Huddersfield Giants coach Simon Woolford is set to name some more experienced half backs than in recent weeks to take on Hull and has indicated they will remain the halves pairing for the rest of the season.
The Giants have fallen to joint bottom of the table with three games remaining, resulting in youngsters Oliver Russell and Tom Holmes being swapped out for Lee Gaskell and Matt Frawley for tonight’s trip to the KCOM Stadium in an attempt to save their Super League status.
Woolford was quick to defend the young pairing, insisting that the decision to go with more experience was to take the pressure off Russell and Holmes with so much at stake.
“The position we’re in is high pressure and with the two young halves we just felt in the last game they didn’t quite get their jobs right,” he told The Yorkshire Post’s Dave Craven.
“There’s a lot of pressure on them and – let’s make it clear – there’s some other guys in our middles who didn’t either and that made it even more difficult for the halves.
“But we didn’t want to put them into another must-win game scenario this week.
“We thought we’re better off going to our most experienced pairing where we won some games earlier in the year with Frawls and Gaskell.”
“We’ve decided to go back to that for the next three weeks.”