30 May 2019
O'BRIEN TALKS MAGIC PERFORMANCE
Adam O'Brien talks the Magic Weekend win at Anfield and scoring at the Kop end.
Winning at Magic Weekend is becoming a bit of a habit for Giants, now having won nine games in five different cities at the event.
Saturday’s 55-2 victory was one of the most comfortable games at the event for Giants and Adam O’Brien, scorer of two tries on Saturday, was surprised with the score line.
“It was a massive win for us. Hull are a good side, they beat Warrington last week and we knew they would be up for it.”
“We had to start big and come out quick, but we were up what was it? Twenty points in the first-half but let them in with a silly penalty just before half-time.”
“We come out second half, defended really well and didn’t allow them another point, and we scored another twenty points on them.”
“Like I say, to come away from that game and I don’t think anyone would have believed us putting fifty-points on Hull FC today.”
The score line may have surprised O’Brien, but what wasn’t surprising was the effort and drive that Giants put in.
For the whole squad, from Simon Woolford down, it is clear they believed a performance like that was coming with everything seeming to fall into place on Saturday.
“Saints in the cup we just fell short and Hull KR last week was a good result and like I say, a massive result today against Hull FC.”
“We’re pushing forward and getting a bit of confidence. We haven’t changed much in training, structure and things like that, it’s just attitude and the bounce of the ball sometimes going our way.”
“It’s beginning to come off for us and hopefully we can kick on to the rest of the season.”
Ten tries were shared by seven players on Saturday and, according to O’Brien, sharing the load in attack is a good thing for Giants heading forward.
“That’s a good thing for our squad from number one to seventeen. If you’ve got seven different, try scorers it’s a massive thrill for us.”
“It shows how much good rugby we are playing, you know we’re not just attacking down the left side and so the left winger scores them all for example.”
“We’ve got variety of talent in our team and we can all score so that’s a massive strength for us as a team going forward.”
Two of these try scorers are lifelong Liverpool fans with Jermaine McGillvary and O’Brien, himself. both scoring a brace; a moment the hooker will never forget.
“My second try was in front of the Kop End, a massive moment for me with my family in the stands.”
“But massive credit to the boys and now a huge push towards the Castleford game in two weeks.”