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Wakefield collapsed in the second half as Huddersfield got back to winning ways in the engage Super League with a scrappy 42-20 victory.
The Giants ran in four tries after the break as they eventually wore the Wildcats down in a tense, low-quality encounter at the Atlantic Solutions Stadium.
Chris Thorman was the key figure for the Giants, scoring one of his side?s six tries and kicking nine goals from nine attempts.
Wakefield?s performance was littered with errors and their frustration boiled over as David Solomona was sent off for punching Chris Nero late on.
Yet the Wildcats had made the ideal start after winger Colum Halpenny claimed Ben Jeffries? high kick into the in-goal area and touched down for the game?s opening try after just three minutes.
Yet despite the lively start, the first half was a scrappy affair full of handling errors and both sides continually squandered good position.
Almost inevitably, the game?s next try came from a mistake as Wakefield blew a good chance when Jason Demetriou lost the ball deep in Huddersfield territory.
Giants centre James Evans scooped up the loose ball and then offloaded on halfway for Hefin O?Hare to race away for a superb breakaway try.
Huddersfield then stepped up the pressure and claimed a second try as Ben Roarty broke through a Jamie Rooney tackle to send Thorman under the posts.
Yet Wakefield quickly responded and were back on level terms soon after as Semi Tadulala leapt high above O?Hare to claim a Jeffries kick and touch down.
Rooney and Thorman, who had both converted each of their sides? tries, then traded penalties as the first half ended 14-14.
The Wildcats made the better start after the break and reclaimed the lead within two minutes of the restart as Jeffries created a try for full-back Mark Field on the left with a well-timed pass.
Rooney converted for his fourth goal of the evening but again Wakefield could not hold onto their advantage.
The Wildcats could do little about the excellent handling move that led to Paul March putting Jon Grayshon over but they only had themselves to blame for the two that followed.
Poor tackling allowed first Stanley Gene and then Eorl Crabtree to break through feeble challenges and send both Paul White and Roarty in for tries.
The Wildcats then had little answer as Gene crashed over from dummy half for a sixth Giants try.
Thorman converted them all and added another penalty to take his haul for the night to 22 points.
Wakefield (14) 20.
Tries: Halpenny, Tadulala, M. Field. Goals: Rooney 4.
Huddersfield (14) 42.
Tries: O'Hare, Thorman, Grayshon, White, Roarty, Gene. Goals: Thorman 9.
Wakefield: M. Field, Halpenny, Demetriou, King, Tadulala, Rooney, Jeffries, Griffin, March, Korkidas, Solomona, Snitch, O'Neill.
Replacements: J. Field, Obst, Wrench, Feather.
Huddersfield: Donlan, O'Hare, Evans, Gene, St Hilaire, Thorman, March, Gannon, Drew, Crabtree, Nero, Smith, Roarty.
Replacements: Slicker, Grayshon, White, Jackson.
Referee: Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury)
Thanks to: http://www.superleague.co.uk for another excellent article.