Live Commentary: Warrington Wolves 30-22 Huddersfield Giants - as it happened

Sports Mole provides live text coverage of the first qualifying semi-final in Super League XVIII, as Warrington Wolves host Huddersfield Giants at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Warrington Wolves hosted Huddersfield Giants at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in the first qualifying semi-final in Super League XVIII on Thursday evening.

Both sides went into the match believing that they deserved a place in the Grand Final at Old Trafford.

Huddersfield had lifted the League Leader's Shield earlier in the month, after taking 42 points from 27 games. However, Wolves, who finished just one point below the Giants, had racked up a superior points difference.

Wolves had already beaten Huddersfield on three occasions in the 2013 campaign, which is why the Cheshire outfit opted to use their Club Call privileges to select Paul Anderson's men as their opponents.

Could Huddersfield reach their first Grand Final or would Warrington make it to Manchester for a second consecutive year? Find out by revisiting the action with Sports Mole's text updates below.

7.39pmWARRINGTON STARTING XIII: Ratchford, C Riley, C Bridge, Atkins, J Monaghan, Briers, Myler, Wood, Higham, Hill, Grix, Westwood, Harrison

7.40pmWARRINGTON SUBS: Morley, M Monaghan, Carvell, Cooper

7.41pmHUDDERSFIELD STARTING XIII: Connor, McGilvary, Cudjoe, Wardle, Murphy, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Chan, Lawrence

7.42pmHUDDERSFIELD SUBS: Patrick, Ta’ai, Ferguson, Wood

7.48pmHello and thanks for joining Sports Mole for tonight's big match. There is a real buzz around Warrington this evening.

7.51pmWolves made history on Sunday when they became the first team to chose the winners of the League Leader's Sheild in Club Call. That was seen as a brave move by many, but it has certainly set up an exciting game.

7.53pmHowever, don't talk to Wolves coach Tony Smith about Club Call. He thinks that the modern play-off system is "a ridiculous gimmick"

7.57pmIt should be an emotional night for Garreth Carvell, Adrian Morley and Mike Cooper, who all make their final home appearances for Wolves, having agreed moves to Bradford, Salford and St George Illawarra Dragons respectively. However, Brett Hodgson, whose release was confirmed earlier today, misses out on a farewell appearance is front of the Halliwell Jones faithful.

7.58pmThe players are in position and kick off is just moments away...

1 minGAME ON! Stefan Ratchford gets the match underway with a decent kick.

2 minWolves make some significant ground with their first set of six and then win a PENALTY 20 metres out. The could easily take the two points, but, no, they fancy a try...

3 minTRY! (J MONAGHAN) - Warrington 4-0 Huddersfield

3 minWolves are rewarded for their early positivity as Joel Monaghan crosses over in the corner following a quick passing move.

4 minSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION! Ratchford adds the extras with a really good kick from the touchline. 6-0 Wolves.

7 minTRY! (BROUGH) - Warrington 6-4 Huddersfield

7 minWhat a start! Danny Brough, who moments earlier had threatened with a lung-bursting run following a clever interception, gets Huddersfield on the scoreboard with a scrappy try between the sticks.

8 minSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION! Brough levels the game with an easy goal. 6-6.

11 minWarrington almost restore their lead as Paul Wood is held up just inches short of the line. Lee Briers then attempts a grubber kick, which is too strong.

17 minBack-to-back penalties put Wolves in the ascendancy before a brilliant kick from Brough earns excellent field position to momentarily take the pressure off his side.

21 minSUB: Giants second row Ukuma Ta'ai replaces Craig Kopczak.

22 minAnother Brough kick yields a positive result for Huddersfield, as Chris Riley knocks on in his attempts to gather. The visitors now have a set of six deep inside opposition territory.

22 minTRY! (CONNOR) - Warrington 6-10 Huddersfield

23 minRiley's error is punished as Jake Connor sneaks the ball down in the corner and, following the video referee's blessing, Huddersfield are in front.

24 minMISSED CONVERSION! The narrow angle proves too difficult for Brough on this occasion.

25 minSUB: Larne Patrick replaces Eorl Crabtree.

26 minSUBS: Triple change for Wolves, as Morley, Carvell and Mick Monaghan come on in place of Wood, Chris Hill and Mick Higham.

28 minSUB: Michael Cooper takes to the field while Ben Harrison takes a breather.

29 minBriers kicks long and the ball goes out on the full, much to the delight of the Wolves fans.

31 minTRY! (J MONAGHAN) - Warrington 10-10 Huddersfield

31 minThe quick hands of Chris Bridge find Monaghan and the Aussie winger powers over for his second try of the night.

32 minSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION! Another cracking effort from Ratchford gives Wolves a 12-10 lead.

33 minSUB: Kyle Wood replaces Huddersfield's Shaun Hunt.

37 minBrett Ferres gives away a silly penalty and it almost costs his side dearly as Briers is held up just short of the line. The video referee is called upon - no try is his verdict. Warrington, who are in touching distance, have one tackle remaining.

38 minTRY! (GRIX) - Warrington 16-10 Huddersfield

38 minWarrington register their third try within seconds of Briers's disappointment. Simon Grix is the scorer.

39 minSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION! Ratchford is three from three and Warrington have an eight point lead. 18-10.

39 minSUB: Ferres, whose error led to Warrington's third try, has been replaced by Dale Ferguson.

8.42pmHALF TIME: Warrington 18-10 Huddersfield.

8.45pmInspired by a triple change in their forward line, Warrington have come from behind to lead by eight points at the break. One can't help but feel that Huddersfield must score first in the second half if they are to keep their Old Trafford dreams alive.


45 minTRY! (ATKINS) - Warrington 22-10 Huddersfield

45 minCould that be game over? The Giants backline does really well to prevent Joel Monaghan from getting his hattrick. However, they are undone moments later as Ryan Atkins touches down after rising well to collect a superb cross-field kick from Briers.

46 minSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION! Ratchford makes it 24-10.

51 minTRY! (MCGILLVAY) - Warrington 24-14 Huddersfield

51 minExcellent reaction from the Giants as Jermaine McGillvary scores in the corner.

52 minSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION! Brough adds the extras and, once again, the difference between the sides is eight points.

59 minWarrington are in complete control at the moment and Huddersfield are hanging on by the skin of their teeth as Brough prepares to take his third goal line drop-out in quick succession.

67 minA high kick is dropped by young Jake Connor. Wolves fail to take full advantage of the error, but they force another drop out. However, the pressure on Huddersfield's defence finally takes a break when Ferguson is unduly harassed by a swarm of Warrington bodies and the Giants are awarded a penalty.

71 minTRY! (FERGUSON) - Warrington 24-20 Huddersfield

71 minFantastic effort by the Scottish international, who dances his way through the Warrington defence before scoring the try that brings Huddersfield right back into this game.

72 minSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION! Brough's kick means that the Giants are potentially just one try away from victory. 24-22. Huge eight minutes ahead.

76 minTRY! (GRIX) - Warrington 28-22 Huddersfield

76 minHorrible defending allows Grix to score his second, as Briers's kick bounces nicely for Wolves while those in black leave the ball for each other to deal with. If this try is converted, I can't see the Giants getting back into this...

77 minSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION! Ratchford does the business again. His fifth goal of the night restores Warrington's eight-point advantage. The Wolves are going to Old Trafford!

9.49pmFULL TIME: Warrington 30-22 Huddersfield.

9.50pmThat's it! Warrington are going back to Manchester, where their bid to win their first Super League championship will be decided on October 5.

9.51pmThey will face either Leeds Rhinos or Wigan Warriors, who meet at the DW Stadium tomorrow night. Until next time, Goodnight!

Huddersfield Giant coach Paul Anderson before a game with Hull FC on July 1, 2012
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