06th March 2017


Giants Under 19s and 16s both in action over the weekend.

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Both the Huddersfield Giants Under 19s and 16s were in action at the weekend.

The Giants senior academy came from behind to beat Leeds Rhinos 16-10 at Stanningley ARLFC in their first win of the season and 19s Head Coach, Luke Robinson was delighted to get the win:

“I was really pleased, obviously last week we lost and we really should have won that game so to get a positive reaction was really good for the lads. The conditions were horrendous, it was one of those games where you couldn’t really see who was who after ten minutes because everyone was caked in mud so it probably came down to us having a bit more effort and desire than they did and we got what we deserved.

“There was a lot of character shown by the boys, they are young lads who are only just learning the trade but they showed loads of desire and will to win and that was really pleasing for me, especially because we had no bench. Billy Hayes went off early doors with a sternum problem and I had three lads with concussion so we had no bench for the last 25 minutes so they had to really dig deep and thankfully they did that.”

Despite the opening defeat against St Helens, Robinson has been pleased with what he has seen in the opening two games from his side:

“Both have been really strong performances, we were definitely the better side against Saints, they didn’t even score a try against us and our defence has been pretty solid to start the season and that has been pleasing. It was good to have a positive reaction from the defeat and go over to Leeds and get the win against a decent Leeds team.

“I would like to give a mention to Oliver Jamieson, who hasn’t really played full-back but we lost Tyllar Mellor last week so he had to fill in, in a position that he’s not really accustomed to but he did an amazing job.”

The 19s face London Broncos this Sunday at Lockwood Park, kick-off 2pm and Robinson insisted that despite the injuries affecting the group it creates an opportunity for other players to impress:

“One good thing with all the injuries is that other people get an opportunity, I’ve always said that in the first five games I would try to give everybody a bit of game time so they can show what they’re made of and then after that it’s down to whoever plays best will keep their spot. It’s opened a few doors early on because we have got that many injuries so when one door shuts for someone it opens for somebody else and hopefully a lot will be first years that play this year and if they take their opportunity then they will stay in the side.”

The Giants Scholars fell to a 44-18 defeat at Lockwood Park against Bradford Bulls and Giants Head of Youth, Andy Kelly, wants to see an improvement from the young Giants:

“The scholarship came out of their game at the weekend with a 44-18 defeat, I think from the St Helens game we saw some improvement with some good contact stuff and some technical procedure stuff but I think overall some of the understanding that they need to do certain things, has to improve.

“I thought Bradford relished the game more than our boys did and wanted to win it that little bit more and that’s sad, I think if you get out-enthused and your desire is a little bit less than someone else’s at a time when we’re selecting players to represent our academy, you are just leaving some things behind in your preparation. We can give you a lot of things as a player but we can’t give you everything and the players have to understand that.

“There were things that improved and progress is slow but you can’t go into a game as a player thinking that everything is done for you and so we will be trying to give the players a bit of a rude awakening over the coming weeks and point out some of the areas that need to be improved technically and tactically but also in their preparation they need to be better.”


Heikki Kovalainen





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