26th April 2018


The Giants U19s Academy host Leeds Rhinos at Lockwood Park tonight, kick off 7pm at Lockwood Park

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Huddersfield Giants Head of Youth, Andy Kelly, discusses the U19s Academy’s progress as they prepare to face Leeds Rhinos at Lockwood Park tonight, kick off 7pm.

The Giants academy side succumbed to just their second defeat of the season as they slipped to a 28-16 away loss to St Helens, and Kelly insisted the side will be eager to bounce back in the derby match against Leeds:

“A game between the Huddersfield Giants and Leeds Rhinos is always worth going to see, whatever level you are going to watch it at. There’s a lot of interest in facets to this game, Leeds Rhinos are in good form themselves and given that our Wigan and St Helens away performances are where we were defeated, the team recognise that and want to bounce back.

“It’s not just about getting back to winning ways but more consistent performances. There’s a big challenge for the boys, an in-form side, near neighbours, and they’ve got to start playing consistently well to play against what are perceivably the top four sides.”

Having seen Sam Hewitt and Jon Luke Kirby sign first-team contracts as a result of their performances for the Under 19s side, accompanied by 17 year old twins, Innes and Louis Senior, making first-team appearances this season, Kelly praised the strength of the academy:

“Jon Luke Kirby has recently signed a first-team contract and we’re all really pleased for him. He’s a genuinely honest and hardworking player that deserves his contract. The return of the Senior twins back into the academy starting line-up as a pair and Jake Wardle being given a sequence of games also strengthens the side. The back line is exciting, you throw Dom Young in there and I don’t think we’ve got an outside-back that’s under 6’2 playing in the game which will be well worth watching.

“The team is entertaining to watch. Oliver Russell and Josh Pinder have been exceptional in the halves on the back of the hard-working forwards. Lucas Hallas is in-form, Sam Hewitt is in-form, Jon Luke Kirby is tireless fronting up the pack and there is a lot of other people that we don’t mention all the time. I just think the boys have to prove to themselves that they can be consistent against the top sides.

“The boys are honest, they’re genuine, they provide us with entertainment and now there’s a little bit of expectation and anticipation about what we’re seeing but they’ve still got to come of age as a team and prove to be in the top four that they can marry up to the top sides and this is a great opportunity to do that.

“Luke Robinson is doing a fantastic job. He’s learning about the group he’s coaching every week and from that the group are now starting to mature into a very good side.”

Supporters are urged to cheer on the Under 19s and with 2018 Giants Season Card holders admission prices just £3, it's a great opportunity to see the stars of the future.

The address for Lockwood Park is:

Lockwood Park

Brewery Drive



Admission prices are:

£3 - Adult Giants Season Ticket Holder

£3.50 - Adult

£2 - Concession Giants Season Ticket Holder

£2.50 - Concessions

U16 - Free of charge





Heikki Kovalainen




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