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WOOLFORD SEES SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT IN DEFEAT

11th February 2019

WOOLFORD SEES SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT IN DEFEAT

Giants coach spoke to the media after the Claret and Gold's defeat to Catalans Dragons.

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Simon Woolford saw improvement in the Giants performance in the South of France, despite going down 27-10, but knows that ill-discipline and bad decision made the Claret and Gold’s task more difficult.

“Our first 15 minutes were fantastic; our intent with our defence was as good as it’s been. Catalans struggle to come out and our catchers were coming out 30-40 metres outside our try line so that’s always a good sign.

“From the 15-20th minute, we just shot ourselves in the foot – we had a strip for a try and a kick for a try. Those things killed us. We get a seven-tackle set and the Dragons went the full length, thank god Darnell put in a fantastic effort to prevent the try but all those things just zapped the energy out of you.”

Woolford took heart from the improvement in a brutal second half and stressed the importance of making the right choices to build a platform for victory.

“We talked about our discipline at half-time and I thought from an effort point of view in the second half we were really good. They scored a try off a ricocheted kick, but our discipline in the first half lost us the game.”

Losing Izaac Farrell in the second half meant yet another change to the half-back combination, with the Giants losing fluency as a result.

“We lost Izaac in the second half so combination wise we weren’t as fluent as we could have been. That’s what happens when you have struggles with bodies, the combinations aren’t as set.”

But the Giants Coach believes that a number of players will be back for the Giants next fixture, at home to Warrington on the 22nd February at 7:45pm.

“Hopefully next game we’ll get three or four back. Ukuma Ta’ai will be back for the next game, Matty English got a head-knock but will be okay.”

Ultimately, Woolford believes that the Giants simply cannot level their two defeats at missing players, but with the decision making of the players on the field.

“I spoke to the guys after the game; the reason we’ve come up short in the first two weeks is not the blokes who aren’t here, it’s the blokes who are. Coaches, players, we’re responsible for the first two weeks.”

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