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MELLOR: “IT’S AN UNBELIEVABLE FEELING”

12th July 2018

MELLOR: “IT’S AN UNBELIEVABLE FEELING”

Alex Mellor looks back at the Giants’ 20-12 victory over Wigan Warriors

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Alex Mellor spoke to giantsrl.com, following the Giants’ exhilarating 20-12 victory over Wigan Warriors, in which he scored a crucial try:

“It’s an unbelievable feeling. I think we were confident heading into the game, as we’ve got to be, because every point is massive for us. We were a credit to ourselves, especially with the hunger and desire we showed in defence.

“Obviously, it’s a good feeling to score a try, but I think when you look at the bigger picture, it doesn’t matter that it’s me scoring. Just the fact that we’re scoring those four-pointers is the important part, because we’d take a win over anything else. It’s nice to score, but better to win.”

The Giants were forced to make a few changes due to injuries, but Mellor was quick to praise those who stepped up around him:

“We’ve lost two big middles in Seb (Ikahihifo) and Ukuma (Ta’ai), and obviously losing Seb for a while is a huge shame because he’s a great bloke and a great player. I think the middles that came in did a great job. They’re big shoes to fill, but most importantly they’ve done that tonight.

“Aaron [Murphy] has always been a winger since I’ve known him, so it’s a bit odd to see him at second row, but he’s an absolute warrior and could do a job anywhere on the field. He’s probably one of the toughest people I’ve ever played with, and he’ll always dig in and do anything for the team. He’s doing an excellent job in that position.”

“Darnell [McIntosh] is on fire, too, but it’s not too difficult for a winger – he just has to put the ball down in the corner! Seriously, though, he’s doing well and so is Jermaine (McGillvary). They do some hard yards, and a lot of work out of the spotlight. Players like myself are desperate for a rest, so it’s great when you those two coming and pushing you out of the way. For them to then score off the back of that is even better.”

Furthermore, the Giants held firm in defence for the second week in a row, and Mellor believes the work done by the coaching staff behind the scenes can’t be praised enough:

“The coaches have combined really well and brought in some good defensive structures, and that showed tonight when we went down to 12 men. The grit, technique and determination that won the game, just by holding on, is testament to their hard work.”

The second row also reflected on his own performance, as well as the importance of having Jake Mamo and Leroy Cudjoe back in the team:

“I just missed doing 80 minutes last week with a quad strain, so it was good to complete it properly tonight. If you’re asking me how it is I’ll say it’s fine, but if you ask my lungs you might get a different answer. It’s just all about your mind-set. If you’ve got it in your head that you’re going to play the whole game, it helps to carry you through.

“I thought Jake [Mamo] and Leroy [Cudjoe] were both unbelievable tonight. Jake has just got bags and bags of talent, and he brings so much enthusiasm with him. He’s such a great bloke, and he went through a bit of a tough time, so I’m just delighted for him that he’s back. Leroy, having been out for so long, is just a credit to himself. He’s still getting back into the swing of it after his injury, but he looked back towards his best tonight.”

Heading into the last few games of the season, Mellor emphasised that the squad won’t get too carried away, even if they have moved four points clear of the bottom four:

We know that we’ve been doing well, but it’s not quite over yet. We don’t want to get to the 8’s and just be left out at the end. So, 7 from 8 is good, but we’re looking forward. Every win just gives us a bit more momentum which will hopefully help us into the 8s.

“The Wakefield game on the last day of the season could have huge implications, but I hope it doesn’t to be honest! I hope we can win next week and Leeds lose their next two so that we’re already safe. But, there are no guarantees. It would be a lot of pressure, but that’s the reason you play sport!

“Next week against Castleford is just another big game. Nobody in this league is a walkover, and they’re a great side, but we’re on a great run and there’s plenty of confidence and belief in the camp. If we turn up with the same attitude and performance levels, we’ll go a long way to winning that game.”

 

 

 

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