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ROBINSON’S ACADEMY ROUND-UP

19th February 2018

ROBINSON’S ACADEMY ROUND-UP

Under 19s begin season with 13-13 draw against Wigan Warriors

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Huddersfield Giants Under 19s left Lockwood Park with a point against a strong Wigan Warriors side, after they drew 13-13.

This week Robinson's side host Newcastle Thunder on Thursday 22nd February, kick off 7pm, and the Academy Head Coach looked ahead to what will be another tough fixture.

The Claret and Gold academy side hosted Wigan for their opening game of 2018, and Academy Head Coach, Luke Robinson is pleased with his team’s performance against a tricky opposition:

“They really stood up and worked their backsides off for each other.

“I couldn’t ask any more. What I’ve tried to emphasise into my team and in my coaching career is the effort and desire to play for each other.

“Wigan like to intimidate you, they like to bully you, and that’s one thing we didn’t let happen.”

With Robinson starting his second season with the academy side, the ex-Giants player is pleased to manage to share the points with Wigan, after being narrowly beaten 24-20 last season:

“We nearly beat them last year and we’ve drawn to them this year.

“Someone told me before the game that a Huddersfield academy game has never beaten Wigan, I don’t think they’ve ever drawn to them either, let alone beat them, but I wanted the win.

“If I take my Huddersfield glasses off and take the biased perspective away, I think a draw was probably a fair result.

“It would have been nice to get a win and get off to a winning start but the foundations are definitely there.”

The match had a dramatic end, with a last-minute drop-goal from Giants academy player, Jamie Greenwood, securing his side a point. Despite the team setting up for a try in the last set of the game, Robinson believes it is pleasing to see his player’s making important decisions:

“We weren’t actually lining up for a drop goal, the players were setting up for a try and I was actually calling for it as well because it looked like it was on.

“I’m glad the lad has had the confidence and it was a really clever play from Jamie.

“The situation we were in, the last set of the game, we were kicking off and we were one point behind, if someone had asked me at that moment of time, would I take a draw? I’d have snapped their hand off!”

Despite being only one game into the season, there are already injury concerns for the academy side, with Jack Flynn who appeared to damage his ankle ligaments during the Wigan game. The Claret and Gold Academy Head Coach is hopeful for a quick recovery for Flynn:

“Flynn probably had the best pre-season out of everyone, he was flying, he looked good, physically strong, his knowledge of the game is coming on well, so it’s been a bit of a blow for him.

“It must be pretty bad because he’s a tough kid.

“We’re just waiting for the results now and fingers crossed for him it’s not a long time.”

The opening fixture also saw the welcome of four new faces to the Giants academy side. Ben Bamber, Ben Tibbs, Dominic Young, and Ellis Broadbent, all made their debut in the draw against Wigan:

“All I can ask is that everyone gives 100 percent effort for the Claret and Gold shirt and their teammates, they did myself and the Club proud.” emphasised Robinson.

The match was played at Lockwood Park, which had a good attendance and atmosphere, and Robinson is thankful of the numbers, despite the weather and hopes the support continues throughout the season:

“It felt like there were more numbers there than there actually were, especially on a cold Thursday night, so the more that we can get the better the lads feel and the better they’ll play, so fingers crossed that we can maintain that atmosphere throughout the year.” explained the Academy Coach.

This week the Claret and Gold academy side host Newcastle, with Robinson admitting that his knowledge of his next opponents is less detailed than Wigan, however believes his side’s intensity won’t drop:

“I think it’s about mentally going in with the right attitude and it’s a lesson for them, it was a lesson I learnt when I was younger, it doesn’t matter who you play against, if you go in with the wrong attitude, you’ll get beaten.

“I’m going to make sure that I’ll be drilling in the same messages that I did last week against Wigan.

“They’re a really good group of lads and they’ve been working really hard this year, so I don’t think they’ll take their foot off the gas.”

 

The Address for Lockwood Park is:

Lockwood Park

Brewery Drive

Huddersfield

HD4 6EN

 

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

 

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