WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats put in a determined performance to push Huddersfield Giants all the way on Sunday but fell to a four-try haul in the final 20 minutes at the Galpharm Stadium.
Wildcats trailed just 6-4 at half-time and were still within two points of their hosts at 12-10 down ahead of the hour mark before the Giants ran in four quick tries to seal their victory and move into second in Super League.
Luke Robinson crossed the whitewash as early as the ninth minute for Huddersfield, but Wakefield’s strong defence limited them to just the one try in the first half.
The try wasn’t converted and John Kear’s troops hit back with a Chris Dean try, his third of the campaign, to get Wakefield on level terms.
Former Wildcat Danny Brough was to play a key role in Huddersfield’s victory, and it was his penalty just before the interval that edged Nathan Brown’s men ahead.
Graeme Horne gave the hosts a superb start to the second half when he crossed the line two minutes after the restart, Brough converting.
But Wakefield’s never-say-die attitude brought them back into the game when Ben Jeffries saw a try converted by Josh Veivers.
Giants upped their gear in the final quarter and Michael Lawrence (2), Horne and Shaun Lunt all crossed the line to seal Huddersfield’s win.
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