Wakefield Wildcats 36 Huddersfield Giants 22: Chester makes a winning start

Matty Ashurst and Anthony England close in on Leroy Cudjoe.
 (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Matty Ashurst and Anthony England close in on Leroy Cudjoe. (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

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New coach Chris Chester had an immediate impact as Wakefield Trinity Wildcats beat Huddersfield Giants 36-22 in his first game since taking charge last week.

Wildcats’ second win of the year lifted them to 10th in Super League and Giants are now bottom.

Huddersfield started well, but Wildcats scored three successive tries mid-way through the first half to open an 18-6 lead.

Max Jowitt put Tom Johnstone over at the corner, Mikey Sio touched down after Danny Brough fumbled Jacob Miller’s grubber and then Reece Lyne pounced after Jared Simpson had let Stuart Howarth’s kick bounce.

Liam Finn converted all three.

Giants had gone ahead early on through Jermaine McGillvary, who crossed from Leroy Cudjoe’s pass.

Two minutes before the interval, Brough and Craig Huby set up a try for Jake Connor and Brough added his second conversion before booting a penalty to make it 18-14 at the break.

Connor’s second try, nine minutes into the second half, levelled the scores.

Jowitt scored a fine try, from Miller’s pass with 21 minutes left and Finn booted his fourth goal to make it 24-18.

On 64 Wildcats’ Mickael Simon and Giants’ Larne Patrick were sin-binned after a fight and almost immediately Brough picked out an unmarked Aaron Murphy, who crossed at the corner.

There was no goal and Johnstone eased Wildcats’ nerves with a sensational try from close to his own line with eight minutes left.

Then two minutes from time Nick Scruton powered over and Finn’s sixth goal, from as many attempts, completed the scoring.

Giants gave a debut to new signing Ryan Brierley, but he made little impact on the game.

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