12th September 2017


Rick Stone looks ahead to Friday’s away trip to St Helens

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Rick Stone spoke to the media ahead of the Giants trip to the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday 15th September, kick off 8pm.

Looking at the task-in-hand, Rick Stone knows that St Helens will come out firing on all cylinders with their top four hopes currently hanging in the balance:

“We’ve got a Saints team who are obviously pretty desperate about their own position in the table. Particularly going to their place, we’ve got our hands full and if we perform like we did last week it’s not going to be great. We need a change of attitude and a change in how we go about it, particularly how we start the game.”

“There’s a little bit to go in the next two weeks and mathematically there’s still a chance of them making the top four. There’s a lot of history and tradition around their club. They’ve always been a strong side since the inception of the Super League. I know all their lads and their Coach will be hungry to get a win this week and it might go down to the last week for them.”

“We’ll do a bit better than last week hopefully. It was really disappointing last week, considering what we’ve been doing in the past few months where we’ve averaged a lot less points against us. The opposition were good and we weren’t good enough. We want to improve on that. It’s disappointing when you’re working hard to gain some credibility and you let yourself down like we did last weekend.”

“I don’t want to be harping on about last week but it’s not acceptable. It’s not fair on our fans. I’m definitely looking for a response next week. It’s something that’s not acceptable and we want to make sure we can rectify it as quickly as possible. As far as we’re concerned we’ve got two games and we’re going to produce our best team in the next two weeks to try and play our best stuff. It doesn’t change too much, we’ve got a couple of big games ahead against Saints and Leeds. We just want to make sure we’re up for the contest each week.”

Stone also revealed the latest injury concerns for his side:

“I think we’ve got an obligation to our fans and whoever supports our club to put our best team out there. We want to win as many games as we can and finish as high as we can on the ladder. We’ve got a couple of injury concerns, but we’ll select our best seventeen and we’ll go from there.”

“Shannon Wakeman has got a knee injury. He didn’t play last week and he’s unlikely to play for the rest of the season. Sebastine Ikahihifo sustained an ankle injury in last week’s game which will keep him out of this week’s game. Leroy Cudjoe had an operation last week and won’t play again this week.”

The Head Coach reflected on the last three months as a club and wants to put last week’s performance behind them, with an improved performance this week:

“We’ve got some confidence and something to build on for next year. I think we’ve done a reasonable job, apart from last week. We want to show that we’re a lot better than what we were last week, that’s for sure.”


Heikki Kovalainen





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