IT was interesting to hear Phil Clarke on Sky Sports this week and his take on the criticism of some of the Giants’ tactics by a couple of rival Super League coaches.
The Sky team opened the debate by dismissing Castleford Tigers chief Terry Matterson’s claims that the Giants ‘grapple tackle’. “The Rugby Football League have looked into it and said the Giants don’t have a problem,” confirmed Sky frontman Eddie Hemmings.
Then Wigan legend Clarke, left, focused on the nature of last Friday’s 22-8 triumph for the Giants over the Warriors at the JJB Stadium.
Immediately after the contest, Wigan coach Brian Noble accused the Giants of slowing the game down due to their tackling technique and that it was something the authorities should take a look at.
But Clarke couldn’t see where Noble was coming from.
“I’ve looked at the game twice on video, and I seriously can’t see any difference at all between the tackling technique of the two teams,” he revealed.
“Huddersfield don’t do anything wrong. Maybe they are just better at doing it than their opponents.”
As an ex-Wigan player, who is cherry and white through and through, his comments shouldn’t be ignored.
Furthermore, Clarke’s comments were backed up by fellow Sky summariser and former Warrington Super League coach Paul Cullen – now in charge at Widnes Vikings – who was also full of praise for the way the Giants were defending under Brown.
“They deserve praise, not criticism, for what they are doing,” he said.
Hopefully, rival Super League coaches will now think again before they start accusing the Giants of things they don’t do.