Skipper O’Grady reflects on opening day victory

Published: 10th April 2019

We caught up with Giants Women co-captain, and woman of the match Erin O’Grady this week who reflected on the performance against Widnes and gave her thoughts on the upcoming fixture against Oulton on Sunday.

Looking back on a tough 8-16 victory in Halton, the half back commented. “We showed really good character. We had some poor attacking moments in the second half which meant we were forced to do a lot of defence but we stuck with it and everyone defended really well.”

In the second half the Giants found themselves camped in their own half defending multiple sets for almost half an hour but they maintained a clean sheet for 40 minutes despite heavy Widnes pressure for most of that time. “The second half was really tough, everyone was blowing but carried on working hard for each other and were really determined.  We didn’t concede in the second half despite so much pressure”.

Travelling Giants spectators were treat to a thrilling finish when O’Grady crossed the line in the dying moments to put the game beyond doubt, but O’Grady didn’t wish to take credit. “It felt great to get a try in our first game of the season, but everyone worked so hard and put in 100% which was the main reason we came away with the win”.

The Giants will host Oulton Raidettes this weekend, in their opening home fixture of the year.

“We have played a few games away now so it’s good to get a home fixture to look forward to. We don’t know much about them but we know we can defend well, we just need to work on our attack this week in training. We certainly need to keep the ball in hand a little more.”

“I’d like to see us communicate a little better in attack, which is obviously down to me as a half back but we just need to keep the talk up which will help us out a lot”. “Sunday was one of our poorer performances [with the ball] but we still managed to come away with a win despite it not being the best performance, so we know we can do well if we work hard where we need to and stick together”.

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