McGillvary keeps Giants on top as 'forward pass' denies Wakefield Wakefield denied

Wakefield 16 Huddersfield 18

Belle Vue

Huddersfield stayed on top of Super League, with the only perfect record in the competition, but only after the most nerve-wracking of last-minute scares here yesterday.

There were less than 30 seconds left on the clock when Wakefield mounted one last attack and Tim Smith put his namesake, Lee, through a gap for what briefly appeared to be the winning try. But the referee, Richard Silverwood, ruled the pass forward, ensuring himself a rousing crescendo of "Cheat, cheat" as he left the pitch a few moments later.

Wakefield are unlikely to draw much comfort from Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson's declaration after the game that "the best team lost".

The Giants had been in a winning position thanks to three tries from winger Jermaine McGillvary. England are well-blessed with good wingers at the moment, but should a couple of them be ruled out, McGillvary's finishing yesterday suggested that he would not be out of place in a Test jersey.

When he went off after 55 minutes with a nasty eye injury, though, the Wildcats scored two tries down his wing to make a real, nail-biting contest of it.

Wakefield's relative stability at the moment was reflected in that contemporary rugby league rarity, a team numbered from 1 to 13. It was the Giants who showed the early cohesion, however, rewarded by two tries in the first eight minutes from the athletic McGillvary.

The first came when Danny Brough picked up a loose ball near his try-line. Four tackles later, Huddersfield were down at the other end and McGillvary was scoring in the corner from Luke Robinson's lofted pass.

The second came when the flanker was first to drop on Scott Grix's cross-field kick. "He's playing well so he should be in with a shout," said Anderson of his wingman's international prospects.

Surprisingly, Brough failed to convert either try. That allowed Wakefield to come right back into it when Ali Lauitiiti off-loaded to Richie Mathers and Peter Fox arrived in support to finish the move. A conversion and a penalty from Paul Sykes brought the Wildcats level, but Brough's boot edged the Giants ahead once more before half-time.

Huddersfield seemed to have taken the initiative with a marvellous passage of rugby soon after the break, started by David Faiumu's side-step and off-load and finished by another lobbed Robinson pass to the inevitable McGillvary. But in the winger's absence, Wakefield began to make mischief down his flank. Ben Cockayne kicked ahead for Lee Smith to touch down and then Tim Smith's pass skimmed Leroy Cudjoe's fingertips on its way to Cockayne. The latter Smith was adamant afterwards that his last-minute pass was equally valid. Sadly for him, the record books will show otherwise.

Wakefield: Tries Fox, L Smith, Cockayne; Goals Sykes 2.

Huddersfield: Tries McGillvary 3; Goals Brough 3.

Wakefield: Mathers; Fox, Collis, L Smith, Cockayne; Sykes, T.Smith; Poore, Aiton, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Kirmond, Washbrook.

Subs used: Wilkes, Wood, Amor, Annakin. Huddersfield: Grix; Murphy, Cudjoe, Wardle, McGillvary; Brough, Robinson; Crabtree, Lunt, Fielden, Ferres, Chan, Fairbank. Subs used: Faiumu, Patrick, Cording, Mullally.

Referee: R Silverwood (Mirfield)

Suggested Topics
News
A 1930 image of the Karl Albrecht Spiritousen and Lebensmittel shop, Essen. The shop was opened by Karl and Theo Albrecht’s mother; the brothers later founded Aldi
people
Arts and Entertainment
Standing the test of time: Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd in 'Back to the Future'
filmA cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Arts and Entertainment
Flora Spencer-Longhurst as Lavinia, William Houston as Titus Andronicus and Dyfan Dwyfor as Lucius
theatreThe Shakespeare play that proved too much for more than 100 people
News
exclusivePunk icon Viv Albertine on Sid Vicious, complacent white men, and why free love led to rape
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Stir crazy: Noel Fielding in 'Luxury Comedy 2: Tales from Painted Hawaii'
comedyAs ‘Luxury Comedy’ returns, Noel Fielding on why mainstream success scares him and what the future holds for 'The Boosh'
Life and Style
Flow chart: Karl Landsteiner discovered blood types in 1900, yet scientists have still not come up with an explanation for their existence
lifeAll of us have one. Yet even now, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Arts and Entertainment
'Weird Al' Yankovic, or Alfred Matthew, at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival Screening of
musicHis latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do our experts think he’s missed out?
Sport
New Real Madrid signing James Rodríguez with club president Florentino Perez
sportColombian World Cup star completes £63m move to Spain
Travel
Hotel Tour d’Auvergne in Paris launches pay-what-you-want
travelIt seems fraught with financial risk, but the policy has its benefits
Arts and Entertainment
booksThe best children's books for this summer
Life and Style
News to me: family events were recorded in the personal columns
techFamily events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped that
Caption competition
Caption competition
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy': A land of the outright bizarre

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn