Purtill: Giants must get better


Published: Sunday 22nd March 2015 by The News Editor

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Huddersfield maintained their resurgence with a third straight win at Wakefield to climb to fourth place in Super League but assistant coach Kieron Purtill admits they will have to improve if they are to stay there.

Full-back Scott Grix scored a hat-trick of tries inside the first nine minutes to give the Giants a flying start and, although the Wildcats clawed it back to 18-14 early in the second half, the visitors finished strongly to power to a 44-14 victory which sets them up nicely for Friday’s trip to Warrington.

“It was good to get the win,” Purtill said. “We had a fantastic start before the game went a bit sloppy but the good thing is that we played our way out of that. We got our composure back and scored some good tries.

“The conditions today probably suited the game. The sun was shining and it was a fast track. Everyone got a bit giddy and it was touch football at times.

“We’ve a big game ahead of us on Friday and defensively we need to get better.”

The Wildcats, who gave debuts to Joe Arundel and George Griffin, threatened a shock when tries from Dean Collis, Danny Kirmond and teenager Jordan Crowther brought them back in the game.

But the Giants regrouped and took advantage of sloppiness by their hosts to run in four more tries in the last 27 minutes through Brett Ferres, Leroy Cudjoe, Ukuma Ta’ai and former Wakefield favourite Danny Brough, who also kicked six goals.

It was a fourth straight defeat for Wakefield, who plunge to the foot of the table.

“We were definitely back in the game and had some momentum but we shot ourselves in the foot,” Wildcats coach James Webster said. “We had two good breaks down our right-hand side and threw the ball away.

“You can’t win games when you complete at 45 per cent in the second half. That’s been our Achilles heel all year and we continue to do it. Until we stop it, we won’t win any games.

“Huddersfield weren’t at their best either. That’s the disappointing thing.

“There is only one way to turn it around and that’s by working hard. We’ve a short-turnaround before we go to Wigan on Friday night. There’s no easy fixtures, the league doesn’t allow you to hide.”

Published: Sunday 22nd March 2015 by The News Editor

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