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Super League: Ian Watson reveals injury fears for Jermaine McGillvary in four tries for Huddersfield Giants | Rugby League News


Jermaine McGillvary, who scored four tries in Huddersfield’s win over Hull FC, almost retired from the warm-up match; “He wasn’t supposed to play,” Giants head coach Ian Watson said. “But he said he couldn’t let the boys down”

Last updated: 07/22/21 23:11

Jermaine McGillvary ignored injury scare to help Huddersfield beat Hull FC

Ian Watson paid tribute to Jermaine McGillvary after overcoming an injury scare and an unfortunate start to score four tries and help the Huddersfield Giants end a six-game losing streak with a 40-26 victory over Hull FC.

McGillvary was set to retire to the warm-up after feeling more discomfort with a foot injury and switched wings after Hull took advantage of his lack of height under the high ball to run in two tries and establish a 16-10 lead.

The veteran had already scored Huddersfield’s first try on the right wing and scored three more on the left as the Giants headed for an eight-try win.

Super League: Ian Watson reveals injury fears for Jermaine McGillvary in four tries for Huddersfield Giants | Rugby League News

McGillvary’s impressive quartet help Giants win

Jermaine McGillvary’s four tries helped Huddersfield end a six-game losing streak by beating Hull FC 40-26.

“I have to give Jez a lot of credit,” Watson said. “He wasn’t supposed to play. He almost gave up during the warm-up, but he said he couldn’t let the boys down.

“Then facing the adversity he went through with the two tries they scored and coming back and scoring four shows the character he has.”

Longtime McGillvary center partner Leroy Cudjoe has also joined in, marking his 300th appearance for his home club with the Giants’ final try.

“I was hoping it was the winning try,” Watson said. “It was a special game for him and he’s someone Huddersfield needs to stay involved with for a long time.

Ian Watson believes Huddersfield has improved in the past two weeks after breaking a six-game losing streak against Hull FC

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Ian Watson believes Huddersfield has improved in the past two weeks after breaking a six-game losing streak against Hull FC

Ian Watson believes Huddersfield has improved in the past two weeks after breaking a six-game losing streak against Hull FC

“He’s Huddersfield through and through and a great role model for the children of Huddersfield.”

The Giants shed light on the absence of 10 regulars, with inexperienced backs Will Pryce and Oliver Russell in the lead.

Pryce, the 18-year-old son of British veteran Leon, scored for the second game in a row as Russell’s tactical kicks played a big part in the victory.

“I am absolutely compensated for Olly,” Watson said. “I talked to him this week about setting up the first kicks and he did it perfectly. He stayed outside for an hour practicing them and it paid off.

Man of the Match Jermaine McGillvary scores four tries for the Huddersfield Giants to help break their losing streak against Hull FC

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Man of the Match Jermaine McGillvary scores four tries for the Huddersfield Giants to help break their losing streak against Hull FC

Man of the Match Jermaine McGillvary scores four tries for the Huddersfield Giants to help break their losing streak against Hull FC

“We deserve what we got today. We are getting better and better and the boys are playing as a team. I thought our midfielders were exceptional, they were physically dominant defensively.”

The entertaining game ended on a sour note when Josh Jones of Huddersfield and Hull forward Andre Savelio were sent off by referee Chris Kendall after trading blows in a scuffle as the final siren sounded.

“I was upset that Andre Savelio was going after one of our young boys, Robson Stevens,” Watson said. “Josh went to protect Robson and I want our guys to protect the kids, I don’t want somebody shooting them.”

On the layoffs, Hull coach Brett Hodgson said: “There was a bit of provocation from them, but I think we could have handled that last moment better.

Brett Hodgson said it was a 'hard lesson to learn tonight' after Hull FC's 40-26 loss to the Huddersfield Giants

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Brett Hodgson said it was a ‘hard lesson to learn tonight’ after Hull FC’s 40-26 loss to the Huddersfield Giants

Brett Hodgson said it was a ‘hard lesson to learn tonight’ after Hull FC’s 40-26 loss to the Huddersfield Giants

“There was a lot of emotion at the end of the game, a lot of things were said between the teams.”

While Huddersfield was seasoned and energetic from the start, Black and White looked distinctly rusty after their layoff, but Hodgson had no excuse for his team’s loss.

“It’s very disappointing,” said former Huddersfield player Hodgson. “We prepared very well before the game, but we were not prepared to exert enough pressure and our discipline let us down.

“There are no excuses, we were dominated today. We had to be better than that – we were far behind in a lot of areas.”





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