Grix Reflects On Saints Defeat

Grix Reflects On Saints Defeat

Interim head coach Simon Grix has reflected on his side’s defeat to St Helens on Friday evening.

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Interim head coach Simon Grix has reflected on his side’s defeat to St Helens on Friday evening.

The Black & Whites went down 58-0 at the Totally Wicked Stadium against a dominant Saints outfit.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Grix couldn’t question his young side’s effort, despite the score-line.

“If you judge the game on the score-line, its not pretty, but it felt a bit different to that. Our effort was good, and our young lads did what we asked them to do – they brought enthusiasm and energy.

“We came undone through experience, up against a determined, relentless St Helens team who were clearly hurting from the weekend.

“Logan Moy at the back got belted a few times, but he got up and got on with it and didn’t let it affect his game. Zach Jebson gave us some energy, and Matty Laidlaw and Will Gardiner were brilliant.

“There’s still a long way to go. But as far as effort goes, they’ve set a baseline to work from there.”

He continued: “It felt different in the sense it looked like we’ve thrown the towel in on occasions at points this season, but that wasn’t the case tonight. We didn’t get beat on effort.

“We’ve got a longer turn around going into the Leeds game, so our sole focus is going to be defence. If you get yourself defending well, you get the ball in better areas and more possession – then we can worry about what we do with the ball in hand.

On his young side, he added: “In terms of the confidence, they’re young and they’re loving the experience. They’re hating the loses obviously, especially with the majority of them being Hull boys, but in the future, they’ll be good lessons to learn from.

“Jack Charles is a talented young player. He could go a long way at this club over a long period of time. But in an ideal world, you bring him into a team that’s playing well and drip-feed his game time, and let him learn and then go back and practice in the Reserves. We are where we are, and he’s given a good account of himself.

Grix also praised FC’s travelling support.

“The fans were brilliant, and the players made it known how much they appreciate them at the end. It’s tough at the moment. All we can say right now is that we’re striving to get back to being that team they can be proud of again. And I’m hoping those young lads did them proud tonight.”

Simon Grix is proudly sponsored by Rowe Freight.