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Ian Watson says Huddersfield Giants don’t have the quality to compete

After an eighth loss in nine games, Huddersfield Giants boss Ian Watson has claimed that the club don’t have the quality to compete as he tried to explain the team’s embarrassing 48-0 loss to Warrington Wolves.

Huddersfield Giants were subject to yet another Super League loss as their hopes of making the playoffs dwindled and once again, it was by a large score that they lost. Warrington ran in eight tries as they eased to a win, something that Ian Watson has since blamed on illness in camp and a lack of overall quality.

That lack of quality comes in spite of the fact that owner Ken Davy very publicly stated ahead of the 2023 season that he had invested more than he ever had before, arguing that he had helped assemble the best Huddersfield Giants squad during his tenure.

Davy has now sent a message to the fans in which he apologised and labelled recent results as “simply not good enough”, whilst head coach Ian Watson had a similar sentiment as he too argued “it’s not good enough” when speaking to Sky Sports post-match.

Asked if he could put into words the level of disappointment, Watson told Sky Sports‘ Jenna Brooks: “I don’t think there’s anything that can express it (levels of disappointment) to be honest with you.”

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Do Huddersfield Giants lack the quality to compete?

Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson in a Super League interview

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The Huddersfield Giants boss would continue his passionate interview with Sky Sports, explaining that the club hadn’t been good enough before reasoning that it was a lack of quality in the side that had hindered his side of late.

“It’s embarrassing for what we are as a professional rugby league club. It’s it’s not good enough,” Watson continued.

“It’s not good enough. It’s not good enough for an organisation of what we want to be. The key thing is we want to be a good club and we talk about wanting to be a good club but we’re not willing to put the work in to be it. The one thing we’ve got to do is work hard.

“We don’t have the level of player of a Dufty or Williams and people like them. Guys like Vaughan and Fitzgibbon and people like that. We don’t have that level of quality and what we’ve got to do is work harder than everybody else if we want to try and achieve anything.”

Watson also spoke post-match to BBC West Yorkshire on the topic of pressure after suggestions that he could be sacked, explaining that mentally “it kills you” to witness performances such as the one that the Giants dished up last night.

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A close-up shot of Jake Connor in Huddersfield Giants gear

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Huddersfield Giants might not have the quality that Warrington Wolves have but it certainly isn’t for a lack of funds afforded, meaning that recruitment has to be questioned but also effort. Watson highlighted that the attitude of some players hadn’t met the level required as he outlined the need for change if they’re to make the playoffs.

Watson explained: “Attitude is an individual thing. When you turn up here, you should be privileged and honoured to play Rugby League. It’s a job you don’t do for very long, but to dish up poor performances can’t be accepted and it’s what you don’t want to put on show.

“I don’t think anybody out of our group, our club’s going to be happy on the back of today and feel good about themselves because it’s embarrassing what we’ve dished up and that’s now one win in eight in the league.

“Things have got to change pretty quickly on the back end of that. The boys are doing the right things throughout the week in terms of training. But then when we’ve come out of there and we’re in a game and we’re under fatigue, we’ve got that detail wrong.”

The efforts of Jake Connor were called into question with Sky Sports’ pundits Sam Tomkins and Jon Wilkin arguing that the full-back “doesn’t want to play”, something that had seen him dropped from the squad until recently.

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