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- First Utility Super League
- Qualifying Semi-Final
- 26th Sep 2013
- KO 20:00
- Att: 10,042
FT Wolves 30 Giants 22!
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A brave effort from the Giants at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, but it's Warrington who will be back at Old Trafford for the second successive season.
Two tries from Simon Grix have finished off the Giants. Warrington have won 30-22 and will take on the winners of Friday's match between Wigan and Leeds from the DW Stadium.
79 Poor grubber kick from McGillvary and surely that's it.
78 Brough's kick is collected! Surely too little time now for the Giants.
77 Ratchford made no mistake from under the posts.
76 This kick from Ratchford surely for the win.
75 Wolves have scored and it's a second from Grix. Everyone left Briers' kick and it bounced nicely for the Wolves and Grix goes over untouched.
73 Strong run from Murphy, but he loses it and it's deemed a knock on.
72 Super try! The Giants have scored. Ferguson dances his way through the Wolves to score. Brough has added the extras.
71 Atkins collects Brough's kick, but the Giants push him back and it's now a goal-line drop out.
70 Relieving penalty for the Giants. They were laying all over Ferguson.
68 It's going to be a goal-line drop out for the Giants.
67 Oh dear Connor, the youngster has dropped it! Excellent field position for the Wolves.
64 Warrington start with the ball on their own 20 metre line.
60 Ferguson is trapped on the last tackle. Warrington have the ball back.
59 Incredible kick from Brough. It bounces past Riley and now the visitors have it back on the half-way line.
58 Yes you guessed it. It's a third straight drop out by the Giants.
57 Even more pressure. It's another drop out. All Warrington at the moment.
56 Now it's the Wolves piling on the pressure. It's a goal-line drop out for the Giants.
54 Daft penalty from Ferguson gives the Wolves a penalty for a high shot on Riley.
53 Robinson's deep kick turns Warrington around again. The pressure is building.
52 Brough has added the extras. The Giants are only down by eight again.
50 TRY! Giants have pulled one back. McGillvary has scored in the corner.
49 Excellent kick from Brough pens the Wolves deep in their own half.
46 Ratchford has made it four for four with the boot. The Giants are in a big hole now.
45 Briers with a super cross-field kick and Atkins collects the ball and touches down with ease.
45 Another try for Warrington! This time its Atkins who has scored. Could that be it?
44 Outstanding defence from the Giants keeps Joel Monaghan out.
43 Big cheer at Warrington as Huddersfield's kick goes straight out of play!
41 The Giants get the second half underway. Warrington have possession.
Half time and it's Warrington who are 40 minutes from Old Trafford, they lead 18-10 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
40 Superb passage of play before half time. The Giants played hot potato, but they were unable to get the try.
39 Ratchford has kicked the Wolves into an eight-point lead before half time.
38 However, the Wolves have scored anyway! Third try of the match and it's Simon Grix who has touched down.
37 It's no try, but it's still the fifth tackle for Warrington.
37 Briers has the ball down and he thinks he's scored, but is it in one movement?
36 A silly penalty from Ferres there will give the Wolves another chance to attack before half time.
33 Ratchford has added the extras to put Smith's team back in front.
32 Wolves spread it out again and it's that combo of Bridge to Monaghan that pays dividends.
31 Another big cheer, but this time it's Warrington who have the penalty from Silverwood.
29 Oh dear! Briers' kick is out on the full, draws a big cheer from the visiting faithful.
26 Warrington head coach Smith has made a triple change to try and ignite his troops, Monaghan, Morley and Carvell all on.
23 Brough has failed to add the extras from out wide.
22 The try has been given and the Giants now lead 10-6!
22 Connor is over the try line for the Giants. Again it's another one for the video referee.
21 Big knock-on from Brough's kick by Riley, so now the Giants have excellent field position with ball in hand.
18 Lovely kick from Brough wins back field position for the visitors.
16 Warrington now on the front foot courtesy of back-to-back penalties!
14 The Giants win a penalty for a two on one tackle on Shaun Lunt.
12 Murphy has dropped a bomb and now Warrington have the ball back with excellent field position.
9 Brough adds the extras and it's now 6-6 with 10 minutes played at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
9 Brough's try has been given and four will soon become six for the visitors.
8 The grubber kick hit Ratchford's leg and Brough appears to have put the ball down under the posts.
8 Huddersfield have touched down through Brough, although the decision has been refereed to the video referee. At the moment it looks like it might be a try for the Giants.
8 The Giants have stemmed the tide somewhat thanks to an excellent intercept from Brough, however, Warrington are now back in possession.
6 There's an incorrect play the ball from Huddersfield, meaning Warrington have the ball back straight away
5 Ratchford has added the extras to give the home side an early 6-0 lead.
4 TRY! Joel Monaghan has opened the scoring with a try down the right side of Wolves' attack.
3 Penalty to Warrington, after Ferres is deemed to have interfered with the play the ball.
1 Warrington get the contest underway! Giants have the ball first.
Former Leeds head coach Tony Smith is hoping to return to the Grand Final for the fifth time. Can young coach Paul Anderson stop the Wolves?
The teams are just 80 minutes away from a trip to Old Trafford. Who will advance? The Wolves or Giants?
Warrington are aiming to reach Old Trafford for the second successive season while the Giants have yet to reach the Grand Final since the inception of the play-offs.
It is interesting to note that in three of their last four matches at the HJ Stadium, Huddersfield have failed to score more than six points.
The last time these two teams met in the play-offs, it was Warrington who emerged with a 47-0 success in 2011.
It's going to be a huge night for Huddersfield's rookie full-back Jake Connor with Scott Grix out.
Here are the teams for tonight's match from the Halliwell Jones Stadium:
Warrington: Ratchford, C. Riley, C. Bridge, Atkins, J. Monaghan, Briers, Myler, Wood, Higham, Hill, Grix, Westwood, Harrison. Replacements: Morley, M. Monaghan, Carvell, Cooper.
Huddersfield: Connor, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Wardle, Murphy, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Chan, Lawrence. Replacements: Patrick, Ta'ai, Ferguson, Wood.
Don't forget! We're live on Sky Sports Xtra and on the red button tonight from 7.30-8.00 for pre-match build-up to the Warrington/Huddersfield game, and then again from 10-10.30 for post-match analysis and reaction.
Warrington selected to play Huddersfield in the controversial 'Club Call' system despite the Giants claiming the League Leaders' Shield. The Wolves have already beaten Paul Anderson's men three times this season. Kick-off is at 8pm.
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|19:30||Salford Red Devils vs Hull FC|
|Sunday 1st March|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Wigan Warriors|
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|20:00||Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos|
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|20:00||Wakefield vs St Helens|
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|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors|
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|Sunday 15th February|
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