22 Apr 2022

Watson confident heading into Warrington clash

Ian Watson is feeling confident going into tomorrow's Betfred Super League fixture with Warrington Wolves and believes that resting players after the hectic Easter schedule on Monday against St Helens has left his side in a good position to compete against the Wire. 

"We're in a really good shape. We rested seven players for the St Helens game, we took players out there that we thought needed to look after. 

"There's a lot of people saying they want to be in our first team, and they did really well. It shows the strength in our squad because we played well against St Helens. We managed to rest up our frontline players, and that's a bonus for us."

Jake Wardle has returned to the team after a prolonged absence, and Watson indicated that the homegrown centre will return to the starting line-up for tomorrow's game. 

"We were hoping Jake Wardle would have been back for the Saints game; Ricky and Leroy have been playing every week and doing every session, so they've played a lot of Rugby. We wanted to be able to rest those guys up so it's good to be able to have Jake and he'll play tomorrow. This game is perfect timing for him now, he's had a couple of training sessions and he's getting to match fitness."

The Giants Head Coach also gave an update on Theo Fages, who has returned to training yesterday and looks set to return into the Giants side for Thursday's trip to Wakefield Trinity. 

"Theo was back training with the team yesterday and today, he'll be good from today"

Huddersfield are looking forward to their first Semi-Final in a decade, and Watson told the press that he believed the games leading into the Semi-Final against Hull KR on May 7th are pivotally important, as his experience at Salford suggests going into the game with a positive record is vital for preparation for the game. 

"The games become more important in the lead-up to the Semi. We want to go into that game with form; we want to go into these games and perform at a high standard so we're going in with form. That's the big one for us."

"When we were at Salford, we knew that when we went into games in form, we'd go in with confidence. We've been building our confidence and our momentum, and we want to continue doing that."

Huddersfield are going up against a Warrington side that have struggled to find form so far in the Betfred Super League, but Watson is weary of the threats that Warrington pose.

"Warrington are good at playing to their strength, they've got great outside backs and a good team all over."

"It's been a difficult one for Daryl; when you come in as a new coach you want to put your own things in place - when you win, people are happy to go along with it but when you lose, people ask questions, rightly or wrongly.

"They were the highest scoring team last year and they'll put points on you, but we're focusing on ourselves and what we can control."

The game will be a special occasion for Chris Hill, coming up against his former club, Watson indicated that he is looking forward to returning home and competing against his former teammates. 

"Chris is looking forward to it. We were hoping that this would be his 500th game going back to Warrington and playing against some of his mates and see the crowd show their appreciation for him. Either way, he's still really excited for the game, it's always good when you're going back with a team that's doing well. Chris is looking forward to it a lot."

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