Huddersfield 18-19 Warrington

A late Lee Briers drop goal sealed a narrow 19-18 victory for Warrington Wolves over Huddersfield Giants at the Galpharm Stadium.nnThe home side, in the week that they announced the appointment of St George Illawarra Dragons’ Nathan Brown as their new head coach, got off to a great start as 20-year-old fullback Leroy Cudjoe scored the games opening try.nnWarrington winger Chris Riley knocked on when attempting to collect a deep kick and from the resultant scrum Giants hooker Ryan Hudson put in a neat grubber which was grounded by Cudjoe. Chris Thorman‘s conversion giving the Giants an early six point lead.nnThe visitors got off the mark in the 17th minute via a Chris Hicks penalty after Lee Briers had been tackled without the ball by Danny Kirmond. But the Giants extended their lead two minutes later as Hicks and Kevin Penny made a mess of dealing with a high kick and the ball was shifted out wide where Cudjoe was left with a simple try for his second of the afternoon. Again Thorman converted to put the Giants 12-2 in front.nnWarrington got themselves back in the game after 31 minutes as Westwood collected a Briers pass for an easy try although Hicks releatively simple conversion attempt struck the post and bounced wide to leave the Wolves 12-6 behind.nnHuddersfield managed another try before the break as Cudjoe broke clear and grounded the ball despite a brave defensive effort from Matt King. The try, which gave the youngster his first senior hattrick, was awarded by video referee Ashley Klein and Thorman’s conversion gave the hosts an 18-6 lead at the interval.nnThe Wolves were given a half time dressing down by coach Jimmy Lowes an the impact was immediate as Simon Grix touched down next to the posts in the 46th minute wth Hicks conversion putting Warrington within six points of the Giants.nnThree minutes later Warrington were in again as Adrian Morley‘s offload was collected by front row partner Paul Rauhihi and the veteran prop slid over the line for his third try of the season. Hicks converted to bring the scores level at 18-18.nnThe Giants thought they had regained the lead in the 53rd minute as Penny collected a high bomb on the Warrington line and was tackled by Kevin Brown who managed to strip the ball and appeared to ground the ball. However, video referee Klein decided that Brown had knocked when touching down and ruled the score out.nnKlein was in action again two minutes later as Aspinwall grounded an intelligent Thorman kick but the effort was ruled out for a knock on by Brown in the build-up. Giants caretaker coach Paul Anderson may well feel hard done to but Klein appeared to get both decisions correct.nnWith time running out both sides began to think about landing a one pointer and Giants scrum half Luke Robinson knocked on in the process of attempting a drop goal in the 71st minute. Less than two minutes later Briers made no mistake with a one point attempt of his own to put Warrington in front.nnHuddersfield had a late opportunity to level the scores but Chris Thorman put a relatively simple drop goal attempt wide of the mark and Warrington held on for a win that keeps their hopes of a place in the top four alive. nnHuddersfield GiantsnnT: Cudjoe (3, 19, 36) nG: Thorman (4, 20, 37) nDG: nnWarrington WolvesnnT: Westwood (31), Grix (46) Rauhihi (49) nG: Hicks (16,47,50) nDG: Briers (72)nnHT: 18-6nnRef: Richard SilverwoodnnAtt: 5033

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