21st February 2018


Under 19s Academy host Newcastle Thunder on Thursday, kick off 7pm at Lockwood Park

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Huddersfield Giants Under 19s welcome Newcastle Thunder to Lockwood Park on Thursday, kick off 7pm, for their second game of the season.

Oliver Russell looked ahead to the clash and is expecting a tough match:

“Newcastle have been improving every single year for a while now. Last time out they beat Wakefield so they’re a good side. If we want to be a top four team then we’ve got to be winning these games and we’ll be taking it as seriously as we did the Wigan match.

“Newcastle are a big, athletic team and they’ll cause some problems. They’re aggressive, they fly off the line and they can throw some good shapes when they’ve got the ball, which is part of the reason they beat Wakefield.”

After drawing 13-13 with Wigan last time out, courtesy of a late Jamie Greenwood drop goal to level the scores, Russell reflected on the game:

“I normally give Jamie a bit of bother if he makes the wrong decision but that was a really good move on his part. I’m glad we got a point out of the match because we definitely deserved something.

“We had a few numbers on that left edge but the way that we’d been attacking through the game having made a few handling errors, maybe it was a 50/50 play if we went for the try but it was good to get the point and secure it rather than risk getting nothing.

“We’re completely different in terms of players and attitude to what we were last year. We are all on the same level and are striving to get into that top four. It’s a big goal for us and there’s no reason that we can’t accomplish it.”

After facing his former team last time out, Russell reflected on his time with the Giants U19s:

“I’m from Oldham so I started out playing for Oldham St Anne’s, I signed for the Wigan Scholarship and did two years there. I played a full year in the U19s Academy with Wigan and played in the Grand Final, then left to join the Giants U19s. I’ve loved my time with the Giants and am really enjoying my rugby again, I’ve got my love for the game back.

“Luke Robinson is the best Coach I’ve ever been taught by, maybe because he played the same position as me, so I’ve learned a lot from him and he does a great job.

“The main part of my game is kicking and passing, I need to work on running the ball a bit more but leading is another part of my game now which I feel I do quite well.

“I like playing alongside Sam Hewitt because he’s so aggressive and he’s my back-rower. I also love playing with Jack Flynn, unfortunately he’s out for a while now after picking up an injury against Wigan. He’s a very good, clever hooker.

“There’s obviously the twins too, Innes and Louis Senior, who make our job so much easier with their ball returns and I really enjoy playing with them too. They’ve got everything really; size, speed and there’s no reason why they can’t make the step up this year, even though they’re a year younger than me.

“We’ve got some really good young players, Dom Young on the wing is another one that is very good and wouldn’t be out of place making the step up. We’ve got good numbers and if someone gets injured there are plenty that can fill in.

“Ben Bamber is going to be an absolute animal this year. His carries off the back-line are just scary and, to be honest, I wouldn’t want to tackle him. Callum Cameron also did well, he had a lot of minutes and showed up well in defence.

Russell also gave an insight into his high ambitions for the season:

“My ambitions are to make the top four, I don’t see why we can’t get into the final and win it. I really want to make the final. Personally, I want to be consistent in my game and lead the team well. I want to be playing with confidence and continue to enjoy playing my game.”

Head to Lockwood Park on Thursday for the Giants U19s match against Newcastle Thunder:

The address for Lockwood Park is:

Lockwood Park

Brewery Drive




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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