Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Huddersfield Giants match reaction
AARON MURPHY is hoping his performances in the past two weeks will make it difficult for Giants chief Paul Anderson to leave him out.
The 24-year-old winger missed out on selection in the opening two Super League XVIII rounds to fellow winger Luke George.
But after getting the nod over George in the home win over Wigan and then yesterday’s nail-biting 18-16 success at former club Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Murphy is determined to hold onto his spot.
And on the back of two rock-solid defensive shows and some crucial contributions on attack, he’s feeling a lot more confident.
“I obviously had to be patient for the first two weeks, there was certainly no point sulking about it,” said Murphy.
“But it’s still disappointing to miss out, and it’ll be even more disappointing if I now don’t keep my spot.
“I’ve been pretty happy with the way I’ve played in the past couple of weeks, so I’m hopeful I’ll have done enough.
“I think my defence was okay, and I definitely enjoyed finally showing everyone I’ve got a bit of pace in the build-up to Jerry (McGillvary’s) second try.
“But I know there’s no way I can relax with the quality of wingers we’ve got at the club.
“Everyone knows what top wingers Luke and Jerry are, but we’ve also got Matty Dawson and Ben Blackmore who every knows wouldn’t let anyone down in Super League.
“Having them around does keep everyone on our toes.”
But while Murphy as pleased with his overall performance against the Wildcats, he knows the team display was far from perfect.
“We made it really difficult for ourselves,” he added. “We made far too many silly mistakes, and almost paid the price.
“It’s important we don’t keep doing that.”