What They Said | McDermott, Leutele and Stanley
11/03/2020 by Aiden McNicholas
Speaking ahead of the Wolfpack’s fifth round Challenge Cup clash against Huddersfield, Head Coach Brian McDermott left no doubt as to how his side would be approaching the contest.
“The context of this is that we need to win. We just need to win.”
Discussing the tough start Toronto have had in their maiden Super League season, McDermott maintained the positivity he has shown throughout and backed his squad to perform against the Giants. Given the Challenge Cup runs concurrently with the Super League, there was always going to be discussion surrounding the Wolfpack’s desire to go deep into the competition but McDermott strongly reiterated his desire to win every game he takes charge of.
“Should we win or lose tonight you might think it’s a weekend off during the year to focus on the League or you might say we need a good Cup run to give the team a boost. I don’t think we need to think too deep into any of those, we just need to win.”
The environment created by McDermott’s pre-game message clearly worked for the Wolfpack as they got off to a flying start in difficult conditions at John Smith’s Stadium. Ricky Leutele had two tries beside his name just past the 10 minute mark and speaking after the 18-point triumph, the Samoan international gave the plaudits to his teammates while looking ahead.
“The boys really turned up for each other and hopefully with this win tonight it can be a snowball effect for the season. I’m just enjoying my footy and I just want us to build off tonight’s win and keep winning.”
Chase Stanley played his first game of the year for the Wolfpack and wasted no time hitting his stride, performing brilliantly when called upon against Huddersfield. Post-game, Stanley also referenced the efforts of others that allowed his performance to shine through.
“Our hardworking forwards set a platform for us outside backs to work off. It was enjoyable and the boys really showed up tonight so credit to them. Hopefully that’s the beginning of something special for us. We still have belief inside our camp and that’s all that matters. We just keep believing and keep turning up each week.”
Both Leutele and Stanley saved their final remarks for the Wolfpack fans both home and abroad. Despite a difficult beginning to life in the top division, fans continue to support the Club with passion and energy and that is something clearly not lost on the playing group. Leutele’s message to the fans is that more wins are coming and their commitment is truly appreciated.
“We didn’t start off the way we wanted to this season but we’ve addressed that and with tonight’s win hopefully we can get the ball rolling. The Toronto fans are real good, sticking by us and staying loyal. I love it.”
Stanley is equally excited about what is to come and finished by thanking the fans while imploring them to stay the course with the Club as is looks to get a firm hold in the Super League off the back of a strong Challenge Cup victory.
“Thanks to all the fans. Stick with us. We’re still training hard and pushing each other to be better each day and hopefully we can do something like this every week.”