Ian Watson identifies two key moments in ‘outstanding’ Huddersfield Giants victory and discusses Chris Hill’s yellow card

Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson was rightly happy after watching his side put Hull KR to the sword in an impressive victory.

The Giants led 16-0 at half-time to then extend their lead to 20-0 shortly after the break.

Whilst Hull KR threatened a comeback with two tries from Brad Takairangi and Mikey Lewis, a late Chris McQueen put the icing on the cake for Huddersfield.

And, Watson was thrilled – especially with his side’s first-half showing.

“I thought first-half we were outstanding, we wanted to make sure we started strong in this game and we started outstanding,” Watson said.

“I thought the players backed each other to the hilt – you just want them to play for each other and show the kind of pride we want from this club going forward.

“I think we’re starting to see a Huddersfield team that are working hard for each other and competing and that’s the biggest thing I want them to do – they did that today and they got the rewards from that.

Watson identified two key points in the game where he could not speak highly enough of his players.

“We’ve still got more in us and you look at the second-half, we’ve lost a bit of focus and concentration, but the amount of effort we’ve put into defending our goal line was outstanding.

“We had a sticky point where Korbin Sims almost went over and then when they nearly scored in the corner with Ryan Hall, they were defining moments and they’ve come off the back of our defence.”

One point which the Huddersfield head coach wants another look at is Chris Hill’s yellow card, given after referee Robert Hicks saw something untoward following Mikey Lewis’ try seven minutes from the end.

“Chris Hill doesn’t know (what went on) at this moment in time – he said he put his leg out but he’s unsure why he has been sinbinned.

“The referee has seen something and done what he has had to do as a referee but I will have a look at that and see what it was all about.”

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