Huddersfield boss Rick Stone says his team’s 31-12 victory at Leeds was a fitting tribute to the wife of club owner Ken Davy, Jennifer, who died suddenly on Wednesday.
Mrs Davy was one of the main reasons the Huddersfield chairman first became interested in rugby league and was much-loved around the club and community.
“I think everyone can feel a little bit proud of the club tonight – we’ve not had a lot to cheer about in the last couple of weeks,” said Stone
“It probably has been emotional, particularly for those boys who have been at the club for a while. They understand Jennifer’s influence on Ken and how he got initially involved in the Giants, she being a Huddersfield girl and a rugby league fan.
“That’s how it all started a long time ago, such a classy lady and a classy couple. It was good to see the boys show that sort of emotion and courage and desire.
“It’s a bit disappointing at times to think that something like that needs to happen, but tonight we can be proud of our efforts.
“We definitely stood up and competed hard for the whole 80 minutes. The conditions probably suited us. Any time you’ve got Broughy (Danny Brough) in those conditions it helps.
“We had more intent in our defence, that was the main thing. We forced Leeds into a few errors and that sucked the juice out of them in the second half.
“It was good to see a happy dressing room for a change. It’s up to the boys to realise if that’s the yardstick, they have to produce that effort every week.”