Brett Hodgson admits defeat is difficult to sum up

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Hull Head Coach Brett Hodgson admitted it was difficult to sum up what happened as his side fell to a 62-16 defeat to Leeds.

It was a fourth defeat in a row for Hodgson’s side, who could slip out of the play-off places tonight if Hull KR beat Toulouse by  30 points.

Hull had been in the game, and trailed by only six points in the second half, but then went on to concede seven unanswered tries for what turned out to be a humiliating defeat.

Hodgson admitted he and everyone at the club was hurting after that.

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“It’s quite difficult to sum that up at the moment,” he said. “We’re all hurting and I’m sure the fans are and everyone at the club.

“We didn’t start with great intent- we let in two soft tries early and got back into it, but the tries we conceded at the end of the first half weren’t good enough.

“We gave ourselves a chance at the start of the second half, but the last 25 minutes I genuinely don’t have a reason for that. They had 13 or 15 sets in that period, and we couldn’t get the ball back and we weren’t willing to do enough to stop them scoring, which is hugely disappointing.”

Hull are missing a number of key players through injury. They had to re-shuffle their backline again due to an injury to Cam Scott, but the FC boss made no excuses for his side’s lack of resilience in the second half.

“We’re battling with personnel at the moment, with players injured and playing out of position. We really struggled to grab hold of that last 25 minutes,” he admitted.

“I’ve tried to eradicate these types of defeats from our DNA at Hull FC. But we fell back into old habits today which is just not OK.”

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2 Comments

  1. Hodgy was a great player – fantastic career – however his coaching record at Widnes Academy & Western Suburbs Magpies was bang average – as he has been in his current position – making Josh Reynolds his marquee signing despite his poor last 2 seasons as an NRL player has only added to supporters questioning his ability to be the coach to lead Hull FC on to bigger & better things.
    A club as big as Hull FC can’t afford to let rookie coaches learn on the job – we need a proven top class coach to come in & turn things round – quickly!

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