As soon as Hull FC’s players leave ‘A&E’ dressing room, they become warriors

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As soon as Hull FC’s players leave ‘A&E’ dressing room, they become warriors

Results are now paramount for the Black and Whites, performances whilst scrutinised are a secondary thought for coach Lee Radford.

The win over Widnes was a case in point.

It was not vintage Hull FC, the performance can be of much better quality, yet the result was vital and now Radford and his players move on.

Radford called the game “tough”, firstly due to the number of players unavailable, secondly the number carrying injuries and lastly players staying on the field when they’re injured. Playing out of position in doing so as a “passenger” in Jamie Shaul’s case.

The players taking the field with injuries are clearly not major injuries but injuries all the same that restrict you in gaining maximum performance.

Currently the physio room pre-game is like an A and E doctors room on a Saturday night. Plenty of pain killing injections administered to an array of body parts to the players.

Take Scott Taylor as a prime example.



GREAT EFFORT: Scott Taylor goes close to scoring for Hull FC against Widnes.

GREAT EFFORT: Scott Taylor goes close to scoring for Hull FC against Widnes.

With ongoing shoulder problems, he flies to Denver and plays in 30 degrees (and was absolute quality) before flying back home and playing for his club in a must-win game and putting every ounce of energy into a massive contest.

Jake Connor left the field for his country with a “stinger” injury to his shoulder but showed his commitment to the Black and Whites’ cause on Friday.

The players will do anything to take the field for the good of their mates and their club.

You can certainly understand Radford’s comments on just how tough his team were on Friday.



HULL FC COACH: Lee Radford.

HULL FC COACH: Lee Radford.

The biggest positive is lessons were learned in a tight game.

With the match in the balance his players found a way to win rather than lose it as in previous weeks.

It’s onto another big game away at Huddersfield tomorrow.

A win would heap the pressure on the teams above them in the table.

Warrington travelling to Wigan before on Sunday Castleford taking on Leeds.

Huddersfield, off the back of a hammering at Hull KR last Friday night, will respond in terms of physicality.



Hull KR v Huddersfield Giants

Hull KR v Huddersfield Giants

Their players will show more aggression and quality after such a poor loss and FC must physically turn up ready for battle.

The result once again tomorrow overshadows any vintage performance.

A win this week may well see the Black and Whites edge closer to Warrington, Castleford or both.

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