Huddersfield 16 – 14 Wakefield

Teenager Will Pryce was the hero for the Huddersfield Giants in Golden Point Extra Time as they secured third place in Betfred’s Super League with a home win against Wakefield in their final game of the season regular.

Last update: 02/09/22 23:12

Will Pryce celebrates after picking up the winning points for Huddersfield

Will Pryce kicked in an extra-time penalty as Huddersfield Giants cruised to a dramatic 16-14 victory over Wakefield Trinity in their final match of the Betfred Super League regular campaign and clinch a third place finish.

Trinity was on course to end the season with a fifth straight win when second rower Matty Ashurst scored his third try after 66 minutes to give them a 14-12 lead.

But Pryce’s penalty 10 minutes later leveled the scores and, after a string of failed drop goal attempts from both sides, he delivered the winning shot in added time to ensure Huddersfield progressed to the play-offs on Saturday next on a winning note.

Game history

Bottom of the table after 20 rounds, Willie Poching’s Trinity at least ended the season on a high note with skipper Jacob Miller and forwards David Fifita, Tinirau Arona and Yusuf Aydin all drawing attention to their recent appearances for the club.

Huddersfield head coach Ian Watson, whose side face Salford, Leeds or Castleford at the John Smith Stadium next Saturday for a place in the semi-finals, has opted to rest forwards Chris Hill, Joe Greenwood and Luke Yates and will be looking for improved displays if he is to take his side all the way to Old Trafford.

There was little to choose between the sides throughout the game and the defeat was a tough one for the visitors, who edged their hosts by three tries to two.

Pryce showed his danger from the third minute, putting prop Nathan Mason through a gap, and from the next game full-back Tui Lolohea crossed the line but was unable to put the ball on the ground.

Huddersfield Giants: Tries – Innes Senior (2); Goals – Will Pryce (4).

Wakefield Trinity: Essays – Yusuf Aydin, Kelepi Tanginoa, Matty Ashurst; Goal – Mason Lino.

At the other end, Wakefield stalwart Eddie Battye lost control of the ball as he tried to cross the line and it was against the run of play that Huddersfield opened the scoring from a scrum near his own line, center Ricky Leutele offloading the tackle. to score a 70-yard try for winger Innes Senior.

Wakefield quickly equalized after outgoing prop Aydin was put through a gap by hooker Jordan Crowther to score his first try, which was converted by Mason Lino.

Pryce then put his side ahead with a penalty, but the visitors struck again five minutes before the break when second rower Kelepi Tanginoa showed rare pace after being put across by Lino.

Innes Senior celebrates a try for Huddersfield against Wakefield

Innes Senior celebrates a try for Huddersfield against Wakefield

It came with a corporate touch, with talented winger Lewis Murphy recovering possession from a goal-line drop, and exemplified Wakefield’s attacking intent.

They were also set for the game defensively, with Miller coming back to stop Giants winger Ashton Golding from scoring a try early in the second half.

Both teams experienced disruption with Leutele sent off seven minutes into the second half and Tanginoa limping off the pitch four minutes later.

Watson also opted to retire Lolohea and hooker Danny Levi, but they still managed to regain the lead on the hour thanks to another flying finish from Senior.

Matty Ashurst's try appeared to have put Wakefield on the road to victory

Matty Ashurst’s try appeared to have put Wakefield on the road to victory

This time the lead only lasted six minutes as Ashurst won Miller’s kick run to land. However, Lino was unable to add the goal and Pryce tied the score with a second penalty four minutes from time.

In a frantic finish, Pryce and Miller both had drop-goal attempts as Oliver Russell and Fifita were both off target with further kicks as the scores remained level after 80 minutes.

Price then maintained his composure when Wakefield was stopped for obstruction in the third minute of extra time taking his third penalty to claim the victory.

And after?

Huddersfield are at home in the second Eliminator play-off on Saturday September 10, with their opponents to be determined after the conclusion of the final round of the regular season.

Wakefield’s year is over, however, and attention will now turn to building a squad for the 2023 Super League campaign.

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