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KELLY REVIEWS ACADEMY WIN

04th April 2017

KELLY REVIEWS ACADEMY WIN

Giants Under 19s beat Widnes Vikings 26-24 at the weekend.

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Huddersfield Giants Under 19s got back to winning ways against Widnes Vikings at the weekend with a 26-24 victory.

An Izaac Farrell scored a penalty late on in the game to seal the two points and Giants Head of Youth, Andy Kelly was delighted to get the win:

“For the lads and the club itself the wins are important, obviously how the lads develop in defeat is also important but like any sporting body, we love to win. The boys came up with a really good outcome. Widnes have been going really well themselves and have had some notable victories so it was always going to be a challenge off the back of two defeats.

“Luke Robinson, and what he asked them to do was quite simple, it was about winning the field and winning the play of the ball area which logically brings about some success in the game. But I think the adherence of the players to that game plan in the second half was the thing that brought around a very narrow victory, it came by courtesy of a goal-kick from Izaac Farrell in the end, but there was lots of exchanges of tries and both sides really worked hard to try and win that game and we came out on top. Hopefully the players start to get an insight into what Luke is working towards and the adherence will come early in the game next time.”

Kelly was also full of praise for 19s Head Coach, Luke Robinson:

“I really think Luke Robinson has worked very hard in between those two defeats, he’s shown them a lot of things he needs to do, some things they do well and some things they don’t do so well and gave them some simple structures to work to. I think in the first half they went away from that and life a little bit harder than it should have been, but the second half they settled into a pattern and the pattern brought about some good field position and what was a tight second half turned out to be a two point victory for the boys so fair play to them. They bounced back off two disappointments with a good victory, a morale boosting victory.”

The Giants Head of Youth believes that the victory will stand the team in good stead going into Friday’s away game against St Helens:

“It’s going to be a great experience for the players. The game is going to be at the St Helens Totally Wicked Stadium and will be a great experience for the boys as they have got the opportunity to build on the victory and go forwards again. So it will be an interesting encounter, it was a narrow victory for Saints on a very wet and muddy Lockwood Park the last time we were out, but the boys created enough chances to win a game on that day so they’ll go into it with a lot of confidence.”

 

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