Magic Weekend 2022: what the coaches had to say on day 2 of the Super League at Newcastle’s St James’ Park | rugby league news


Daryl Powell’s joy at Warrington’s win was tempered by Gareth Widdop’s injury

We collect the best phrases from the coaches on Day 2 of the Betfred Super League Magic Weekend in Newcastle….

Rowley regrets Salford’s slow start

Paul Rowley believes his Salford Red Devils team had a lot to do after a 30-18 loss to Huddersfield Giants in the opening game of Day 2 of Magic Weekend.

Two tries from Jermaine McGillvary helped set the stage for the Giants to move up to third place in the Super League table as they claimed victory at St James’ Park.

Sam Luckley celebrated his attempt at St James' Park with a nod to Newcastle great Alan Shearer!

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Sam Luckley celebrated his attempt at St James’ Park with a nod to Newcastle great Alan Shearer!

Sam Luckley celebrated his attempt at St James’ Park with a nod to Newcastle great Alan Shearer!

The Red Devils threatened a comeback early in the second half after attempts by Brodie Croft and Newcastle native Sam Luckley, but were eventually outplayed by Huddersfield.

“We looked like a team that had just gotten off the bus after a three-hour drive and they looked like a team that had been getting Swedish massages,” Rowley said.

“We were slow at the start and we lacked energy and gave ourselves too much of a deficit.

“But we were beaten by a better team, who are where they are in the league because they deserve to be there. I have nothing but respect for them as a club.”

Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson says Ash Golding made a huge difference off the bench when they beat the Salford Red Devils at Magic Weekend.

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Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson says Ash Golding made a huge difference off the bench when they beat the Salford Red Devils at Magic Weekend.

Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson says Ash Golding made a huge difference off the bench when they beat the Salford Red Devils at Magic Weekend.

The Giants’ victory came on the same day that head coach Ian Watson signed a contract extension to stay at John Smith’s Stadium until at least the end of 2026, ending rumors of a move to the NRL.

“I talk to people in the NRL quite a bit,” Watson said. “I had some agents contact me and ask if I would be interested in going there, but I haven’t spoken to any of the clubs about it.”

The former Salford boss also praised Huddersfield’s performance and praised their resilience in the match.

“I thought we were really good,” Watson said. “We talked a lot during the week about resiliency and going back to our processes because we definitely got through them against Hull KR and Castleford – it was a really tough, resilient performance.”

Widdop will miss the rest of the season, confirms Powell

Gareth Widdop will miss the remainder of the 2022 Super League season after suffering a dislocated shoulder in Warrington Wolves’ win over Catalans Dragons.

Widdop, capable of playing as a full-back or midfielder, sustained the injury in the process of scoring the first try of the match with just three minutes remaining and immediately left the field.

Wolves head coach Daryl Powell now expects the England international to be out for the rest of the campaign.

“He dislocated his shoulder and I’m pretty sure he won’t be playing again this year,” Powell said.

Warrington Wolves head coach Daryl Powell says his team wants a chance in the top six after their strong performance against Catalans Dragons.

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Warrington Wolves head coach Daryl Powell says his team wants a chance in the top six after their strong performance against Catalans Dragons.

Warrington Wolves head coach Daryl Powell says his team wants a chance in the top six after their strong performance against Catalans Dragons.

“It’s really tough for him. He’s one of the bravest players you’ll probably see. It took him about 10 minutes to get back in and he’s in a lot of pain. He had to put him back in and that’s a big injury.”

Powell praised the way his team bounced back from last week’s disappointing loss to Salford to sideline a side that started the weekend in third place in the Super League table and believes his players have shown they have what it takes to launch an unlikely playoff push.

“It gives us a platform and something to build on,” Powell said. “I keep showing the players the table and there’s no reason to start worrying about it, we just have to run.”

The Catalans suffered their own blow when captain Ben Garcia was sent off with a nasty cut and head coach Steve McNamara laid bare the extent of the injury.

Catalans Dragons head coach Steve McNamara says his team have to perform better than today after being handily beaten by the Warrington Wolves.

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Catalans Dragons head coach Steve McNamara says his team have to perform better than today after being handily beaten by the Warrington Wolves.

Catalans Dragons head coach Steve McNamara says his team have to perform better than today after being handily beaten by the Warrington Wolves.

“Almost ripped his ear off,” McNamara said, adding, “Couldn’t sew up.

“We’ll have to see if he’s going to have surgery now and maybe delay our flight or if he’s going to have to get back on his own. We’re waiting to see what the plastic surgeon says.”

Garcia joined a growing list of absent Catalan players, with at least eight first-team starters absent against Wolves due to a combination of injury and suspension, but McNamara refused to make any excuses.

“We weren’t good enough, we offered Warrington too much time and space and if you give them that, we got what we deserved,” McNamara said.

McGuire’s sympathy for kicker Coote

Danny McGuire was quick to defend Lachlan Coote after the side’s problems with his boot in Hull Kingston Rovers’ 34-28 derby loss to Hull FC in the weekend’s final game.

The Robins outscored their opponents by six attempts against five, including a Mikey Lewis hat-trick, and also disallowed four, but Lachlan Coote had a bad day with the boot, making just two of his six attempts on goal. .

McGuire, who played Tony Smith until the arrival of new head coach Willie Peters, refused to use the disallowed attempts as an excuse for the loss and came to Coote’s defense.

“The goal kick is not easy, I was not good for that,” he said. “Cootey practices like no one I’ve ever seen before.

Hull KR caretaker head coach Danny McGuire says his players 'took pride in the badge' despite being narrowly beaten by rivals Hull FC.

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Hull KR caretaker head coach Danny McGuire says his players ‘took pride in the badge’ despite being narrowly beaten by rivals Hull FC.

Hull KR caretaker head coach Danny McGuire says his players ‘took pride in the badge’ despite being narrowly beaten by rivals Hull FC.

“No problems there. He’ll be the first one in training camp on Wednesday and probably the last one out. It would have been nice if they were gone, but it wasn’t today.”

“I’ll have to go back to look at the disallowed attempts, but they’re gone. No issues there, I’m not looking to make excuses.”

Hull FC were short of 12 players, with head coach Brett Hodgson recruiting Jack Walker, Josh Simm and Ellis Longstaff on loan and giving academy products Matty Laidlaw and Charlie Severs their Super League debuts.

Longstaff, a 20-year-old second rower brought in from Warrington, scored two tries in a memorable performance, while St Helens winger Simm also entered the scoring to the delight of Hodgson.

Ellis Longstaff puts Hull FC ahead on their debut against rivals Hull KR at Magic Weekend.

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Ellis Longstaff puts Hull FC ahead on their debut against rivals Hull KR at Magic Weekend.

Ellis Longstaff puts Hull FC ahead on their debut against rivals Hull KR at Magic Weekend.

“We’ve faced a little bit of adversity in the last six weeks, with players that weren’t available and a couple of results against us,” Hodgson said.

“That was the catalyst for a little change and I thought the changes we made this week were fundamental to our performance. They gave the guys a little bit of rebound and I think we saw him with a little bit of freedom in the way he played.

“It’s a performance and there are still a lot of things we need to improve on, but at the same time it was about getting the win and I’m very grateful that we did. We were a bit lucky, to be honest, but we haven’t.” I had a lot during the last period.”

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