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Huddersfield Giants boss Ian Watson admits to feeling pressure following latest defeat

Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson in a Super League interview

The Huddersfield Giants fell agonisingly short of completing a remarkable comeback in their must-win Super League game away at the Catalans Dragons. The Dragons had raced into a 22-0 lead within the first 25 minutes, however, the Giants did not allow them to score another point for the rest of the game. 

Three second-half tries, including one remarkable effort which saw the ball strike Luke Yates square in the face before he collected to touch down, gave the Giants hope. But they were unable to find a final score which would have handed them the game.

The defeat means the Giants now have just one win in their last eight games in all competitions and leaves their hopes of making the end-of-season playoffs hanging by a thread just after the season’s midway point.

Head coach, Ian Watson, was under pressure before the game and it remains to be seen whether their second-half improvement is enough to win over their sceptical fan base. Speaking after the game, Watson admitted that he was feeling the pressure of their poor run of form.

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Huddersfield Giants boss states “there’s always pressure” after latest defeat

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Huddersfield found themselves 22-0 down at half-time, after a first-half performance which was strewn with errors and lacking intensity. On the Sky Sports coverage it was reported that Watson had described the performance in the first half as a total mess, before ripping into his side in the dressing room at half-time.

The Giants went on to produce a much improved second-half performance, scoring 18 unanswered points but ultimately fell short of producing a famous comeback win. Watson was asked after the game whether he felt under pressure. He stated that there is always pressure on a head coach:

“There’s pressure all the time, there’s no easy games in Super League. There’s pressure all the time, there’s no point in saying that there isn’t, there’s always pressure there.”

Asked what he thought improved in the Giants’ second-half performance, Watson pointed to their improved attitude and resolve. He also believes that cutting out unforced errors allowed his side to gain a foothold in the game. Watson said:

“The second half, the resolve and the attitude to play together as a team was unreal. But in the first half, we made an error straight away from kick-off, we got a few overseas and they scored, we didn’t have that resolve and then we made another error and threw it in touch straight away.

“We [weren’t] getting any chance to get any momentum and what you need to do with Catalans is get them in a little bit of a game and be able to build that momentum and win the momentum. And we didn’t do that in the first half. Second half, I thought was a hell of a lot better.”

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