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Huddersfield 28-18 Warrington

Huddersfield (10) 28
Tries: Carlile, Brough 2, Griffin, Lunt Goals: Brough 4
Warrington (6) 18
Tries: Monaghan, Westwood, Atkins Goals: B Hodgson 3

Danny Brough runs away to score against Warrington
Brough's double helped Huddersfield on the way to victory

By Ged Scott
BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

Huddersfield pulled off a slight Super League opening day upset in Cardiff as they proved too powerful for Tony Smith's injury-battered Warrington.

Scrum-half Danny Brough led the way with two tries and three goals.

Joel Monaghan scored on his debut for Wolves, who then lost five players to injuries, but tries from youngster Keal Carlile and Brough turned it round.

And three more tries followed after the break, through Darrell Griffin, Shaun Lunt and a solo effort from Brough.

Defeat proved even more costly for Smith against his old side after a devastating afternoon left him with only 11 fit men on the park at the end.

After first-half injuries for Simon Grix, Matt King and Mike Cooper, the Challenge Cup holders then lost Lee Briers with severe concussion, as well as fellow stand-off Chris Bridge.

But Brough was in no mood for sympathy as he orchestrated Huddersfield's impressive display with two spectacular tries, the first of them a 90-metre effort.

Warrington made a storming start to the new season when controversial winter signing Monaghan took just five minutes to open his try-scoring account.

Former Giants full-back Brett Hodgson landed the conversion - and everything in the garden looked rosy.

By half-time however, it had all turned round as the Giants roared back with two tries.

Young hooker Carlile, making his full debut, took just four minutes to reduce the arrears. And, although Brough missed the kick, he made amends by putting his side in front for the first time at 8-6 on the half hour.

Brough again missed the kick, before quickly making amends with a penalty to earn a 10-6 interval lead.

But Warrington, already knowing at the break that King, Grix and Cooper would not return, were hit by a hammer blow six minutes after the break when substitute Darrell Griffin just made it to the line for the Giants' try number three. And Brough landed the goal to stretch the Wolves clear at 16-6

Monaghan thought he had got his side back in the game midway through the second half when he went more than half the length of the field to go under the posts.

But, following an appeal by Giants skipper Kevin Brown, it was adjudged by video referee Thierry Alibert that Wolves centre Bridge had knocked on.

And, instead of Warrington getting within one score, the game went the other way when another of Giants' substitutes, Shaun Lunt, squeezed over.

Wolves did save some face when England forward Ben Westwood found a way through with 11 minutes left.

But Brough closed the door once more when, with one outrageous dummy and quick surge of pace, he tiptoed his way through Warrington's tired, sleeping defence to settle the contest.

Ryan Atkins had the final say when he ran in a third try for Wolves with three minutes left.

Huddersfield coach Nathan Brown said:
"I thought we were very scrappy from an attacking point of view but from a defensive point of view for 65 or 70 minutes we were really good.

"To beat Warrington in round one is always pleasing. I thought we were the better team but we're going to need to improve a lot.

"Danny Brough's got great anticipation and the try he scored to put the game out of reach was one that only players like him can score."

Warrington coach Tony Smith said:
"We'll wait until we get the seriousness of (Matt King's injury). Lee Briers is also going to hospital for X-rays on his neck but hopefully it's precautionary.

"Our opponents deserved to win. They played a bit better than us. We were far from our best. It was very frustrating. We need to improve and we will.

"I've got to say there were some courageous boys out there and to fight back at the back end of the game with no subs showed what we're about as a club."

Huddersfield: Grix, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Lawrence, Hodgson, Brown, Brough, Crabtree, Carlile, Mason, Gilmour, Fa'alogo, O'Donnell.
Replacements: Lunt, Horne, Faiumu, D. Griffin.

Warrington: Hodgson, J. Monaghan, Bridge, Atkins, King, Briers, Myler, Morley, M. Monaghan, Harrison, L. Anderson, Westwood, Grix.
Replacements: Solomona, Wood, Higham, Cooper.

Referee: Ben Thaler (Wakefield)

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