Hull feeling effects of busy schedule, says Andy Last

Hull coach Andy Last says his players felt the effects of playing their third game in 10 days in their defeat to Wigan.

The Black and Whites lost 36-4 against the Warriors in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday – and Last has little time to pick his players up for their next game against Salford next Thursday.

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Last said: “We’re just throwing players out there. We had one session leading into a quarter-final of the Challenge Cup against Wigan.

“We’re in a very tough spot and we’re not getting much time to fix things up. It’s tough for everybody and we have just got to get on with it.

“It was a tough loss today. We spoke about starting the game well, completing our sets and kicking well and unfortunately we just didn’t do that.

“There were just too many unforced individual errors coming out of yardage and it punished us. It really gasses you. We didn’t put any sort of pressure on them.

“We were clunky in attack but I thought we were getting into the game after 30 minutes. We were better in the second half but the first half wasn’t where it needed to be.

“I feel this group of players lack belief when we go up against a top four team. We looked to be in a little bit of awe of Wigan and that’s something that was also evident against Warrington.

“We needed to impose ourselves on the game and we didn’t do that until 30 minutes had gone.”

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