Warrington convincingly defeated Huddersfield Giants 33-6 at the City of Salford Stadium to set up a second Cup Final meeting with Leeds Rhinos in three years at Wembley on August 25th.

The Cup winners of 2009 and 2010, who fell 6-0 behind early to a Scott More try in a match they dominated were helped by a 17 point-haul by former Huddersfield fullback Brett Hodgson in a dominant performance to secure another trip to the national stadium.

Following Moore’s opener, Garreth Carvell found a gap off a Lee Briers pass and managed to stretch over the line to score a controversially awarded try after a long duration before the video referee decided there was not sufficient enough evidence of a double-movement, despite Carvell’s ball-carrying arm hitting th ground before the line, giving the try on ‘Benefit of the Doubt.’

The kicking game of Lee Briers, instrumental as ever for the Wolve s caused havoc in the windy conditions for Giants fullback Scott Grix. And After Grix dropped a high bomb and Ryan Atkins was over from the resulting scrum to give Warrington a lead they would never even look like losing. Not long later Grix was unable to deal with the high kick again, Joel Monaghan taking the loose ball for Warrington’s third.

After the restart, Huddersfield continued to find life difficult, despite pluckily trying throughout. Warrington had a score disallowed for crossing, when the Monaghan brothers combined but Brett Hodgson was able to add to the Wire’s tally. A dropgoal and penalty from the fullback increased the lead before Stefan Ratchford’s try sealed the win to give Warrington the chance to make it three Cup successes in four seasons in just under six weeks time.

 

Simon Mulligan

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