30 May 2019
MCINTOSH: EVERYONE STEPPED UP
Darnell McIntosh believes collective team performance earned the win at Anfield
Throughout Saturday’s demolition of Hull FC, any Huddersfield Giants player could have been given the man of the match award.
But it was Darnell McIntosh that was presented with the honour at the end of the game and the fullback, unsurprisingly, admitted he enjoyed every minute of the first Magic Weekend at Anfield.
“It was a bit surreal really. We went out there to warm-up and I saw the stadium and thought wow, this is a big occasion, this is one of them fight or flight situations, you’ve got to step up.”
“I loved it to be fair. From the warm-up onwards, I had a real big buzz in me and I just really enjoyed everything, and I think that showed.”
“I played with a lot of energy, I think everybody did. We played with energy and passion and I think it reflected in the score line.”
To say this score was expected would be bending the truth, however, McIntosh believes the performance put in on Saturday has been a long-time coming for Giants.
“It’s been coming all year. I’m not one to make excuses but we’ve had our injuries, having to bring new people in and it’s just been very unsettled.”
“To go out there with a settled thirteen, it just gave us the platform to stand up and step up and you know, on Magic Weekend’s, everyone has to step up and I believe we did that.”
Of course, all attention will be focussed on the fact Giants scored over fifty points, however, the most pleasing aspect for McIntosh was the defensive effort which helped Huddersfield’s points difference on the Super League table.
“For a team it’s massive and for me it’s massive. Every time we concede a try, I take that personally so for me it’s good and for the team it’s massive, it shows we can go for eighty minutes.”
“This part of the table is so tight, so when it gets down to the actual crunch time and you look at the top five, points difference could be the difference between a team making it and not making it.”
“We realised that once we got our foot in the door, we said lets just strangle them and go for it and be relentless in what we do today.”
Momentum can be huge in rugby and with Giants now having to wait until June 7th for their next game, has this break come at the wrong time for Huddersfield?
McIntosh said: “You can take it two ways. Some people say you have the momentum so run with it and others say that’s when you can get caught off-guard.”
“But now we’ll relax, settle down and look forward to the next game.”