Lee Radford: We turned into a team of officials rather than players

Hull FC coach Lee Radford criticised his players’ attitudes following their defeat to St Helens.

The Airlie Birds went down to a 32-18 defeat to the Saints at the KCOM Stadium on Sunday.

Hull were 6-2 ahead at the break but had little response to Saints’ second half blitz, where they posted 30 points on the board.

Radford said: “We put the ball out on the full and I was really disappointed with the response of some of the players after that.

“We turned into a team of officials rather than players. When you put all your focus on getting a referee to change his decisions that is what happens.

“We knew we had to play for 80 (minutes) and we played for 40. If you respond like we did to a bit of adversity you get beaten.”

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  1. It’s a shame that’s the way the game is going now, players arguing with the ref, moaning with each other THATS NOT TO SAY some times the the Ref is the centre of it all by making some stupid calls. To many rule changes have all but killed the game. Players not giving their all because they don’t get their own way. Sad to say some teams seem to get away with things and others can’t do tight for doing wrong. Still a great game but slowly I feel the people at the top are spoiling the game.

  2. Excellent comments from Mr Radford. Players are responsible for the mess a games becomes and SHOULD know better if they really are PROFESSIONAL. Somehow……..

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