Woolford cross over “three Easters”

HUDDERSFIELD Giants coach Simon Woolford says the number of early season postponements affecting his team means the Giants will be subjected to the equivalent of three traditional Easter weekends this season.
Around the same time rock band The Darkness dubbed their new album Easter Is Cancelled, Super League did just that by scrapping the usual two entire rounds over the holiday break.
However, speaking after the 12-10 boilover victory against champions St Helens at Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday night, Woolford said in relation to the Wednesday night Challenge Cup clash with Toronto: “We’ve got another quick turnaround – it’s difficult.
“You look at our whole season, we’ve got two games to make up.
“We’ve got a quick turn-around and we’ve got the Leeds game to make up and we’ve got the Wakefield game that we’re not going to play next week to make up.
“It’s hard yakka. The scheduling is not great. They’ve taken away Easter but we’ve literally got three Easters over the year now.
“It’s really hard work and it’s really something the League needs to look at moving forward next year.
“I mean, full credit for them taking Easter away but the way the scheduling’s worked out now we’re literally going to have three of them, three periods where we’ve got short turnarounds.”
Woolford said the schedule meant player welfare had to come first.
“We came under fire last week for giving the boys a day off,” he said. “They missed one training day but in essence they had three days off so they.
“We gave them that for a reason – because our next month’s Hell.
“We had a nine-day turnaround so we gave them a couple of days to go away and do whatever they wanted and we came under a bit of fire for that but short term, yeah, it’s easy to criticise.
“Long term, you’ve got to give the boys a break when you’ve got the opportunity because we’ve got some periods this year that are just ridiculous,”
In other Friday night Super League games, a last-minute field goal from Blake Austin gave Warrington their 9-8 win over Castleford at Halliwell Jones Stadium while at Belle Vue, Marc Sneyd booted a golden-point one-pointer for a 27-26 win over Wakefield.

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