Frustrated Huddersfield Giants coach Simon Woolford eyes transfer market after Hull FC loss

DISAPPOINTED Huddersfield Giants head coach Simon Woolford said there were “too many passengers” in his side and he may need to dip into the transfer market after a 31-12 loss to Hull FC.

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The West Yorkshire club have now lost all three games since coming back from lockdown and were 28-0 behind after just 31 minutes at Halliwell Jones Stadium.

They had been competitive in previous fixtures but Woolford said: “There is an old saying in rugby league that you can’t win a game in first 20 minutes but can lose it and that was the case today.

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“That’s not the Giants of 2020; that defensive effort in the first half hour was poor.

1 March 2020 Huddersfield Giants v Wgan Warriors. Giants Head Coach Simon Woolford. Picture Tony Johnson.

“They scored a try against the run of play off our ball and some easy ones off kicks and we showed no real resilience on our tryline.

“For the next 50 minutes it was the Giants we are used to seeing this year.

“We were prepared to work hard for our mate, We found our talk, enthusiasm and energy. We could hear it from the stand the difference in the last 50 as opposed to the first 30,

“But we had too many passengers in that first half and needed to start with that intent and energy not when the game was gone.”

Huddersfield were missing a raft of players including scrum-half Aidan Sezer who is unlikely to be fit for Friday’s game against champions St Helens.

They also saw Michael Lawrence and Ashton Golding come off injured yesterday.

Woolford added: “We had 21 or 22 to pick from today.

“There’s a couple of players in Super League that aren’t getting a game that we believe could help us short-term so it might be something we can have a look at this week.

“But there’s salary cap to be taken into account so we’ll see.”

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