Huddersfield Giants secured the two points they needed to lift the League Leaders Shield with a dominant performance against the Wildcats.
Jason Chan (2), Jermaine McGillvary (2), Aaron Murphy and Brett Ferres crossed for the table toppers on a night where the Wildcats felt the full force of this year’s most consistent side.
Richard Agar handed Bobbie Goulding a first Super League start alongside Lee Smith in the halves following the departure of Tim Smith, with Peter Fox returning to the side ahead of Liam Kay. There was also a recall for Chris Annakin onto the replacements bench.
A swinging arm from Paul Aiton that sparked a mass exchanging of views between the two sets of players was the first real action early in the game as both sides showed ferocious physicality early on. Huddersfield drew first blood through Chan shortly after that incident, the ball coming loose close to the line and with four Wildcats committed to the tackle, Chan waltzed over from a couple of metres.
Ferres was the next man over with less than 15 minutes played, the second-row charging onto a well executed short ball from Luke Robinson to hit a gap and extend the hosts lead.
Wakefield’s attacking foray’s were sporadic at best and whilst both teams were guilty of errors, the areas of the pitch where either side gave up the ball meant that the Giants were well in control of the territory stakes.
Their dominance was rewarded when Chan again went over as he had too much strength for Reece Lyne to spin himself around in the tackle to fall over the line. Brough converted all three scores and the Giants were good value for their 18-0 half-time lead.
A Trinity fightback looked unlikely as the teams ran out for the second half and it looked even less so two minutes later when a soft error presented the Giants with the opportunity to attack 30 metres out and the ball went through the hands, out to the left hand side for Murphy to score.
McGillvary crossed for two further tries in a largely forgettable second half but it was a night that will remain long in the memory of Huddersfield fans as they lifted the League Leaders Shield.
This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.