Huddersfield Giants are ready to feed on the return of fans, says Darnell McIntosh Yorkshire News

Darnell McIntosh celebrates his attempt. Bruce Rollinson frame

They head to the Warrington Wolves next Monday night in search of just a second win of the year in the Super League.

Like most, it will be the first time they have played in front of supporters in 14 months and up to 4,000 are expected to be allowed into Halliwell Jones Stadium.

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After being knocked out of the Betfred Challenge Cup by St Helens on Friday night, albeit with another encouraging display in the 23-18 loss, Huddersfield are eager to make up lost ground in the Super League.

“The main thing in that Warrington game is the fans coming back,” said McIntosh, who made two attempts against the Saints.

“That is especially true for the fans themselves.

“We have been building these last weeks, getting good performances.

“We got the win against Leeds Rhinos, our first win in the league, but the performances have also been improving.

“I don’t think the Saints have been in as tough a game this season as they were on Friday. It’s a perfect opportunity for us when the crowds come back next Monday to feed on that and build again. “

Giants coach Ian Watson hinted after Friday’s loss that he still believes his team can advance to the play-offs despite losing five of its first six Super League games.

Certainly, if they replicate the performance shown against the champion Saints, they will win a lot.

Huddersfield-born McIntosh, 23, said: “Obviously, it’s still annoying to lose like we did, as it’s the Cup – you only get one shot.

“It was not our night. But we walked in and we felt pretty confident.

“We played the Saints two weeks earlier and I think we gave them a good run for their money again.”

In fact, Huddersfield led 12-10 at halftime and looked capable of inflicting the first loss of the season on the league leaders.

He recalled: “At halftime we feel good. The way they celebrated their try in the first half gave us confidence; It made us realize that they hadn’t been in such a difficult game this year.

“We thought ‘this is it, we can do it.’ But the lack of discipline at the beginning of the second half drained the battery and we didn’t have enough position on the field.

“He left us too much to do. They are a good team and they have achieved the victory. Yes, there are positives to take, but it hurts to be out. “

McIntosh showed his quality, however, with a brilliant finish to a well-crafted attempt just before the break, the first of his double.

“The skill levels of Ricky Leutele and Kenny Edwards within me are unreal, so I feel very lucky on the edge,” he said.

“They can create something out of nothing. Fortunately, I was there to figure it out. But I am satisfied with my form. I’m just trying to keep my head down.

“Watto has greatly simplified my role this year. It has let me know what I have to do and I need to do the best I can.

“I feel like I am much clearer on that this season and much calmer. It just allowed me to go out and play my best rugby. “

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This notice was published: 2021-05-09 21:45:05