Jake Wardle praises Huddersfeld Giants’ stand-in boss Luke Robinson

GIFTED centre Jake Wardle says interim head coach Luke Robinson is bringing the best out of him by changing Huddersfield Giants’ style.

Huddersfield's Jake Wardle. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

The 21-year-old delivered a stunning display in Thursday’s 31-19 derby win over Castleford Tigers.

With his electric pace, silky running style and eye for a gap, the rangy three-quarter was too good for his opponents.

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Huddersfield-born Wardle, who came through the club’s academy, scored one fine solo try and helped set up Aidan Sezer’s matchwinner in the 70th minute.

Previous head coach Simon Woolford left just over a week ago on the back of a six-game losing run.

But Giants have won both matches since assistant Robinson stepped up and Wardle told The Yorkshire Post: “Luke’s told us just to play a bit. He says we have nothing to lose and it’s about enjoying the game, getting as many wins as we can but not just playing one-up rugby.

“He wants us to move the ball more and you can see that in these last two performances.

“It was one of the best games I’ve had. I managed to get into a bit of space which is one of my strong points.

“That’s another thing Luke has brought in; he’s trying to play to everyone’s strengths.

“Personally, I like to have the ball early and he’s trying to get me that so I can show what I can do and get forward.

“He coached me in the Academy and he’s always been the same, trying to get players to play. I enjoyed it but, more than anything, it was just good we got another win.”

Meanwhile, with hooker Adam O’Brien ruled out for the season and back-up Reiss Butterworth missing through illness, Giants made a transfer deadline signing yesterday.

Halifax hooker Brandon Moore, 24, joined on a loan deal until the end of this campaign and could come into Robinson’s plans for Wednesday’s game against Hull KR.

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