CCC Semi: Post-match Reaction.

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Giants’ coach, Nathan Brown, was elated with his team’s achievement in reaching the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final at Wembley saying:

“Going to Wembley for the first time in 50 (sic) years is obviously going to be a big thrill for everybody.

“Our defence was pretty good and our ability to keep them from scoring was key. We certainly gave them plenty of chances. But I couldn’t fault our effort and commitment; pretty well everyone contributed something to the win.

“Ten weeks ago we wouldn’t have won that game, we just weren’t ready. But we’re building steadily and I think there’s more to come.

“Getting to Wembley can really help to build the profile of the club and I’m really happy for (chairman) Ken Davy who has backed the club with his own money.

Brown praised the efforts of fullback and man of the match, Brett Hodgson, saying:

“He’s a smart player and tough too, with excellent leadership. Although he was signed before I took the job it was a capture I’d applaud.”

“I thought they scored a couple of good tries from set plays early on that came off for them and that set them up,”

admitted Saints coach Mick Potter.

“But we could have executed a little better. We’ve been up and down for a few weeks now though. They came up with some good defence though and you have to give them credit for that.”

Potter backed halfback, Kyle Eastmond, to grow from the experience saying:

“He’s a tough kid and he did his best. He was carrying a knock late in the game but he toughed it out for the team. It’s hard for a young kid to come and play number seven these days, it’s a very demanding position to play and he’s adapting well.We didn’t expect perfection and he’s exceeding our expectations at this stage in his career.”