07th February 2019


Giants half-back spoke to the media ahead of the Claret and Gold's trip to the South of France

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By Alex Robinson

Matt Frawley spoke to media as the Giants prepare for their first away game against Catalans Dragons in the South of France. The Giants scrum-half is excited for his first trip to Catalans and is confident the Giants can get the win if they improve in attack and defence.

“It was good to get out there, the result wasn’t what we hoped for, but I got a taste of what Super league is like and I loved playing out there, it was a good crowd and a good atmosphere something which I’m looking to get more of a taste for during the year,” said Frawley.

With Lee Gaskell out injured 20-year old Izaac Farrell made his Super League debut and Frawley praised his half-back partner performance.

“It wasn’t ideal but I thought Farrell did a really good job, he was on debut and I thought he was one of our better players so those things happen and you’ve got to roll with it, not really ideal Round 1 having so many injuries but it is what it is, you can’t make any excuses so we have to respond better to that and we aim to do that this week against Catalans,” said Frawley.

Frawley believes more is yet to come from his once he gets more games behind him. Frawley said: “It’s hard to get a read in only 1 game in but I think it will bring the best out of me, first couple of months its cold and wet it’s probably more of a conservative style of footy but when it starts to dry up and when it gets sunnier we can try to throw the footy around”.

“Every start of the season its teams that kick well and defend well that goes to win the game and that’s going to be a focus for the first couple of months and then build combinations and go from there and play more footy, there’s a lot to work on I was just happy to get out there and play footy. I don’t think it was one of my best games of rugby and there’s a lot to work on, lots of room for improvement for me.”

Having beaten Catalans twice in 2017 but losing both games in 2018 the Giants will look to achieve their 1st win before the break due to the World Club Challenge. Frawley is anticipating a tough game but is looking forward to his first trip to the South of France.

“The boys have said it’s a nice part of the world so I’m looking forward to getting away for a few days and it’s a bit warmer down there so I’m looking forward to that, everyone says they get a good crowd down there and they’re really hard to beat down there in France so I’m expecting a hard game but I’m confident we can get a result.”

“We just need to improve on what we didn’t do as well last week we missed a few opportunities, our end of sets was pretty poor that’s on me and Farrell to fix so if we can work on those things and in defence there’s a couple of things we need to work on as well so if we can pinpoint a few of those areas and we can finish well it will put us in good stead,” said Frawley.

Having scored six tries in 31 games for Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. The transition to Super League has been easy according to Frawley. “I grew up in Canberra so it gets pretty cold, probably colder than what it was the other night and I haven’t played there for four to five years now, in my childhood playing freezing cold nights was something you have to deal with and you can’t use it as an excuse. The difference has been fine.”

“It’s a long season and pre-season is a lot shorter. You’ve got a couple of months of intense training and if I was back home, I’d still be training, it’s trying to squeeze as much as you can into that pre-season and building your base, your fitness base and getting your strength up and it puts you in good stead for the rest of the year and I was focused on that during the pre-season and when you get into the end of the season it’s just about maintenance and trying to keep mentally fresh”.

With the new structure and new rules already in place, Super League is already looking more competitive than before and the Giants will not be taking Catalans lightly this Saturday.

“It’s a really strong even comp this year and that’s what everyone has been saying there are no easy games, every team has got depth and you can’t afford to have a week off”.

“Victory will be good to get the monkey off our back. We don’t want to go in the bye without a win,” said Frawley.

Don't forget you can see Matt Frawley and the Giants take on Catalans Dragons, live on Sky Sports Arena from 4:55pm. Tickets for our next Home Game, against the Warrington Wolves are now on sale from, by calling 01484 484159 or by visiting the Giants Club Store!

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