Huddersfield Giants held off a second half comeback from Warrington Wolves to record a 26-20 win at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Huddersfield hit the front after just three minutes. Ricky Leutele managed to break away down the left-hand side before passing to Darnell McIntosh. It looked like he had been stopped short, but got an offload away to Lee Gaskell for the try. Aidan Sezer scored the conversion to open up a six-point lead.
The Giants doubled that advantage soon after. They forced a repeat set close to the line, and Gaskell threw a dummy and got clear to score his second try. Sezer converted once more.
It got even better for Huddersfield with six minutes left until the break. A quick break upfield on the last tackle was finished out wide by Jermaine McGillvary. Sezer kicked the conversion to open up an 18-point advantage.
Sezer kicked two more points right on half-time after a high shot on him by Joe Philbin.
Warrington responded just three minutes into the second half. After getting a penalty close to the posts, Wire spread the ball to Greg Inglis, who is able to spin over. Gareth Widdop scored the conversion.
They pulled another back on the 50-minute mark. Daryl Clark took the tap after a penalty, went himself and scored out wide. Widdop scored the conversion to bring Wire back within eight points.
Widdop kicked a penalty five minutes later following a high shot on Blake Austin to make it just a one-try game.
Four minutes later, Warrington grabbed their third try of the night. A flowing move out to the right-hand side saw Josh Thewlis finish in the corner. WIddop missed the conversion, meaning they still trailed by two points.
Huddersfield were able to stop that momentum, and edge further in front with 13 minutes to go. Kenny Edwards took in a pass and was able to use his strength to carry the ball over the line. Sezer missed the conversion, meaning it was still a one-try game.
Warrington thought they had got back into it with six minutes left. But Toby King was adjudged to passed it forward.
Sezer then seemed to have killed the game by kicking another penalty with two minutes to go to edge the Giants eight points ahead.
Widdop kept Wire in it with two more of his own a minute later.
Both sides are back in action at the weekend. Warrington are at home to Castleford Tigers, while Huddersfield travel to Leigh Cennturions in Sunday.
Warrington Wolves: Stefan Ratchford, Josh Thewlis, Greg Inglis, Jake Mamo Josh Charnley, Blake Austin, Gareth Widdop, Chris Hill, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Toby King, Jason Clark.
Subs: Joe Philbin, Robbie Mulhern, Matty Davis, Sitaleki Akauola.
Head Coach: Steve Price.
Huddersfield Giants: Lee Gaskell, Jermaine McGillvary, Jake Wardle, Ricky Leutele, Darnell McIntosh, Aiden Sezer, Jack Cogger, Michael Lawrence, James Cunningham, Joe Greenwood, Kenny Edwards, Josh Jones, Luke Yates.
Subs: Adam O’Brien, Owen Trout, Matty English, Chris McQueen.
Head Coach: Ian Watson.