Huddersfield Giants got off to a flying start as they defeated defending champions, Wigan Warriors, 24-8 on the opening day of the 2014 Super League season.
The Giants, winners of the League Leaders’ Shield last term, started strongly and were ahead after just six minutes as England second-rower Brett Ferres followed Aaron Murphy’s incisive grubber kick to cross for the first try of the 2014 campaign.
Jermaine McGillvary extended the Giants’ lead with two impressive scores on the right touchline with Shaun Lunt and Leroy Cudjoe providing the final touches.
McGillvary grabbed his first try on sixteen minutes, latching onto Shaun Lunt’s precise grubber kick to double Huddersfield’s lead.
Huddersfield’s continued pressure on the Wigan line told once again on twenty-nine minutes when a long pass from Leroy Cudjoe gave McGillvary the space to go over for his second score.
Despite the away side’s dominance, skipper Brough failed with all three conversion attempts meaning the Giants only held a twelve point led going into the break.
A matter of minutes into the second half, Wigan’s Iain Thornley produced a fine finish to get the Warriors on the scoreboard.
Wigan had a new sense of belief as they continued to put pressure on the Huddersfield defence and soon capitalised with new signing Matty Bowen, charged with the unenviable task of replacing Sam Tomkins in the Wigan line-up, providing the final pass for teenage winger Joe Burgess to score in the other corner.
Matty Smith was wide of the mark with both conversion attempts which left Huddersfield leading by four points.
McGillvary squeezed over in the corner to complete his hat-trick on 53 minutes and Brough landed the touchline conversion to make it 18-8. Then, Ireland international full back Scott Grix put the result beyond doubt when he finished off a fine break from Brough in the 71st minute to score his side’s fifth try and make the final score 24-8 to the Giants.