21st January 2013


Head Coach Reviews Final Trial Game

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Huddersfield Giants Head Coach Paul Anderson says his sides’ physicality in the second half of the Giants 36-12 win over Widnes Vikings at the John Smith’s Stadium yesterday was the difference between the two sides.

The Claret and Gold trailed 12-6 at the break, but Shaun Lunt’s hat-trick inspired the Giants to post 30 points without reply as they ran riot in the second half with further tries from Leroy Cudjoe (2) and the impressive Joe Wardle, while Captain Danny Brough kicked six goals from six attempts.

Anderson was pleased with that second half showing, but admitted the first half was down to his players ‘overplaying’ in key areas.

“There are some positives to come out of it and there are also some things we know we need to work on.

“We are not a million miles away from where we need to be and it was good to see the lads, some of them for the first time, getting some combinations going with the right people around them. This was always planned and we are reasonably happy with where we are at.

“I thought we made a bright start. Our mentality at the beginning of the game was to score points rather than build pressure.

“Some of the things we did were to break teams down, but on the back of that we were thinking we wanted to score points rather than just kicking the ball in the corner and trying to create some pressure."

Shaun Lunt grabbed the headlines with a hat-trick of tries, but Anderson was more impressed with Lunt's defensive work which he believes his Hooker has worked hard at to improve.

"Lunt is a class player - there is no doubt about that. One thing I know teams will try and do with 'Lunty' is they will try and find him out defensively. Now I know he has scored three tries, but defensively they challenged him and he was very, very good.

"Overall his attitude has been great. He has come back here a winner and his whole demeanour and the way he talks is just a real positive for our group."

Despite, the performance of Lunt, Anderson believed the difference in the second half was the power of his forwards lead by the likes of Eorl Crabtree, Craig Kopczak and debutant Stuart Fielden.

“Our physicality in the second half really told. If you look at the game in quarters, Widnes had the ball for the first quarter, but I would like to think we pressurised them a lot more than they did on us, simply by our big fellas being hard and direct and gaining penalties,” continued Anderson.

“It was only Stuart Fielden’s second Super League encounter in about two years so he will obviously build on that. He has been held back and I held him back a little again today just so we can ease him in slowly.

“One of the benefits with our big fellas is that they can all play a good amount of time on the field - Eorl (Crabtree), Stuart (Fielden), Koppy (Craig Kopczak), Fuey (David Faiumu) and Larne (Patrick) is learning to play time, so that is a great benefit to our squad.”

The only down side to the win was Michael Lawrence’s injury, which Anderson says the club will know more of once they receive his scan results.

“Bruno (Michael Lawrence) has an ankle problem and he is going for a scan today so we will no more this week.

“He is really important to our group because people always ask me who is a teammates ideal player and Bruno falls into that category because he does the small things consistently well.

“He is the type of player people like to play with. So yes he will be a miss if he is injured, but at the moment we don’t know too much. ”

Despite the win, Anderson knows that the Saints game in Round One of Super League XVIII on February 2nd will be the real test and he says the focus for that game will be gained by concentrating on everyday as it comes.

“We are 13 days away from the Saints game, but I am happy we have got the win today and what we will do is put our focus in tomorrow and then the day after and then when Saturday 2nd comes around our focus will then be on Saints."

Heikki Kovalainen




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