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Watson’s side had lost the first four Super League games of their reign but joined the draw with a 14-13 victory over Leeds. “It was a shoddy, tough game, but a win is a win,” Watson said.

Last updated: 02/05/21 18:36 pm

Huddersfield players kiss Lee Gaskell after his winning kick

Ian Watson was a happy man after a last-minute goal from full-back Lee Gaskell saw the Huddersfield Giants break their duck in Betfred’s Super League.

The Giants clinched a 14-13 victory over Leeds Rhinos after losing a 12-4 lead, thanks to two tries from skipper Aiden Sezer.

They were also relieved to see Liam Sutcliffe miss three attempts at goal before Gaskell found the target, but they probably deserved the win after refusing three tries.

Ian Watson: Huddersfield Giants head coach feels good after his first Super League win in 2021 |  Rugby League News

Gaskell takes victory for Giants

A final goal from Lee Gaskell saw Huddersfield pip Leeds claim their first Super League victory of the year.

“It feels good,” said Huddersfield head coach Watson, who had overseen four consecutive league losses at the start of his first season at the helm of John Smith’s Stadium.

“It was a sloppy, tough question, but a win is a win. It was important to get out of goal and score points on the board.

“I’m not nervous, I keep my emotion out of that, but when their goal bounced off the crossbar, I thought it was going to be one of those days.

“It was important to get through that because Huddersfield has had a lot of close losses, especially against Leeds, and crossing the line is a very good sign.

Ian Watson: Huddersfield Giants head coach feels good after his first Super League win in 2021 |  Rugby League News

It was a sloppy, difficult question, but a win is a win.

Huddersfield Head Coach Ian Watson

“It probably should have been more comfortable at the end, especially after taking an eight-point lead. We had to handle the game a little better from there.

“We still have things to work on. It’s going to be an ongoing process for a while because the players are still getting used to me and I’m still getting used to the players.”

Leeds were missing 10 players due to injury and suspension, including double-coded international half-back Kyle Eastmond, but still had chances of winning the game, especially thanks to Sutcliffe, who succeeded with just one of his four goal kicks.

Leeds have now lost their last four league games and are out of the Challenge Cup, but head coach Richard Agar is confident with the players coming back that they can still have a successful season.

Ian Watson: Huddersfield Giants head coach feels good after his first Super League win in 2021 |  Rugby League News

Leeds head coach Richard Agar missing 10 players for the trip to Huddersfield

“I don’t want to be too hard on Liam because I thought he was our best player, I thought he had kicked the ball well all afternoon,” said Agar, who was forced to using hooker Kruise Leeming as Sutcliffe’s half-back.

“We lost Kyle in the tag team race yesterday but I thought Kruise did a pretty decent job. I would challenge any team to have 10 players and play your best rugby but despite who is and who is ‘s not on the pitch, we had enough to win this game.

“I’m disappointed with the way we shot each other in the foot. I thought we were in a good position at half-time, but I can’t believe the quality that came out 10 minutes after the break.

“Once we took the lead I thought we could have handled it better. It’s important to keep our cool because I think there is a very good football team in there.”

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