Well, all I can say is that was an improvement on last year.... 57-4 to 32-8.
First of all well done to Wigan on an accomplished and professional performance.
My biggest disappointment was that we left all the hard work of the season on the bus and didn't even force Wigan out of 1st gear.
Errors, ill discipline, wrong options, lack of composure was all there to see.
We managed to bring all our faults to the table at the wrong time.
I was concerned that last week would have taken a lot out of us both mentally and physically but even that couldn't account for the lack of intensity from the Giants.
I've said for a long time that we will not win owt with Robbo around the team.
I hate to say it as he's as brave and tough as they come but since he lost his scoot all he seems to do is run around like a headless chicken throwing some wayward / hospital passes and even confuses his own team mates at times.
Also, he hasn't a kicking game as such.
I'm looking forward to seeing Ryan Hinchliffe in Giants colours next year as he should take us up a notch like Brad Drew and Brett Hodgson did.
He's coming from a winning environment and he's signed for 3 years which will help not only Danny Brough (and Jamie Ellis) but also Kruise Leeming's development.
Also with Sam Rapira effectively replacing Craig Kopczak I hope we get a bit more mongrel and better discipline in the forwards.
Conner has had a good year and was building up a good understanding with Murphy before Joe Wardle was put back in the centres against Leeds last week.
He's one of the few who actually has a bit of mongrel about him and will learn from yesterday's painful experience.
Ferres has had an injury ravaged season and only returned from injury for the 3rd time this season (after 2 months out) against Leeds so I wasn't expecting fireworks from him.
We've made a lot of progress over the last 10-15 years and we get that bit closer each year.
Despite yesterday I don't believe we're that far off - but we desprately need that big game mentality that Ryan Hinchliffe and Sam Rapira will bring with them.
How bad is it though? Unusual and unpleasant, and no afters after his tea, but isn't 4 games the sort of sentence they dish out for serious foul play? The world's gone mad. It's political correctness gone mad.
Spitting at someone, biting, hair pulling, eye gouging etc have no place in life never mind sport. That was the case long before PC.
If TGG wants to keep it's family reputation it needs to send out the right message in these cases.
If Tony Smith was getting abuse from the crowd that also needs stamping out.
As far as the biff goes I see that as part of RL as long as it doesn't step over the line towards GBH.
I enjoyed the game and thought Bentham had a good performance. The odd thing that was wrong but nothing to change the course of the outcome. Thought Leeds were poor after the first 25 minutes, they should've wrapped it up but lost their focus. Huddersfield came back well though to be fair and should have won it themselves.
Whilst i like McDermott and think he speaks a lot of sense, i thought his post match interview was tosh. Both teams were trying all they could to slow down the play the ball, probably Leeds more than Huddersfield when they got on a roll in the 2nd half. Peacock got penalised at least twice for flopping.
Although i enjoyed the game, it wasn't a high quality one. Too many poor errors and needless penalties - should've taken note of how South Sydney played
To say one is captain and one is vice captain I thought Brough's and Ferres's discipline was appalling.
Lack of discipline and composure, ###### defensive line speed, bad starts (to both halves), only playing for 40-50 mins. It was all there from last season from the Giants.
Positives were coming back from 18 down to lead at Leeds, Lawrence as solid as ever in his first game after coming back from injury, thought Ellis took the line on well and Wood looked decent (needs to start instead of Lunt who looked like he wanted to play for the opposition).
Need to up the ante pronto.
Leeds weren't much better - a draw probably what both teams deserved.
I did like the way Brian McDermott said it wasn't the time to mention it but then proceeded to spend the rest of his interview mentioning it.
It was a rubbish crowd, I was there wishing I was at Cas.
2009 Huddersfield.v.Hull 10,459.
I wish I'd have been at Cas too.
For season ticket holders it was a 'Bring a Buddy' for £15 game. Then all we see from the Giants is tripe. Ken Davy must be pulling what hair he has left out. The poor Buddies didn't even see the Giants score a point never mind a try.
Hull's line speed was way better that ours and it makes a huge difference. Hull were making yards before any contact - Hull were in our faces and forced errors out of us.
I said at half time we hadn't woken up and that we'd take it up a gear in the second. How wrong I was - in the end we seemed in reverse and could catch a cold. Some of the passing was shocking. Talk about being rusty, more like corroded. Hope it's just a blip.