Simon Woolford praises Huddersfield’s rising stars

Drew Darbyshire

Huddersfield coach Simon Woolford heaped praise on youngsters Jake Wardle and Innes Senior following his side’s defeat at Warrington.

The Giants fell short to a 26-24 defeat to the Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday night.

Wardle scored in the game, while Innes Senior put in an impressive display on the wing.

On the young duo, Woolford said: “Innes played and Louis, his twin brother, are some of the best outside-backs in the Academy competition.

“They have all got a taste of Super League this year and the sky is the limit for all of them to be honest. Wardle is such a talent and they are all only like 18-years-old, so when they fill out over the next few years, they are going to be scary.

“We are positive over the next few weeks. We will look at the positives of our injuries over the next few weeks and we will give the younger boys some more game-time before the year is out.”

The result saw Warrington end Huddersfield’s hopes of making the semi-finals. The Wolves are now eight points ahead of the Giants with just three games left.

But Woolford still wants his side to finish strongly, despite there not being anything left to play for.

He added: “We are excited about next year but we don’t want to undo all of the good work that we have done over the last four months.

“We want to make sure we finish well and I thought tonight was a huge step in achieving that.

“I know we didn’t get the result but to go to Warrington and only go down by two, there is no disgrace in that.

“We just need to be a bit better at times and if we can fix a few of those issues up that cost us then we will hopefully get a couple of wins before the end of the season.”

Next up for Huddersfield is a Super 8s fixture against Castleford Tigers at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle next Thursday, 7:45pm kick-off.