Wigan Warriors claimed their first League Leaders Shield since 2012 after a hard-fought 19-6 victory over Huddersfield Giants at Headingley.
Wigan took the lead after five minutes. Sam Powell attacked the line and made his way under the posts. After deliberation, the video referee gave a try for Powell and the Warriors. Zak Hardaker converted for a six-point advantage.
Huddersfield got back into it just before half-time. Aidan Sezer popped a kick up and Bevan French was unable to take the ball under pressure from Owen Trout. The ball then dropped to Sam Wood, who went over under the posts. Sezer converted to level the game.
The Warriors got the all-important next try just after the hour, as Jackson Hastings got over from dummy half from short range. Hardaker added the conversion to give Wigan their six-point lead.
Five minutes later, Wigan got another try to claim their biggest lead of the night. Hastings’ kick towards the in-goal was grounded by the rushing Hardaker for Wigan’s third try. Hardaker then converted to give them a 12-point lead.
Wigan’s win was confirmed when Hastings landed a drop-goal with the clock winding down.
Wigan will now have a week off before starting their playoff adventure at home to the lowest ranked winner from the first round of the playoffs.
As for Huddersfield, they finish seventh and will be on standby in case any teams have to drop out for COVID related reasons. They will hope they havent played for the last time this season.