McGuire and Wood delighted with Reserves’ Huddersfield Rout

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McGuire and Wood delighted with Reserves’ Huddersfield Rout

Outside back, Sam Wood was delighted to get back on the field after featuring for Hull KR’s Reserves on Saturday.  The 24-year-old played the full 80 minutes at left centre during the Reserves’ 66-16 mauling of Huddersfield Giants Reserves at Sewell Group Craven Park. 

It was Wood’s first outing since dislocating his patella at Leeds in late April and he said he is ready to return to the first team when head coach Tony Smith call on him: “I felt good it, really nice to get back out there.

“It was important to get minutes under my belt going into another break next week so that I can come back firing for the Huddersfield game in two weeks.  I’ve been ready to play for a couple of weeks, since our break for the Challenge Cup Final and I managed a full week’s training before the Salford game. 

“When Tony needs me, I’ll be ready to go.”

The Robins ran in 11 tries in a rampant display against the Giants.  Full-back Phoenix Laulu-Togaga’e got the hosts off to the perfect start when he scored in the first set of the game, his kick-over bouncing away from the visiting full-back and into his path. 

PLT bagged himself a hat-trick on the day, as did youngsters Bailey Dawson and Connor Barley on KR’s potent left edge. Scrum-half Adam Rusling shone throughout the contest and set up the second try of the match, beating an onrushing defender to fire a pass to right-winger Harvey Horne to dive over. 

Dawson’s first came from a grubber kick for which he patiently waited on the bounce to touchdown, prior to PLT adding his second by dancing through the Giants’ defence. 

A break by stand-off Thomas Verity got KR on a roll once more and later in the set, Korbin Sims’ short pass to Greg Richards saw him crash over. From a Leo Tennison offload, PLT made ground before Rusling was in the clear, finding Dawson who cut underneath to score his second. 

Rusling added his fifth conversion from six attempts and the lead was 34-0 prior to Huddersfield crossing in the left-hand corner with a neat passing move. 

Frustration boiled over for the visitors who saw a man sent to the sin bin for kicking out at Tennison. The pattern of play continued after the break when Barley went over for his first thanks to a simple passing move from a 10m scrum before an almost carbon copy saw him go over again minutes later. 

Those tries sandwiched PLT completing his treble by supporting Rusling’s dart for the line. KR passed 50 when Charlie Cavanaugh’s show and go close to line saw him touch down and it was 54-4. 

The Giants had a mini resurgence when a one-on-one steal close to the Robins’ line resulted in a try and they were given good field position from the next set, forcing their way over for 54-16. 

The hosts had the final say when Rusling was involved yet again with a cut-out pass to Wood who got outside his marker, drew in the winger and put it on a plate for Barley to complete his hat-trick. 

Dawson did likewise with the final play of the match, hitting a great line, as he did all afternoon, from Rusling’s short ball to carry three defenders over the line with him and touch down. 

Reserves’ head coach Danny McGuire said it was an enjoyable afternoon.: “I really enjoyed today. I thought we put in a disciplined, professional performance considering its not ideal preparation in terms of first-team lads dropping down and young boys stepping up. 

“I asked for bags of effort and that’s what I got, well led by the senior boys in Korbs, Greg and Woody, all of whom I wanted to give plenty of game time. This competition is to facilitate for senior players frustrated on not being in the first team and academy lads showing what they can do. 

“I thought our spine players – Cav, Phoenix and Adam Rusling played well, Adam in particular was outstanding. Everything good we did came through him. He has a lot of ability and it’s our job to unearth it every week. 

“Sam Wood put in some great yardage plays and it will stand him in good stead for his next first team opportunity.  I though our young middles was all really good today as well. Zach Fishwick is a hell of a talent and he’s still only 17. 

“I asked Connor Moore to focus more of his energy into defending today and he did that, whilst Leo provided some good offloads and ball carries. I though Bailey Dawson was outstanding too. 

“As I said, I really enjoyed today, being out there in the warm-up with the lads before the game and getting stuck into coaching, working with Kev Deighton, who I really respect as a coach and who sits alongside me helping me out too.” 

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