Briers shrugs off collision to make decisive impact

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Warrington's rich run of form since Easter continued as their eighth win in their last nine games maintained their challenge for a top-four finish.

Warrington's rich run of form since Easter continued as their eighth win in their last nine games maintained their challenge for a top-four finish.

Showing patience and resilience, the Wolves took a firm hold with two tries in five minutes just after the hour mark once thecaptain Lee Briers had returned from a heavy head knock with his side trailing 12-10.

Briers' impact was immediate as he ushered Ben Westwood over before Chris Bridge grabbedanother.

But the Giants fought back when Michael De Vere's pass sent Paul Reilly streaking away. De Vere's conversion attempt was then controversially ruled wide by the touch judges.

Bridge sealed Warrington's win with a penalty after Briers was tackled late by Stuart Jones, leaving Marcus St Hilaire's last-second converted try no more than consolation for the Giants.

"It was always going to be a close game and we'd have taken this result beforehand," the Warrington coach, Paul Cullen, said. "I'd say it was our best win of the season so far. Briers took a bang on the eye but really toughed himself through it and it was a performance of great character."

The Huddersfield coach Jon Sharp refused to debate De Vere's disallowed goal attempt. "We should not be talking about a possibility of a 24-24 draw," he said. "We gave ourselves the opportunity to win. Warrington didn't win it, we lost it."

Jon Clarke and Henry Fa'afili's tries gave the visitors a 10-6 interval lead, Brad Drew replying. But the Giants took the lead through St Hilaire's first try and a De Vere penalty before Briers' return changed things.

Huddersfield: Reilly; St Hilaire, Clayton, De Vere, Donlan; Thorman, March; Crabtree, Drew, Gannon, Jones, Smith, Roarty. Substitutes used: Grayshon, Jackson, Hemingway, McDonald.

Warrington: Grose; Fa'afili, Martin Gleeson, Kohe-Love, Appo; Briers, Bridge; Leikvoll, Clarke, Hilton, Swann, Wainwright, Westwood. Substitutes used: Mark Gleeson, P Wood, Lima, Noone.

Referee: B Thaler (Normanton).

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