Ian Watson challenges Huddersfield Giants to finish the job after reaching the Challenge Cup final Yorkshire News

Huddersfield celebrate the victory with their fans. (Image:

The Giants didn’t look back after opening the scoring through Josh Jones in the 10th minute, with impressive efforts from Innes Senior and Jermaine McGillvary putting Watson’s men in total control.

Owen Trout stepped up to secure his first final appearance since 2009 and not even Shaun Kenny-Dowall’s last attempt could wipe the smile from Watson’s face.

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“It’s extraordinary,” said the head coach of Huddersfield, whose team will play Wigan Warriors at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 28.

Huddersfield will face Wigan at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. (Image:

“I am made up of the club, Ken (Davy), Richard (Thewlis) and the prop man, people who have been here for a long period of time and have been chasing success.

“It’s the first step for us. When I got here, we said this is what we want to start achieving consistently. Getting to our first grand final in a year and a half is very, very positive for us.”

“But it’s only the first step. We haven’t won anything yet. We’ve reached a grand final and the job now is to continue and win it.”

The Giants got past the Rovers early and didn’t relinquish control of the contest.

Watson was delighted with the way his team executed their game plan.

“How we play and how we train is all set up to win games like this,” he said.

“We were outstanding with the way we completed high and delivered the ball, and our defense was phenomenal.

“We were first class in our processes.”

Once the celebrations are over, Huddersfield will turn their attention to Thursday’s Super League clash with Wigan, which will act as a dress rehearsal for the final.

Watson hopes to have influential striker Chris McQueen available for both games after he limped out of the Elland Road semi-final.

“He pulled his kidnapper a little bit,” McQueen said.

“I just didn’t want to go back out there in the second half and be a bit of a burden there.

“We don’t think it’s that bad. Fingers crossed, not because it’s been huge for us.”

Hull KR’s injury problems piled up into an afternoon to forget in West Yorkshire.

Already without key full-back Lachlan Coote, Rovers lost Kane Linnett just 14 minutes after a bid to play him fell through.

Smith later confirmed that Linnett’s biceps ruptured completely, leaving the Robins without the influential fullback for several months.

“We took a chance on Kane Linnett,” said Smith, who revealed that Jordan Abdull and Elliot Minchella were hit at Elland Road.

“We were hoping it would happen and have an impact on us, but it was a gamble that didn’t pay off.”

On his side’s performance, Smith added: “I thought the first five or 10 minutes we were terrible.

“We didn’t build the game that we hoped to build. We panicked a lot, pushed things and played too much.”

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This notice was published: 2022-05-07 19:02:07

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