PROUD Giants caretaker coach Keiron Purtill believes the performance that produced last night’s stunning 34-4 Super League win at Wigan has been coming for weeks.
The victory at the JJB Stadium was the first for Huddersfield on the road in Super League this season.
But despite failing to win on their travels in the League on 10 previous occasions this season – they did manage a 24-24 draw at Hull KR in March – the win at Wigan was never in any real doubt as they dominated from start to finish.
And Purtill admitted a performance like last night’s has been long overdue.
“I thought it was fantastic, and the boys really enjoyed it. A performance like that has been coming now for a few weeks,” said Purtill, whose side last sampled Super League success on the road with a 34-22 victory at Warrington on August 31 last year.
“We’ve been doing it in spells and not carrying it through for the full 80 minutes, but we showed what a quality side we are.
“Individually, the players stood up and did their jobs and it was a fantastic win for us. We scored a lot of points which was pleasing but I thought defensively we were heroic at times.
“It’s a monkey off our back to get that first away win of the season, even though we’ve tried not to dwell very long on our poor record on the road.
“And to get our first win at Wigan is a fantastic achievement.”
Yet while it was a night of celebration for the Giants, it was a totally different story for Wigan, whose players were booed constantly and had to suffer chants of ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt!’
And deflated Wigan boss Brian Noble had sympathy for the paying Wigan public.
“I can understand the fans’ frustrations and I can understand them booing because it looked like a lot of people weren’t giving the kind of effort that is required of a team,” accepted the Warriors chief.
Report and pictures – Pages 46 & 47.