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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 May 2007, 18:03 GMT 19:03 UK
Cardiff, 6 May, 2007



Brad Drew was at the centre of the action for Huddersfield
Brad Drew was one of the game's most influential players

Huddersfield: (20) 36
Tries: Wild (2), Thorman, Paul, Lolsei, Aspinwall
Goals: Thorman (6)

Wakefield: (6) 12
Tries: White, Rooney
Goals: Rooney (2)

Brad Drew inspired Huddersfield to a comfortable win over Wakefield as they lifted themselves away from the lower reaches of the Super League table.

Ben Jeffries set up Stephen Wild for the opener before Chris Thorman and Wild again stretched that lead.

Paul White pulled one back before the break but after the restart Drew set up Robbie Paul and Jamahl Lolesi to score.

Martin Aspinwall scored after good work by Kevin Brown but Jamie Rooney bagged a late Wakefield consolation try.

Wild needed two attempts to get over the line and open the scoring as he stumbled after being set up by Lolesi and Jeffries, but he touched down to give the Giants an early lead.

606: DEBATE

Rooney notched a penalty before Thorman touched down under the posts and Wild claimed his second from the first of several telling kicks ahead by Drew.

White scored against his former side from Ryan Atkins' neat pass just before the break, but a missed conversion ensured the Giants had a 14-point advantage at half-time.

Drew was again the instigator after the break as he set up Paul to mark his return from injury with a score, and it was not long before the Australian set up another try, with a deft kick into the corner for Lolesi to touch down.

Paul and Ryan Hudson wasted chances to extend Huddersfield's lead before Aspinwall did the honours, touching down after Kevin Brown's short ball.

Rooney's dash from the halfway line to score after intercepting a pass ensured Wakefield ended on a positive note, but the afternoon belong to Huddersfield.


  • Huddersfield coach Jon Sharp:
  • "I thought they made us work for it. In the first 20 minutes they challenged us.

    "But we have a really strong bench who really shone. It was nice to get Robbie back on the field and Paul Jackson, who does not get many accolades, was magnificent today.

    "The energy of our players was really encouraging. But we have got to maintain it. That's the challenge. We can't get sloppy."

  • Wakefield coach John Kear:
  • "It came down to the basic processes of rugby league. We did them very poorly, Huddersfield did them very well and that was reflected on the scoreboard, which I think was very kind to us.

    "In times of adversity, which this is because our form is so poor and scratchy, we have got to stay united and strong and take collective responsibility.

    "You can rest assured, though, that Bradford will face some new faces next week.

    "The reserves played very well the other day and if we have to give some young kids a start we will."


    Huddersfield: Reilly, Aspinwall, Lolesi, Brown, Thorman, Paul, Crabtree, Drew, Skandalis, Nero, Raleigh, Wild, Jones, Jackson, Mason, Griffin, Hudson, Snitch.

    Wakefield: Demetriou, Atkins, Rooney, Jeffries, Watene, Obst, Catic, MacGillivray, Ferres, P. March, Bibey, Henderson, Elima, Blaymire, Fox, Golden, Moore, White.



    SEE ALSO
    Hull KR 16-28 Huddersfield
    27 Apr 07 |  Rugby League
    Wakefield 18-20 Hull
    28 Apr 07 |  Wakefield


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