RISING Giants star Michael Lawrence was today looking to put the disappointment of another controversial defeat behind him and reflect on the latest massive step in his blossoming Super League career.
The 18-year-old former Newsome Panthers junior again put in a performance of great maturity as his hometown club were beaten by Warrington at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
But even though the teenager had never played on such a big stage, he had little trouble rising to the occasion and crowned the day by scoring his first try at Super League level.
However, he admits it was hard to savour on the back of his club’s latest top-flight reverse.
“At the time I was over the moon to score. My first thought was that I’d got out of the naked run!” he admitted.
“But by the end of the game, I’d forgotten all about it, to be honest.
“When we came off the field, all I was feeling was utter devastation.
“To be 22-6 ahead and then give away those quickfire tries early in the second half was tough to take, especially as we thought we’d been handed such a tough call in the process.
“As a group, we felt we deserved far more from the game, so to come up empty again has hit us all hard.
“But we definitely haven’t given up hope. We know we are a good side, and to dominate a quality side like Warrington for as long as we did takes some doing.
“We’ll certainly be holding onto that.”
And although another Super League defeat has hit Lawrence so hard, he felt the experience of being a part of Millennium Magic will stand him in good stead.
“I’ve never played in a game as big as this before, and I have to admit I was nervous,” he added.
“But I loved the whole experience, and to hold my own against a player of the calibre of (Australian Test centre) Matt King has given me another big boost in confidence.
“I’d love to play in something like this again.”