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Mixed emotions for Morgan

Giants boss Brown full of praise for hero Hodgson

Last Updated: 25/06/10 11:40pm

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Hull KR coach Justin Morgan summed up his side's 16-16 draw at Huddersfield by saying: "It feels like going out and drinking non-alcoholic beer."

"It's a bit of an anti-climax and feels a bit like going out and drinking non-alcoholic beer"
Justin Morgan on 16-16 draw with Huddersfield Quotes of the week

The Robins looked set to record a long overdue win on their travels when they led 16-14 with only seconds left to play at the Galpharm Stadium.

A pair of Michael Dobson penalties in the final quarter had put the visitors back in front after they had let slip a 12-0 advantage.

However Brett Hodgson stepped up to save the Giants, landing a penalty with the final kick of the game to bring the scores level.


"It's a bit of an anti-climax and feels a bit like going out and drinking non-alcoholic beer," summarised Morgan.

"But in terms of performance it was fairly consistent for us. We've still fallen off the cliff at certain stages in the game but we were okay.

"If you had said to me after the Cup game that we were going to come back here and get a point I'd have snapped your hand off.

"The players in there are very disappointed and I think that shows some of the confidence we have built up over the last few weeks."

Converted tries from Scott Murrell and Clint Newton had put the Robins 12 points clear before the Giants hit back in fine fashion.

Kevin Brown set up Michael Lawrence to score before the break and then the stand-off crossed himself in the early stages of the second half.

However in the end the hosts needed Hodgson, who is joining Warrington at the end of the season, to keep his cool with a penalty from the touchline to rescue a point.

Frantic finish

"Brett Hodgson is a quality player and his kicking under pressure at the end was terrific," said Huddersfield coach Nathan Brown.

"Players come and go and his departure is definitely a hole that needs to be filled, but I'm sure that the club can do that with the right people.

"It was a frantic last 60 seconds but at least we found a way to get a point.

"Was it a fair result? For effort and defence we definitely deserved to get something out of the game, but you've got to look at the other side of it as well and see where we let ourselves down.

"We're definitely struggling for consistency and we always have three or four players below par.

"The most important thing is get 17 players pulling in the same direction on the same night, and we're not getting that at the moment."

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