monaghan, Myler, O'Brien, Ratchford, Riley, Waterhouse, Westwood, Wood, M. Monaghan.

Squad

Grix, Cudjoe, Wardle, McGillvary, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Faiumu, Patrick, Ta'ai, Murphy, Cording, Fairbank, Ferguson, Dawson, Fielden.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Brett Hodgson

Stefan Ratchford

Stefan Ratchford

Chris Riley

GOAL SCORERS:

Brett Hodgson

Brett Hodgson

Brett Hodgson

Brett Hodgson

Brett Hodgson

Brett Hodgson

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

GOAL SCORERS:

Danny Brough

Full Report

Match Official: B Thaler

Warrington Wolves overcame blizzard-like conditions at the Halliwell Jones Stadium to become only the second team to beat Huddersfield Giants this season and move within a point of the Super League leaders.

Both teams deserved enormous credit for defying atrocious conditions to produce an entertaining game for the crowd of 9,797 but the Wolves took the spoils thanks largely to a magnificent defensive effort which kept the table-toppers try-less for the first time this year.

Stand-off Stefan Ratchford scored a try in each half and former Huddersfield captain Brett Hodgson finished with 16 points for the home side as they extended their winning run against the Giants to five matches and underlined their status as title favourites.

Captain Danny Brough gave Huddersfield the lead with a ninth-minute penalty after second rower Brett Ferres had been tackled high in front of the Warrington posts, but they would not add to those two points.

Playing into the teeth of the blustery gale, the Giants adopted a conservative approach and rarely threatened the Wolves tryline.

Front row forwards Craig Kopczak and Stuart Fielden got through plenty of work as the visitors took the ball down the middle and initially kept their errors down to a minimum.

Yet Warrington were always the more adventurous side and fully deserved their 14-2 interval lead.

They scored their first try midway through the first half when full-back Hodgson's long pass exposed a gap on the Huddersfield flank and gave winger Chris Riley an unopposed run to the line.

Hodgson kicked the touchline conversion and increased his side's lead with a 29th-minute penalty before the home side put together the best move of the match to score their second try.

Centre Ryan Atkins scythed through the heart of the visitors' defence on halfway and Chris Bridge backed him up before sending Ratchford over for his first try, which Hodgson converted.

Hodgson once more punished Huddersfield's indiscipline with a second penalty 90 seconds into the second half to make it 16-2 and Warrington tightened their grip midway through the second half when Ratchford went over again.

The Giants looked to have diffused the danger caused by Richie Myler's grubber kick on the last tackle but defender Aaron Murphy succeeded only in palming the ball into the grateful arms of Ratchford.

As the Wolves piled on the pressure, back rower Simon Grix was denied a try for obstruction but there was no stopping Hodgson on 68 minutes when he finished off some slick passing by Micky Higham and Myler.

Hodgson converted his own try to take his goal tally to six from as many attempts.

Match Action

  • 71m
    goal

    Brett Hodgson

    Warrington

  • 70m
    try

    Brett Hodgson

    Warrington

  • 65m
    goal

    Brett Hodgson

    Warrington

  • 64m
    try

    Stefan Ratchford

    Warrington

  • 52m
    interchange_off

    Ben Westwood

    Warrington

  • 52m
    interchange_on

    Ben Currie

    Warrington

  • 47m
    interchange_off

    Shaun Lunt

    Huddersfield

  • 47m
    interchange_on

    Jamie Cording

    Huddersfield

  • 42m
    goal

    Brett Hodgson

    Warrington

  • 39m
    goal

    Brett Hodgson

    Warrington

  • 39m
    interchange_off

    Michael Monaghan

    Warrington

  • 39m
    interchange_on

    Mickey Higham

    Warrington

  • 38m
    try

    Stefan Ratchford

    Warrington

  • 32m
    interchange_on

    Trent Waterhouse

    Warrington

  • 32m
    interchange_off

    Chris Hill

    Warrington

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Jacob Fairbank

    Huddersfield

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    David Faiumu

    Huddersfield

  • 29m
    goal

    Brett Hodgson

    Warrington

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Larne Patrick

    Huddersfield

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Stuart Fielden

    Huddersfield

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Paul Wood

    Warrington

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Garreth Carvell

    Warrington

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Eorl Crabtree

    Huddersfield

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Craig Kopczak

    Huddersfield

  • 23m
    goal

    Brett Hodgson

    Warrington

  • 22m
    try

    Chris Riley

    Warrington

  • 9m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield