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RANKIN DELIGHTED WITH MILESTONE VICTORY

08th February 2018

RANKIN DELIGHTED WITH MILESTONE VICTORY

Man of the match Jordan Rankin spoke to giantsrl.com following Giants’ 20-6 win against Warrington in his 100th professional career match

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Jordan Rankin was delighted to get the first win of the season in the Giants 2018 home bow following a 20-6 victory over the Warrington Wolves at the John Smith’s Stadium.

It was Rankin’s 100th career appearance and the Aussie half-back put in a man of the match display as Rick Stone’s side earned their first two points in the Betfred Super League. He reflected:

“It was really good. We played well as a team and our tackle selection was really good. The wet conditions played in favour of a good defence, a lot of dropped balls and errors played a part of it, and it was important to get that done.

“I didn’t realise I was man of the match until after the game to get the photo done. It’s always nice and it doesn’t go unnoticed to team members, they help me and I’m very thankful to the wonderful 17 today who made me win that award.

“We had a lot of injuries tonight and put in a really good performance in both halves which gave us an opportunity to put the points on the board and also defend really well which was our main focus all week.”

The Giants were solid at the back and clinical in their attack with Rankin playing a pivotal role, and he believes his partnership with Danny Brough is growing on the field:

“We’re building a combination slowly but surely over the pre-season and we’ve started the season and it’s growing week by week with Rick Stone and Chris Thorman. It’s going to take a bit of tweaking, obviously with a load of injuries here at the moment, but we’ll keep building every week. With our full pack playing it’ll make it a lot easier.”

When Rankin joined the Giants last July, he filled in for Jake Mamo who was sidelined through an injury and although he thinks playing at full-back has made it better to understand the team, the prospect of playing at half-back all year will be thrived upon by the 26 year-old:

“Mamo was injured as soon as I got here which was a shame because I heard what good form he was in before he got injured. I filled in to his full back role which was handy because I got to know how the players play around me before moving in the halves this year and I think I've got a good platform and I’m happy playing there. I’ve thrived in that position over the years and I’m excited for the opportunities for the rest of the season.”

Rankin also spoke of how special the night was personally to him having made the century in professional career appearances and hopes there is plenty more to come:

“It was my 100th game, across two continents which is quite cool and interesting. It was outstanding and hopefully there’s many more to come. Making my debut is my highlight, it’s a day you always hold close to your heart as you dream of it when you’re a kid."

The Giants face St Helens on Friday 23rd February at the John Smith’s Stadium, and Rankin knows it will be a huge test after next week’s break:

“St Helens got off to a strong start last week against Castleford Tigers in a scoreline which I don’t think anyone called correctly. They have a tough match against Catalans Dragons so it'll

be interesting to see how it goes. We’ll hopefully get players back on deck and field a strong side against a quality side with quality players. We’ll try and nullify them to get another win.”

 

 

 

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