8th February 2019, 11:23 | super_league

Frawley looking to improve

Frawley looking to improve

Huddersfield Giants scrum-half Matt Frawley is hoping to learn fast after enduring a tough baptism in Betfred Super League.

The Australian, who has been handed the daunting task of replacing points machine Danny Brough, was part of the Giants team mauled 34-14 by Salford Red Devils in the opening match of the season.

It does not get any easier for Huddersfield, who take on Catalans Dragons in Perpignan on Saturday, but at least Frawley can look forward to the prospect of higher temperatures in the south of France.

“The result wasn’t what we hoped for but I got a taste of what Super League is like,” the former Canterbury Bulldogs player said.

“I was just happy to get out there and play footy. I don’t think it was one of my best games of rugby and there’s a lot to work on, lots of room for improvement for me.

“The boys have said the south of France is a nice part of the world so I’m looking forward to getting away for a few days and it’s a bit warmer down there so I’m looking forward to that.

“Everyone says they get a good crowd down there and they’re really hard to beat in France so I’m expecting a hard game but I’m confident we can get a result.”

Frawley found himself with an unexpected half-back partner for his debut with 20-year-old Izaac Farrell drafted in at short notice for the injured Lee Gaskell - and he is set to keep the role for Saturday’s game.

“It wasn’t ideal but I thought Faz did a really good job,” Frawley said. “He was on debut and I thought he was one of our better players.”

Sam Tomkins, Matty Smith and Matt Whitley will all make their home debuts for the Dragons, who lost to Castleford Tigers in their opening game.

While both Huddersfield and the Catalans seek to get off the mark, Warrington Wolves and Hull KR will be hoping to capitalise on impressive starts when they meet at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

The Robins pipped Hull FC in their opening game while the Wolves demolished Leeds Rhinos in emphatic fashion.

Hull KR coach Tim Sheens said: “We enjoyed the moment last week but Warrington are a different beast at their place, they showed just how good they are the way they went through Leeds.

“They are probably one of the favourites this year so a win over there would be great for us.”

Warrington coach Steve Price is forced to change his side after losing Ben Westwood and Toby King to suspension while Sheens will also ring the changes.

“Just because you win doesn’t mean you don’t tweak the side,” Sheens said. “There aren’t any major changes, but I am going to make some.”

Price said: “Hull KR are a much-improved team from where they were last year and have made a number of quality player acquisitions.

“They will bring us different challenges and we as a group are really looking forward to it.”