Giants Reaction

ROYCE Simmons shouldered the responsibility of Saints’ 18-40 loss at Huddersfield on Saturday.

He said with a depleted squad he tried to make things simpler for his team and that may have led them to play “too negatively”.

“We had 17 players and they did too so there are no excuses,” he said. “I probably buggered up a little today. I tried to make things simpler because of the changes.

“We lost Kyle early in the week and didn’t know whether Flannery would be playing so there were a lot of changes. Nathan Ashe also came into the halves. I tried to make things simpler for the players because of those changes and perhaps we should have stayed as we were really.

“We probably played a bit negative and therefore I would take most of the blame for the result.

“Credit to Huddersfield though, they played really well. Both sides would have come here wanting to stay amongst the leaders after their big wins yesterday and wanted to perform well too.

“And they did that.”

He continued: “I thought young Scott Hale did well on his debut. He went quite good considering he was thrown in late and showed me he has a future.

“James Roby was magic again too, fantastic. I have said before that you just wind him up and he keeps on going.”

Saints lost Chris Flannery in the warm up and his leg injury – suspected to be a recurrence of his hamstring problem – will be assessed on Monday. Josh Perry broke a bone in his hand – possibly a knuckle.

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