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Monday, 16 April, 2001, 17:30 GMT 18:30 UK
Wakefield close out rallying Giants
Waisale Sovatabua
Sovatabua's last-gasp try sealed a Wakefield win
Huddersfield Giants 16-24 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

A last-minute try by Waisale Sovatabua condemned Huddersfield to a sixth successive Super League defeat.

The Fijian winger intercepted former Wildcat Steve McNamara's errant pass and scored under the post to kill off a Giants comeback.

Earlier, it had looked as if Wakefield would cruise to victory.

Fresh from a shock win over Bradford Bulls, they opened up a 16-0 advantage early.

Ben Kusto
Kusto's wonder-try was not enough
But battling Huddersfield dug deep, cutting their deficit to two midway through the second half, and even had chances to pick up their first win of the season in the dying minutes.

Wakefield were irrepressible at the start.

They took the lead after six minutes when influential scrum-half Martin Pearson broke deep into the Giants' half.

He spun the ball wide to Tommy Haughey, whose inside pass bounced off a Huddersfield player and into the arms of Ben Rauter.

Six minutes later, the Wildcats stretched away when McNamara's fumble gave them a scrum 20 metres out.

This time, Justin Brooker's initial break was finished off on the fourth tackle as loose forward Jamie Field piled over.


But we are a gutsy side and this team is not going to put up the white flag in games
  John Harbin, Wakefield coach
Pearson converted the goal.

Rauter got his second try on 16 minutes after good work by Martin Holland, Pearson again kicking the extra points.

Then McNamara, Chris Throman and Martin Gleeson combined to send Huddersfield's Brandon Costin in for a score, which seemed to change the balance of the game.

And when Wildcat skipper Willy Poaching limped off things looked to be unravelling for the visitors.

Graham Appo it was who finished off a move he started for the Giants' second try with McNamara adding the goal.

Pearson's penalty kept Wakefield in front, and despite man-of-the-match Ben Kusto's super solo try for Huddersfield, the away side just held on.

"This was a tough game for us," said Wildcats coach John Harbin afterwards.


I have stuck with the same players so far but it's getting to the stage where I need to have a look at changing things
  Tony Smith, Huddersfield coach
"But we are a gutsy side and this team is not going to put up the white flag in games.

"We are not going to get big-headed after winning. You've got to learn to remain humble."

His counterpart Tony Smith hinted that team changes may be in order to right Huddersfield's listing ship.

"We took the wrong decisions when the opportunities were there to score," he said.

"I have stuck with the same players so far but it's getting to the stage where I need to have a look at changing things."

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