HUDDERSFIELD Giants have suffered Junior Academy Grand Final heartache against the same opposition for a second successive season.

Once again Warrington Wolves proved too strong on the big occasion to secure a thoroughly deserved 26-12 triumph at the Halliwell-Jones Stadium.

Last season the Wolves won 32-20 at Wilderspool and last night made it two Grand Final victories on the trot in front of a 1,000-plus crowd.

It was a disappointing end for the Giants, who held a slender 8-4 lead at the break.

But in the second half coach Chris Plume's side found it difficult to contain a strong and powerful Warrington side, who took the honours five tries to two.

There was no doubt the physical nature of Saturday's tough and hard-earned 14-12 semi-final success at Salford took its toll on the Giants in the second 40 minutes. The Wolves, in contrast, had the weekend off.

Yet Huddersfield still put up some notable resistance, with Warrington having to rely on kicks on four occasions to create the position to score tries. That in itself is a sign of how hard the visitors worked in defence.

But it was clear from early in the game that the Giants would have their work cut out to keep their hosts at bay.

Within five minutes they had twice been forced to drop-out from under their own posts and Chris Riley was forced into touch in the act of trying to score.

Yet as the half progressed, the Huddersfield pack warmed to the task, with Jason Southwell, Glen Holdsworth and Chris Clarke all starting to make ground.

Second-rower Simon George was also running hard, and that was rewarded when he crashed over after good work from Thomas Hemingway and Andy Tillotson to give the Giants the lead with a try, converted by Hemingway, in the 15th minute.

Hemingway followed up with a penalty, but Warrington were always a threat and there was a fear they would add to their solitary first-half try to Phil Berry.

Unfortunately, that proved the case, with Craig Cornelia (twice), Andy Moulsdale and Craig Ashall all crossing for tries, with Ashall adding three goals.

But even though the Giants spent much of the time on the back foot, they were still rewarded for their dogged determination with a length-of-the-field try from centre Peter Robinson, which was fully deserved.

In the end, the Giants were well beaten, but the season still has to go down as a success.

Warrington Wolves: Langley; Yii, Berry, Jerram, Riley; Hull, Moulsdale; Bryers, Johnson, Pickersgill, Neal, Harrison, Ashall. Subs (all used): Cornelia, Saxon, Murfin, Beckett.

Huddersfield Giants: Hull; George (L), Robinson, Knight, Sutherland; Hemingway, Simpson; Southwell, Garside, Holdsworth, George (S), Clarke, Tillotson. Subs (all used): Watson, Cudjoe, Clare, Wilkinson.

Referee: Paul Carr (Castleford).