12th March 2019


All the stats and figures you need to know ahead of our fixture against St Helens, this Thursday

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Offload to load-on the points

What was noticable about Friday night's performance was the intensity, effort and desire of the Giants in the face of visiting the Champions. Keen observers will notice that the Giants kept the ball alive with a verve not seen all year in 2019. A staggering total of 16 offloads, the most all season, meant the Giants kept moving the ball around and passing through different phases of play. Particular praise should be reserved for Darnell McIntosh and Jermaine McGillvary, who managed 6 offloads between them, more than the team's total offloads in Round 4 (vs Hull FC), Round 1 (vs Salford) and equal to the Round 2 total (vs Catalans). 

Total Offloads by Game 2019

  • Round 1 (vs Salford) - 3
  • Round 2 (vs Catalans) - 6
  • Round 3 (vs Warrington) - 7
  • Round 4 (vs Hull) - 4
  • Round 5 (vs Wigan) - 16

Stop Roby - Key to the Saints Attack

James Roby is having a belting year, turning back the years and currently sits top of the Man of Steel voting after five rounds. The hooker has made the 11th most tackles in Super League this year, 3rd most Dummy Runs, 10th most marker tackles and touching down three times in 2019. Stopping the 33-year-old will be key to halting the momentum of the League Leaders and shutting the Saints Attack and Defensive Schemes down. 

The Pack is Back

The Giants lived up to their name on Friday night, with the pack producing it's most productive week yet in terms of total metres gaines. A grand total of 592 metres were made over the course of the 80 minutes, the most this season. With Alex Mellor gaining 117 metres, the most by a Giants forward in 2019. The Giants ran for 200 more metres than in the loss to Hull FC, with the forward pack more than than in any game this season. 

Total Metres by Game 2019

  • Round 1 - 519
  • Round 2 - 490
  • Round 3 - 582
  • Round 4 - 392
  • Round 5 - 592

Saving Grace for the Saints

After an exciting 2018, Regan Grace has established himself amongst the best wingers in Super League in 2019, with the Welsh International touching down 4 times this year, and leading the St Helens side in Clean Breaks (7), and contibuting the second most Tackle Busts (23). Rewarded with a new contract this weeek, his average gain of 7.65 metres makes him a threat from the return game and although the Giants have been proficent at stopping the return game in Rounds 1-4, the powerful three-quarter line of Makinson, Perceval, Naiqama and Grace represent the biggest challenge for the Giants D. Restrict them, and the strike power of the Red Vee is firmly constricted. 

Heikki Kovalainen




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