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  • Tetleys Challenge Cup
  • Fifth Round
  • 11th May 2008
  • KO 13:15
  • Att: 6,618

Sharp rues Giants errors

Huddersfield boss points the finger after cup exit

Last updated: 11th May 2008   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Sharp rues Giants errors

Sharp: Cup anguish

The full-back's job is to catch the ball. That's what he gets paid to do.

Jon Sharp
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Huddersfield coach Jon Sharp pulled no punches after watching his side crash out of the Carnegie Challenge Cup with a 42-22 defeat at Hull KR.

Sharp blasted his side's inept defensive display as he saw his players relinquish a 12-0 lead as Rovers ran riot with four tries in the second quarter of the game.

To the Giants credit they fought back admirably to level the scores at 22-22, however their defensive frailties were once again exposed as Rovers went on to score 20 unanswered points.

"A couple of individuals hurt us today," said Sharp.

Crazy

"They didn't have the best days and didn't handle some of the errors that they came up with and ultimately we paid the price for that."

Full-back Rod Jensen, in particular, had a game to forget after he was exposed under the high ball on numerous occasions.

"We're aware of the situation," added Sharp. "It might sound a bit crazy but we're encouraged that we're defending full sets.

"It's the kicks that we're conceding tries from which is something that we're working on.

"The full-back's job is to catch the ball. That's what he gets paid to do."

Morgan praise

Despite sluggish starts at the beginning of both halves, Rovers battled back to ease their way to a comfortable victory - much to the delight of head coach Justin Morgan.

"We're getting there, slowly but surely," said Morgan. "Ball control is a bit of an issue but I'll put that down to the weather.

"Overall I thought it was a very convincing display. The slow start is a little bit of an issue but we stayed composed and our kicking game was very good."

Second row forward Ben Galea will go for hospital scans this week after going off with a knee injury.

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