20th March 2017
Giants draw 16-16 at Wigan Warriors at the weekend.
Huddersfield Giants earned a hard fought point against Wigan Warriors at the weekend and Head Coach Rick Stone was disappointed to leave the DW Stadium with a win.
The 16-16 draw saw the Giants put an end to Wigan’s four game winning streak but Stone admitted his team deserved more from the game:
“Wigan were obviously there for the taking today, they had a couple of injuries and they were down on their best, but by the time Kruise got sent to the sin bin there was about 13 minutes to go at that stage and we had to fight long and hard with 12 men and I thought we did a good job in working for each other."
Despite being disappointed with a point, Stone was pleased with the improvement in performance:
“We attacked a bit better than last week, Gaskell played in the halves today and I think we had a little bit more inventiveness and a bit more strike. We challenged Wigan more offensively, we were pretty tidy in the first half, got a little sloppy in the second half, we just needed a few lads to keep their heads a little bit and we need to manage that last bit a bit better.
“A point against the current Champions is obviously a good thing but with circumstances today with their particular team and the injuries they got at the start of the game there was a good opportunity to take the full two points and we have got to learn to manage that better and if we do and keep that resolve up then we are heading in the right direction.”
Stone also reserved special praise for young full-back Darnell McIntosh who scored his first Super League try against the Champions:
“I thought Darnell handled himself well, it was a high pressured match and he had a lot to do at the back, plenty of tough scenarios to manage and he managed most of them really well. He showed good composure and courage in those situations and he will be better for that and get some confidence out of that.
“It’s always a tough decision to put Lee in at the halves, he has obviously been playing full-back and he wasn’t great at full-back last week against Leigh and so we decided to give him a chance in the halves with Broughy this week. I thought he did okay it was his first chance and he could probably improve a little bit but I was really happy with Darnell, for a young full-back who is still yet to turn 20, he showed some good composure and a lot of courage.”
The Giants host Leeds Rhinos this Friday, kick-off 8pm at the John Smith's Stadium.
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· Juniors (under 16) - £5
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