Giants record solid win and insist there is no concerns over Danny Brough

Larne Patrick

They managed to hold on and win despite a late Widnes fightback, as Huddersfield Giants assistant coach Kieron Purtill was pleased that his side managed to get the job done, winning 36-22 over the Widnes Vikings.

It was 30-6 before Widnes made the score a bit more respectable but despite conceding more points in the second half, Purtill was pleased with the performance, even if he thought the game was rather scrappy at times.

“I'm happy with the win as to back up from last week against Leeds was pleasing,” Purtill said.

“Everyone is going on about Giants teams from years gone by but we want to create our own story and build day by day.

“We are really happy with what we have done. It was scrappy at times but we got the job done.

“We spoke at half-time about the penalties and we changed a few people round thinking about the games we have got ahead.

“We showed resolve in defence and did some decent stuff with the ball in hand.”

With some expressing concern over play-maker Danny Brough, Purtill said that the decision to leave him off in the second half was merely a precautionary one.

“Broughy is fine. He is a key player for us and we have to look after them,” Purtill said.

“We did the job in the first half and took the decision to bring him off. You can get a few tight calves on this pitch so we just brought him off.”

Despite their improved second half, Widnes coach Denis Betts felt his side's first half let them down – a half where they were blown out of the water.

“We started okay but they stepped up the pace and started winning the ruck and to be honest they dominated the first half,” Betts said.

“We got caught in the head lights and they physically dominated us.

“We had a chat at half-time and we had more venom in us after that. I was pleased with the response the lads gave in the second half.

“There are some disappointed players in the dressing room, as they feel they have let it slip.”

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