17th February 2017
Giants fell to defeat against Salford Red Devils.
Huddersfield Giants slipped to their first defeat of the 2017 campaign against Salford Red Devils at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Ian Watson’s side produced a strong performance to grind out the two points and Head Coach, Rick Stone admitted the visitors deserved the win:
“It was pretty disappointing, I think we just got beat by a hungrier team to be honest. We missed the jump, the first 20 minutes weren’t great and Salford were probably a bit better with their execution and a little bit better with their last play options and probably deserved the win to be fair.
“Sometimes when you’re chasing points there is a bit of panic rather than composure and I think there was a bit of that for us today. We had a few chances in the first-half and I thought we played a bit sideways and tried to play around them and they managed that quite well. We played a bit more direct in the second-half and we showed that we can score some points when we give ourselves a chance but full credit to the opposition they deserved their win today.”
Stone also highlighted where he feels the team need to improve for their next game against Wakefield Trinity on Friday 24th February:
“Anytime you lose you are disappointed. I thought our effort in the second-half was great, we tried hard and kept coming back and the opposition kept firing bullets too and the game went end-to-end and it was a decent contest and when we got within two points, you thought that we had some momentum to win the game but we probably mismanaged that next bit and didn’t quite stay as composed as we needed to and we paid for that. We need to better at that sort of stuff and how Salford finished off their last plays was a bit more polished than us and that was the difference.”
The Australian also praised Alex Mellor for his two tries on his home debut and hooker Kruise Leeming for his performance:
“Alex has showed that he is a Super League player. In the last two weeks he has been really good for us and his yardage carries were good, finished off a couple of tries and found a couple of neat passes when he needed to. I was really happy for Alex, he is a nice young man and he has come here to try and prove himself a little bit and so far he is doing okay.
“Kruise was good, he probably kept his game a bit simpler than he did last week, he sometimes tries to overplay a bit but today he decided that it was his time to run and one thing he can do is run and he has got some effectiveness there. He played direct, used his footwork and caused a bit of damage through the middle. He’s a good player on the way up and he will get more and more game time as we go along.”
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