Ian Watson's Hull FC verdict as Huddersfield Giants coach shares standouts

Ian Watson gave Hull FC credit for a competitive showing in Huddersfield.
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Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson believes Hull FC are 'getting better' despite an 11th successive defeat on Friday night. The Black and Whites lost 24-18 in West Yorkshire, with the Giants boss sharing his thoughts on Hull after the game.

Picking out his standouts, Watson praised the likes of Herman Ese'ese, Jake Trueman, and Logan Moy, with Hull, playing their sixth match under interim coach Simon Grix, having their moments in a game that was there for the taking in parts.

The away side, ultimately, weren't good enough to get the job done, and they had missed chances to rue. However, Watson got the 'challenge' he expected from a more competitive outfit, at least compared to early season results, with the Giants ending their own five-game losing run with just their second home win of the year.

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"You watch Hull, and they're getting better," Watson said post-match. "Herman Ese'ese is getting better week in and week out. He's a handful and a half. Jake Trueman is getting more game-time. He's a better level of player than what they had at the start of the season. We knew they would be challenging.

"The young full-back, Logan Moy, reminds me of Olly Ashall-Bott. He's lightening fast, and he's got some great feet on him. He's got a good future."

Watson also praised his players for getting the job done, with the Giants leading 14-6 and then 24-6 in the second half. They repelled a lot of Hull attacks to take the lead, with the Black and Whites finally finding some joy late on with two tries to take the game to the wire.

"I thought our boys were really good," Watson added. "We knew that Hull were going to be different. They've been getting slightly better at what they've been doing, so we expected a really tough challenge.

"We knew it wouldn't be like it was in the previous two games (50-6 and 56-22 Huddersfield victories). We knew we'd have to work and do the right things to get into the lead. We scored after defending our goal line for three sets, which shows great resilience. It was a nervy finish, but overall, I thought the boys did a great job."

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