Giants’ ruthless display pleases Stone

Rick Stone says he was delighted to see Huddersfield keep their foot on the gas during Saturday’s 56-12 victory against Catalan.

Jake Mamo topped the scoring with four tries, while Jermaine McGillvary and Danny Brough weighed in with two apiece, but Stone was eager to praise his forward pack.

“The result was great – it was a big task for the boys as it was 30 degrees at kick-off, so it was a bit of a challenge and the boys responded really well to it,” he told the club’s official website.

“I’m really happy with our forwards, particularly how they rolled up their sleeves and worked hard for each other and made a bit of a platform for us to be able to do what we can do.

“At half-time we had quite a comfortable lead, but I was happy that we showed a bit of ruthlessness and went on with the job and continued to put some points on the board in the second half.

“The biggest thing is to not concede too much because in those conditions generally you get higher scoring games because defending is even harder with the conditions zapping your energy so we managed that alright.

“Everyone contributed pretty well – we had a plan that we would share the workload amongst the forwards and I think Paul Clough, Sam Rapira, Alex Mellor and Adam O’Brien did a good job when they came on the field and kept things moving in the right direction for us.

“There’s still a long way to go yet. The next couple of weeks are going to be really important for us – obviously we’ve got St Helens and then Wigan and in the context of the competition it’s really important.

“We’re happy with last week’s result and we’ve got to prepare ourselves again for another team which we know will pose a big challenge come Friday.”

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