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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 May 2007, 12:28 GMT 13:28 UK
Cardiff, 6 May, 2007



PRE-MATCH BUILD-UP (ALL TIMES BST)

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Results:
Bradford 38-42 Leeds
Warrington 50-18 Salford
Huddersfield 36-12 Wakefield

By Phil Harlow

80 mins: TRY Bradford 38-42 Leeds
An unforgettable - and controversial - end to the match as referee Steve Ganson awards an inexplicable penalty for offside against Matt Cook. The ball comes loose from Gareth Ellis but Ganson rules that the ball came off Iestyn Harris first.

Kevin Sinfield lines up a penalty to salvage a draw but his kick hits the post and rebounds for Jordan Tansey to score under the posts as the hooter is sounded. The Bradford players are furious, arguing that Tansey was in front of the kicker and therefore offside.

But the try stands and Kevin Sinfield kicks the conversion, his seventh of the night, to seal an incredible win.

79 mins: Yet another decision for the video referee - the eighth of the night - as Iestyn Harris's kick to the corner seems to have found Lesley Vainikolo who touches down, but James Evans is ruled to have knocked it on just before Vainikolo gets the ball.

78 mins: Gareth Ellis passes out of contact but Danny McGuire cannot quite take the ball.

77 mins: A huge decision by the video referee as Michael Platt has what would have been his hat-trick try controversially ruled out for a knock-on. Bradford's players are incredulous.

76 mins: A short pass by Danny McGuire hits Gareth Ellis, who wasn't expecting the ball, and a chance is lost for Leeds.

74 mins: Jordan Tansey slips on the last tackle deep in Bradford territory and the turnover to Bradford ends with Iestyn Harris pumping the ball out just over halfway.

72 mins: Another repeat set for Leeds as Kevin Sinfield's kick is hacked away by Michael Platt. Something has to give surely?

70 mins: Jamie Langley concedes a penalty on halfway and Leeds force a repeat set as Jordan Tansey's kick into the in-goal area is knocked out by a Bradford hand. Could this be the moment for Leeds?

67 mins: TRY Bradford 38-36 Leeds
A moment of genius by Brent Webb as he grounds a ball he has no right to get anywhere near just short of the deadball line for his hat-trick try.

The ball comes out of the tackle by Gareth Ellis and rolls along the ground where Webb kicks it on and leaps into the air to dot the ball down just in time. This is a breathtaking spectacle.

Oh, and Kevin Sinfield kicks the conversion.

62 mins: TRY Bradford 38-30 Leeds
Iestyn Harris may not have scored, but his intercept leads to the 11th try of the game as big prop Andy Lynch takes a short pass from Terry Newton to power over next to the posts.

Paul Deacon maintains his 100% kicking record with the conversion.

61 mins: Iestyn Harris intercepts a Kevin Sinfield pass and races 40m before being dragged down by Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Jamie Thackray.

59 mins: A great take by Leeds winger Lee Smith, under intense pressure from Nathan McAvoy, from a dangerous cross-kick rescues his side.

1917: "Referee Steve Ganson is giving Bradford everything. He and the other officials are poor."
Spicy Rhino via text

52 mins: TRY Bradford 32-30 Leeds
This is like a heavyweight contest, with the two teams going blow-for-blow on the big stage. Despite being a man down, Leeds cross through Rob Burrow after Jamie Jones-Buchanan's powerful run draws in the defenders.

Burrow spots a gap and stands up David Solomona before sweeping around by the posts to give Kevin Sinfield the chance to convert and the Leeds skipper obliges.

49 mins: TRY Bradford 32-24 Leeds
Bradford make their numerical advantage play quickly as a simple play ends with Ben Harris taking two Leeds tacklers over the tryline with him after picking a diagonal line off Iestyn Harris.

And Paul Deacon continues the top-class goalkicking on display from a tight angle.

1908: "It didn't take long for the RFL to start toasting the success of Millenium Magic. Less than an hour after the attendance figure for the two-day extravangza was revealed to be 58,831, the media have been handed an official press release from the top brass.

"There are lots of quotes from RFL chief Richard Lewis praising the venue, the city and the fans. He also reckons that 10,000 people from 'in and around Wales' attended the event.

"That's got to be good news as far as Super League's plans go for expanding into the Principality. 'Attracting 10,000 people from the local area underlines that there is a strong appetite here for elite rugby league,' says Lewis. Can't argue with that assessment."
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

45 mins: Potentially a key turning-point in the match as Brent Webb is sent for 10 minutes in the sin-bin. He is in referee Steve Ganson's ear after Jamie Thackray loses the ball and concedes a penalty.

About 10 seconds later, Webb has another word with Ganson, and the referee brandishes the yellow card.

42 mins: TRY Bradford 26-24 Leeds
A great pass out of contact by Clinton Toopi releases Scott Donald down the wing, and the winger keeps his head by slowing down and drawing Michael Platt to release Brent Webb for his second try of the match.

Kevin Sinfield kicks the conversion.

41 mins: The Bulls players are all wearing black armbands in rememberance of Mark Burgess, Sam's father, who died this week after a long battle with illness.

1900: Bradford kick off to start the last 40 minutes of the Millennium Magic weekend.

40 mins: The half-time hooter goes after a seven-try, 44-point first half. I need a lie down.

38 mins: TRY Bradford 26-18 Leeds
This is amazing stuff. Straight from the kick-off, Ian Henderson rips the ball off Jamie Thackray and eases to the tryline. The video referee - who will barely have had a chance to sip his tea or eat his custard cream after being required for almost every try - decides the ball was out before Sam Burgess arrived on the scene.

Thackray looks mortally offended by the decision, but Paul Deacon is not bothered as he kicks the conversion.

37 mins: TRY Bradford 20-18 Leeds
Leeds hit back in this thrilling contest. Kevin Senior muscles through James Evans' tackle from close range after Brent Webb manages to get the ball out of contact just short of the tryline.

Kevin Sinfield adds the extras.

35 mins: Danny McGuire's kick ahead forces a goal-line drop-out with Michael Platt tackled in his own in-goal area.

1838: "Credit to Salford coach Karl Harrison. The last thing he would have wanted to do after his side's defeat to Warrington was talk to the press, but he fronted up and did his best to stay upbeat.

"'Nobody likes being bottom of the ladder but somebody has to be and at the moment it's out turn,' he said. 'But I'm sure we won't be there at the end of the season.'

"It's going to be tough for the Reds. Injuries to Jordan Turner, Ian Sibbit and Michael Korkidas won't help matters either. Turner has a problem with his vision, Sibbit has an ankle injury while Korkidas has a bad back."
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

31 mins: TRY Bradford 20-12 Leeds
Lesley Vainikolo scores his 141st try in his 145th Bradford appearance with an excellent finish in the corner. "Big Les" takes a lovely pass out of contact from James Evans and dots the ball down just before going into touch.

Paul Deacon curls in a good conversion to extend the lead.

1829: "Sunday's attendance figure just in. It's 26,447, again more than the RFL had forecast.

"That's 58,831 over the two days. RFL supremo Richard Lewis will be popping a few champagne corks tonight."
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

24 mins: It's non-stop action in Cardiff as a kick ahead is picked up by Terry Newton. Lesley Vainikolo goes straight ahead from dummy-half but Keith Senior somehow prevents him from touching the ball down.

21 mins: TRY Bradford 14-12 Leeds
We could be in for some game here as Bradford hit back through Michael Platt's second try. It's schoolboy defence by Leeds though who turn their backs on Iestyn Harris.

The Bulls stand-off wrestles his arms free, and offloads to Terry Newton who sends Platt in next to the posts. Paul Deacon kicks the straightforward conversion.

18 mins: Lesley Vainikolo is held up just short of the line as he buldozes his way forward. The big winger knocks on and Leeds launch a counterattack which looks to have ended with a Danny McGuire try but Lee Smith is correctly ruled to have stepped on the tryline in the build-up.

13 mins: TRY Bradford 8-12 Leeds
Leeds have suddenly woken up and they go 70m to score a classy try through full-back Brent Webb.

Danny McGuire skips around the challenges of Terry Newton and Jamie Langley before straightening up, drawing the full-back and giving the ball to Webb to score under the posts and give Kevin Sinfield a simple kick.

10 mins: TRY Bradford 8-6 Leeds
A fabulous piece of skill by Scott Donald creates a try for Jamie Jones-Buchanan as Leeds get back into the game. Kevin Sinfield gives a bad pass from dummy half, but Donald scoops it off his bootlaces before throwing a one-handed reverse pass back inside to Jones-Buchanan to cross.

Kevin Sinfield regains his composure to kick his composure. Incidently, Jamie Jones-Buchanan's beard is worth a mention. A magnificent effort by the Leeds second rower.

7 mins: TRY Bradford 8-0 Leeds
A blistering start from the Bulls as full-back Michael Platt drifts through some shoddy Leeds defence to score.

Bradford, who add two more points through Paul Deacon's conversion, have dummy runners galore and Leeds don't know where to turn. The Rhinos will have to sort that out quickly.

The score is marked by a quick burst of "Ruby" by the Kaiser Chiefs, who are famously from Leeds - and proud of it.

4 mins: A nice break from Terry Newton puts David Solomona into space. he kicks ahead and it bounces into touch, but the referess ahs already awarded a penalty for Keith Senior taking out a Bulls support runner off the ball.

Bradford kick to touch to keep the pressure on Leeds.

2 mins: PEN Bradford 2-0 Leeds
A great kick by Paul Deacon - the first 40-20 of the weekend on this huge pitch - puts Leeds under pressure.

Danny McGuire strips Jamie Langley of the ball in a two-man tackle and Paul Deacon slots the simple kick.

1800: Leeds skipper Kevin Sinfield, who is expected to step into the hooking role despite being named at loose forward, kicks off and it's a shocking start for Bradford.

Iestyn Harris tries to trap the ball with his foot but shows all the touch of a Sinday league centre-half as it totally eludes him. Nathan McAvoy is behind him but he slips as the ball bounces towards him, and Leeds end up forcing a repeat set.

1755: The line-ups for the final match of the weekend are in:

Bradford: Platt, McAvoy, B. Harris, Evans, Vainikolo, I. Harris, Deacon, Vagana, Newton, Lynch, Cook, Solomona, Langley.
Replacements: Halley, Henderson, Kopczak, Burgess.

Leeds: Webb, Donald, Toopi, Senior, Smith, McGuire, Burrow, Thackray, Kirke, Leuluai, Jones-Buchanan, Ellis, Sinfield.
Replacements: Hall, Lauitiiti, Ablett, Tansey.

Referee: S Ganson (St Helens)

1750: The cameras are inside the changing rooms, and there's a touching scene with Leeds and Great Britain coach Tony Smith helping young winger Ryan Hall pull his shirt over his head after it gets caught up in his arms.

My mum used to do much the same with my school uniform jumper when I was five years old.

1743: "I've been told already that the Salford coach and players aren't hanging around for interviews after the game.

"It's straight on the bus and back to the hotel for them. Some talk of needing to get off quick so they can do some 'rehab'. Well, their battered egos and bodies are going to need plenty of massaging after this defeat."
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

1740: "This is what we Warrington fans have been waiting for in the last six weeks.

"We haven't looked back from the start and we've deserved an easy win. Our move up the table will follow suit, along with a big win against Barrow next week."
CliqueCockney via e-mail

80 mins: The final hooter goes and puts Salford out of their misery. They have a lot to do if they are going to maintain their Super League status.

76 mins: Salford are still showing good heart, with a last-ditch tackle by Kevin McGuinness stopping Richie Barnett from adding yet another try to Warrington's total.

74 mins: TRY Warrington 50-18 Salford
Will everyone stop scoring tries!? I can barely keep up with this. The old Lee Briers-Martin Gleeson combination works down the right side and a pass back inside finds hooker Jon Clarke in support to score.

Lee Briers notches the conversion to bring up the 50 points.

70 mins: TRY Warrington 44-18 Salford
Remarkable. Straight from a short kick-off, Salford's Luke Adamson takes the ball and races straight down the touchline. He puts his head down, and is chopped down by Stuart Reardon. Somehow though, Adamson manages to avoiding putting his feet down over the touchline.

He plays the ball and the ball is swept to the left wing where Andrew Brocklehurst touches down, before John Wilshere kicks the conversion.

68 mins: TRY Warrington 44-12 Salford Fair play to Salford. They've shown some real character to bounce back and score through Kevin McGuinness. The centre shows great footwork to dance around Ben Westwood and Vinnie Anderson and go through Richie Barnett to score.

John Wilshere kicks the conversion.

66 mins: Credit to Salford - they have stopped the rot and are pressing for a try with a real show of pride.

1725: "Salford's defence should apply for 'charitable status'..."
Admiral Hanson in the Millennium Stadium, via text

1724: "More news from the Leeds camp. Hooker Matt Diskin is out with a groin injury and is replaced by Jordan Tansey. Ashley Gibson, who plays at centre, has a problem with his knee, so in comes Ryan Hall for his Rhinos debut."
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

1722: "The Warrington fans are taunting their Salford counterparts with chants of 'going down, going down'. On this evidence, it's hard to disagree."
BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson at the Millennium Stadium

59 mins: TRY Warrington 44-6 Salford
This is getting embarrassing. Straight from the kick-off, Richie Barnett takes the ball forward, passes out of contact to Vinnie Anderson and the Kiwi races 65m without a finger being laid on him.

I've played in teams that conceded points like this, and it's not much fun.

Ben Westwood kicks the simple conversion.

57 mins: TRY Warrington 38-6 Salford
Oh dear. It's certainly not a magical day at the Millennium Stadium for Salford now. Captain Luke Dorn throws a lofted pass out wide and gives Richie Barnett an easy stroll to the line for an intercept try.

Ben Westwood misses the conversion.

55 mins: TRY Warrington 34-6 Salford
This could get very ugly for Salford. Martin Gleeson scores his second try in three minutes and it's from a simple short pass - again from Lee Briers - which wrongfoots the reds defenders.

Lee Briers hands the kicking duties onto Ben Westwood and he makes no mistake from in front of the sticks.

52 mins: TRY Warrington 28-6 Salford
Another try from Warrington and it's fairly simple. The ball goes through the hands of Paul Rauhihi before Lee Briers' cut-out pass gives Martin Gleeson a one-on-one with Luke Robinson and there's only ever going to be one winner there.

Lee Briers misses the conversion, and Salford should be grateful for small mercies at the moment.

1708: "Some team news Leeds fans will be interested in before their game with Bradford. Matt Diskin and Ashley Gibson have both been ruled out because of injury."
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

48 mins: Luke Robinson is furious with himself. He makes a classic outside break and has men on the inside and outside, but his long pass to John Wilshere on the left wing goes well forward. Salford really could have used a score there.

46 mins: Warrington should have gone further into the distance as a Brent Grose break cuts Salford to shreds, but the final play goes awry.

43 mins: TRY Warrington 24-6 Salford
Warrington's Stuart Reardon crashed over the line to extend his side's lead. It's a brilliant run to the line as he weaves around a succession of would-be tacklers to score.

There is some doubt about whether he scored with a double movement, but the video referee gives him the benefit of the doubt and Lee Briers scores the conversion.

1658: Warrington's Lee Briers kicks off to get the second half started and it's a corker as three Salford players converge on the ball but fail to stop it going over the deadball line, forcing the reds to drop-out under their posts.

Not the start Salford were hoping for.

1655: "There are six Leeds and Bradford fans doing their own 'unique' form of dancing in the middle tier to 'Crash' by The Primitives."
BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson at the Millennium Stadium

1652: "If ever there was one crunch game this weekend when the result mattered more then any other, it's this one: Salford against Warrington.

"The respective coaches - Karl Harrison and Paul Cullen - were being tipped for the Great Britain job not so long ago. Now they're battling to keep hold of the ones they've got."
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

1650: "It was a great thrill to play here. I missed out on the 2004 Challenge Cup final with Wigan so it was even more special for me to play here. It's a brilliant stadium, and it's a huge pitch.

"After the last few weeks, we've got a lot more confidence and picked up that winning habit.

"We wanted to keep Wakefield to under 20 points. With our attacking players, we knew that if we did that we wouldn't be far off."
Huddersfield tryscorer Martin Aspinwall talks to BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson at the Millennium Stadium

40 mins: The half-time hooter sounds in Cardiff. There is the slightest of altercations between a few forwards, but it's over in seconds. It's not even handbags - more like purses.

36 mins: TRY Warrington 18-6 Salford
It's the Lee Briers show so far at the Millennium Stadium. The half-back throws a dummy and then explodes into the gap before throwing the scoring pass to winger Henry Fa'afili to round David Hodgson and score out wide.

But Briers misses with another conversion attempt.

32 mins: It's harum-scarum stuff just now. Lee Briers robs David Berthezene of the ball in the tackle, but the Wolves cough up possession two plays later.

Salford win a penalty for interference, but then Kevin McGuinness knocks on after just two tackles.

28 mins: TRY Warrington 14-6 Salford
Salford break out of defence and go on to score arguably the best try of the weekend so far. Luke Robinson's inside pass sees David Hodgson break the line in his own half. He draws Stuart Reardon before passing to the supporting Simon Finnigan.

The replacement doesn't quite have the pace to get there, but Luke Dorn cuts a great angle off him to scorch in under the posts, giving John Wilshere an easy conversion.

26 mins: Andrew Brocklehurst puts in a massive hit on Stuart Reardon. My ribs hurt just looking at it.

22 mins: TRY Warrington 14-0 Salford
Another try from Warrington, this time coming through stand-in stand-off Vinnie Anderson. The big Kiwi shows great footwork to make a monkey of a couple of Salford tacklers, and then uses his size to stretch over the tryline.

Jamie Rooney misses the conversion.

20 mins: Salford go close through John Wilshere out wide, but an outstanding tackle from Martin Gleeson knocks the ball out of his grasp in the corner.

17 mins: A break from Lee Briers carves open the Salford defence and he links up with Paul Johnson who is dragged down approximately 4mm short of the tryline. A try seems certain but the Wolves make a mess of the next play.

14 mins: TRY Warrington 10-0 Salford
That's a horrible blow for bottom-of-the-table Salford as Lee Briers plucks Simon Finningan's pass out of the air and races in from 25m for an intercept try.

But the stand-off cannot add the conversion.

10 mins: TRY Warrington 6-0 Salford
Warrington second row Paul Johnson opens the scoring, but there is a major doubt about the legality of the try.

Mike Wainwright seems to have lost the ball in the tackle, but the referee misses it and from the next play Lee Briers' kick bounces up high, hits the crossbar and falls into Johnson's arms.

Lee Briers kicks the easy conversion.

9 mins: Salford fling the ball wide and work an overlap, but the final pass for Gray Viane is ruled forward.

6 mins: Stuart Reardon is lucky to get the referee's decision as he dilly-dallies with a kick behind him. John Wilshere hits him hard, but is penalised for an apparent second attempt at dragging Reardon behind the tryline.

5 mins: The slippery pitch costs Salford skipper Luke Dorn a chance, as his feet go from underneath him as he attempts a side step near the tryline.

1604: "Huddersfield coach Jon Sharp is refusing to get carried away despite seeing his side shoot up to fifth in the Super League table with their sixth straight league win.

"Remember, this is a team that lost it's first seven games of the season. 'We are in decent nick' was his calm assessment after the game.

"He only became animated when asked what he thought of the whole Millennium Magic weekend. 'Absolutely blown away,' he said, adding that he hoped it would become a permanent fixture on the Super League calendar."
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

1 min: A great start from Warrington as a kick into the in-goal area is followed by a good tackle by Ben Westwood on John Wilshere to force a repeat set.

1600: Salford's David Hodgson kicks off to get the second game started. Adrian Morley is straight into the action with two big carries early on.

1550: The starting line-ups for the second match are as follows:

Salford: Hodgson, Viane, McGuinness, Turner, Wilshere, Dorn, Robinson, Edmondson, Berthezene, Korkidas, Littler, Sibbit, Finnigan.
Replacements: Haggerty, Adamson, Jewitt, Brocklehurst.

Warrington: Reardon, Fa'afili, M. Gleeson, Grose, Barnett, Briers, Anderson, Rauhihi, Clarke, Morley, Johnson, Wainwright, Westwood.
Replacements: Leikvoll, M. Gleeson, Parker, Harrison.

Referee: Ben Thaler (Wakefield)

1545: "Judging by the remarks in the media room today, some journalists are preparing to eat some humble pie.

"There were quite a few dissenters in the press when the Millennium Magic concept was first revealed, but it seems a lot of them have been won over.

"I wonder if the change of heart had anything to do with last night's party at a local tapas bar, staged by Super League sponsors engage?

"I spotted quite a few writers and broadcasters making the most of the free bar..."
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

Stephen Wild

1540: "Warrington fans are in the stadium and they are warming up complete with drums and a very large Warrington Wolves Barmy Army flag."
BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson at the Millennium Stadium

1539: "The sun's cracking the flags here in Lens, but I can't seem to drag myself away from my computer where I'm keeping up with the Millennium Magic action. Thanks for the coverage, and come on the Wire!"
Mark Brown in France, via e-mail

80 mins: TRY Huddersfield 36-12 Wakefield
Jamie Rooney scores an intercept try shortly before the final hooter, but it's a mere consolation. He mucks about a bit after crossing the tryline appearing to touch the ball down before picking himself up and dotting it down slightly nearer the posts.

A few Huddersfield players take the opportunity to point out the scoreboard to Rooney. The stand-off kicks the conversion to bring the game to a close. It's Huddersfield's sixth straight victory, while the Wildcats have gone six without a win.

78 mins: Wakefield are going through the motions in the closing minutes, but their attacks are a little half-hearted.

74 mins: TRY Huddersfield 36-6 Wakefield
This is becoming a little bit too easy for Huddersfield, with some questionable commitment from some Wildcats players.

A simple pass from Kevin Brown releases Martin Aspinwall on the wing for one of the simplest tries he will ever score. Chris Thorman misses with the conversion.

70 mins: PEN Huddersfield 32-6 Wakefield
With his team a man down, Chris Thorman decides to take a kick at goal when Wakefield stray offside and he makes no mistake.

1520: "I'm keeping in touch with the games from Okinawa in Japan while trying to find commentary on local radio online. Sounds like a great weekend (despite my team Wigan losing to St Helens yesterday) and it is so good to see the weekend becoming a success.

"Hopefully it will stay on the Super League calendar and be implemented better into the fixture list next year. And great work by the BBC on posting live updates on the weekend's events - keep it up!"
Dave in Okinawa, via e-mail

67 mins: Huddersfield are down to 12 men with tryscorer Jamahl Lolesi in the sin-bin for holding down in the tackle.

60 mins: Huddersfield have a huge overlap, with Martin Aspinwall waiting for the scoring pass but prop Keith Mason makes a meal of it and the chance goes begging. Luckily for him his side are 24 points up.

1509: "The Giants are threatening to run riot. I can see the Wakefield replacements slumped in their seats looking thoroughly dejected."
BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson at the Millennium Stadium

50 mins: TRY Huddersfield 30-6 Wakefield
Things are going from bad to worse for Wakefield as Jamahl Lolesi runs in the Giants' fifth try with half an hour still left on the clock. Chris Thorman misses with the conversion though.

44 mins: TRY Huddersfield 26-6 Wakefield
Robbie Paul marks his return to action with a try - but it's all thanks to pocket rocket Brad Drew.

The hooker cuts open the Wakefield defence before giving Paul an easy run to the line. Chris Thorman duly kicks he conversion to put the Giants even further ahead.

1455: The second half gets under way in Cardiff.

1454: "Wish I was there today, but I had a friend's wedding to get ready for... that said, I'm not looking forward to the game later as I can't see Salford getting a result off the back of how we've played this season!

"Let's hope that being a good Salford lad, Morley gets himself red carded early doors and Wire then tire!"
Mike P in Manchester, via e-mail

40 mins: The half-time hooter goes in Cardiff with the Giants enjoying a handsome lead.

39 mins: TRY Huddersfield 20-6 Wakefield
A crucial try for the Wildcats as Paul White dances his way to the line in the left corner to give his side a ray of hope going into the interval.

Jamie Rooney can't kick the extras, but the Wakefield fans will be a bit happier now as they head off for some half-time refreshment

Warrington's Paul Rauhihi

37 mins: TRY Huddersfield 20-2 Wakefield
This could be a long afternoon for Wakefield if they don't get their defence sorted soon. Huddersfield go over again, with Stephen Wild claiming his second try of the game.

Chris Thorman slots the conversion to maintain his 100% record.

1435: "Still one or two players slipping over on the Millennium Stadium pitch. It was a regular occurrence yesterday.

"I spoke to Jon Wilkin after St Helens had beaten Wigan and he said his side had been warned that the surface would be greasy. All the Saints players had worn long studs as a result and had had no trouble keeping their feet. But it's clear not every club has heeded the advice."
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

32 mins: TRY Huddersfield 14-2 Wakefield
Huddersfield captain Chris Thorman is enjoying himself so far in Cardiff, and he adds to his scoring tally with a sharp try.

The full-back darts through to score under the posts and has no problem in adding the conversion.

29 mins: A searing break from Ben Jefferies leaves the Giants defence trailing in his wake. He is eventually tackled and Wakefield fail to make further inroads.

27 mins: PEN Huddersfield 8-2 Wakefield
Wakefield finally get off the mark as stand-off Jamie Rooney slots a simple kick from close to the posts.

21 mins: TRY Huddersfield 8-0 Wakefield
The first try of the match goes Huddersfield's way, with the break coming through the blistering pace of centre Jamahl Lolesi on the right.

He passes to loose forward Stephen Wild who eventually scrambles over the tryline. The Giants have to settle for just the four points as Chris Thorman's conversion ends up just wide of the posts.

17 mins: PEN Huddersfield 4-0 Wakefield
Wakefield are caught offside to provide another easy penalty chance for Chris Thorman from in front of the posts. He doesn't miss and the Giants go further ahead.

9 mins: Wakefield have finally put some pressure on the Huddersfield defence, but they can't get over the line. Ben Jefferies is hit hard - but legitimately - as he puts up a high kick, but the Giants come away with the ball.

6 mins: Wakefield are making plenty of early errors. They just don't seem to have woken up yet. Has the early kick-off time caught them out?

1405: "The Giants fans are in good voice early on and there's some big hits early on from their team, too. Wakefeld have their work cut out.

"It's a bit chilly in the stadium at the moment. That'll soon change though - it gets very humid with the roof on."
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

3 mins: PEN Huddersfield 2-0 Wakefield
Huddersfield dominate the early stages and take a deserved lead through captain Chris Thorman's simple penalty from right in front of the posts.

1400: The opening game of the second day in Cardiff gets under way, with the Giants seeking a sixth consecutive win.

1355: The roof is on at the Millennium Stadium again, and there's another decent crowd inside creating a lively atmosphere.

1345: "A fair few bleary-eyed fans around Cardiff today after last night's festivities but they're all looking forward to another super day of action at the Millennium Stadium.

"Some team news in for the first game of the day: Robbie Paul is back in the Huddersfield squad after recovering from a broken hand.

"He takes his place on the bench as the Giants look to maintain their rapid rise up the table with a win over Wakefield."
BBC Sport's Phil Gordos at the Millennium Stadium

1340: The teams line up as follows:

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

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

Referee: I Smith (Leeds)

1330: Half an hour to go for the West Yorkshire derby between Huddersfield and Wakefield on the second day of the Super League extravaganza in Cardiff.

If you're out and about or following the game around the world, give us a shout.

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