Radford remains positive

Hull FC coach Lee Radford says his team will learn a lot from their 42-10 defeat to Castleford on Boxing Day.

The Black and Whites left out a number of their senior players from the game.

“For one or two blokes it’s probably a conditioning run out that they wouldn’t have had – they would have probably nursing a hangover after Christmas I’m sure!” Radford said.

“For the likes of Washy, Josh Bowden and Greeny, it would have been good physically for them.

“What today was about was some of our younger blokes stepping up or falling by the waist side and I felt some really did.

“Hopefully they’ll all learn from this, the young fellas, and be better for it.

“Some did themselves justice and one or two others has advertised the fact how far away from first-team football they are.

“As a coach, what I needed to get out of that game was really helpful.”

Hull FC next face Hull KR, before clashes against Toronto Wolfpack, Salford Red Devils and Doncaster.

“The next game will do against KR and the one after against Toronto will do exactly the same,” Radford said.

“It’s a different environment on County Road when a coach is screaming at you telling you you’re doing things wrong.

“When you do those things wrong at the Jungle against 5,000 people, it becomes slightly embarrassing and the pressure cranks up a bit.

“Hopefully they’ll all learn from this, the young fellas, and be better for it.”

Head coach Lee Radford remained upbeat despite his side being on the wrong side of the scoreline yesterday against Castleford Tigers.

The Black and Whites fell to a 42-10 defeat at the hands of Daryl Powell’s men in the inaugural Harrison-Bryan Trophy tie at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle on Boxing Day.

Radford fielded a young side with a few senior players, including the likes of captain for the day Danny Washbrook, and came up against a very strong Tigers team, which included the likes of new signing Zak Hardaker and captain Michael Shenton.

Despite the lopsided scoreline, Radford believes it what was good for some of the more experienced players to get a run out and was impressed with some of the younger players.

“For one or two blokes it’s probably a conditioning run out that they wouldn’t have had – they would have probably nursing a hangover after Christmas I’m sure!” he said.

“For the likes of Washy, Josh Bowden and Greeny, it would have been good physically for them. What today was about was some of our younger blokes stepping up or falling by the waist side and I felt some really did.

“Hopefully they’ll all learn from this, the young fellas, and be better for it.”

Lee Radford

“Some did themselves justice and one or two others has advertised the fact how far away from first-team football they are.

“As a coach, what I needed to get out of that game was really helpful.”

The Airlie Birds have a week’s rest before they are back in pre-season action against city rivals Hull Kingston Rovers at the KCOM Stadium.

With clashes against Toronto Wolfpack, Salford Red Devils and Doncaster to come in pre-season as well, Radford believes the next few games will be a good learning curve for the younger members of the squad.

“The next game will do against KR and the one after against Toronto will do exactly the same,” he said.

“It’s a different environment on County Road when a coach is screaming at you telling you you’re doing things wrong.

“When you do those things wrong at the Jungle against 5,000 people, it becomes slightly embarrassing and the pressure cranks up a bit.

“Hopefully they’ll all learn from this, the young fellas, and be better for it.

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