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Warriors too strong for Giants
Charnley and Carmont doubles move Wigan clear
Wigan Warriors moved clear at the top of the Stobart Super League table with a fully deserved 32-12 victory over rivals Huddersfield Giants.
It was first versus second at the Galpharm Stadium and two tries apiece from Josh Charnley and George Carmont helped the visitors secure the two points away from home.
Wigan outscored Nathan Brown's men by seven tries to two, but Shane Wane's men missed five of their conversions meaning the scoreline somewhat flattered the Giants.
The Giants demonstrated their attacking flair from the kick-off, with Scott Grix gathering Danny Brough's chip over the Wigan defence to get centre Leroy Cudjoe haring away but the final pass to Jermaine McGillvary went astray.
Thomas Leuluai's superb kicks forced two goal-line drop-outs but the Giants showed why they have the best defence in the league by holding the visitors out and they went in front after 14 minutes.
Luke Robinson's dart from dummy-half caught the Warriors by surprise and Cudjoe's quick pass gave McGillvary the chance to demonstrate clinical finishing at the corner.
Brough had earlier missed a long-range penalty kick at goal but he made amends with a touchline conversion to make it 6-0 and the Yorkshiremen were good value for their lead.
But Wigan gradually came into the game and turned around 12-6 in front after scoring three tries in the second quarter.
Quick hands from Michael McIlorum, Leuluai, Sam Tomkins and Darrell Goulding got Charnley over for his first before Tomkins brushed off Grix's attempted tackle to touch down for his 11th score of the campaign.
Huddersfield lost forward David Faiumu following a clash of heads with Wigan prop Jeff Lima but they almost regained the lead when replacement Dale Ferguson charged towards the line only to lose control of the ball as he was about to touch down.
Charnley missed a chance by fumbling Sean O'Loughlin's ankle-high pass four minutes before the interval but he quickly made amends by taking Goulding's pass to slide over for his second try.
Charnley was off target with all three conversion attempts and the misses began to look costly when Huddersfield drew level six minutes into the second half.
There seemed nothing on when full-back Greg Eden took Grix's inside pass but he ghosted through the Wigan defence for his side's second try, which Brough slotted over.
Eden went from hero to villain in the space of four minutes when he dropped Brett Finch's kick, gifting Carmont the simplest of tries which put the visitors back in front.
Charnley was once more unable to kick the goal and he handed the task over to Tomkins when substitute Liam Farrell fended off Kevin Brown to score Wigan's fifth try after 53 minutes.
Tomkins duly obliged to put his side 10 points clear and, although winger Anthony Gelling dropped Gareth Hock's pass with the line beckoning, Carmont made no mistake moments later after more good work from Hock.
And, after Eden had gone closer to notching his second try for Huddersfield, Wigan had the final say when Lima forced his way over for his side's seventh, with Tomkins kicking his second goal.
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||27||23|
|10||Salford Red Devils||27||23|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||27||10|
|Friday 26th September|
|Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalan Dragons|
|Thursday 18th September|
|Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield|
|Friday 12th September|
|Huddersfield 17 - 16 St Helens|
|Sunday 7th September|
|Huddersfield 38 - 28 Hull|
|Thursday 28th August|
|Warrington 24 - 24 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 17th August|
|Huddersfield 28 - 14 Widnes|
|Sunday 3rd August|
|Wakefield 18 - 36 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 27th July|
|Huddersfield 38 - 16 Catalan Dragons|
|Sunday 20th July|
|Huddersfield 52 - 26 Bradford|
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