GENTLE URGES HULL TO BUILD ON BULLS WIN
By Matt Holden | Thursday, 14 February 2013
Hull FC coach Peter Gentle has challenged his side to prove last weekend’s victory over Bradford Bulls wasn’t “a flash in the pan” when they face St Helens tomorrow night.
The Black and Whites will travel to Langtree Park in search of a second consecutive win at the ground and seeking to build on an encouraging 28-12 home win over the Bulls on Sunday.
Admitting he was pleased with the response of his side last time out after a disappointing opening round defeat to Leeds, Gentle has now challenged Hull to repeat the performance when taking on the Saints.
“We set a lot of things right last week but it’s what we do off the back of that. We can’t just be a flash in the pan,” said the Black and Whites boss.
“I’m very happy with where we are and there was a bit of confidence and understanding starting to show last week.
“We were probably guilty of passing when we shouldn’t and not passing when we should, but that’s a timing thing and it will improve as people get to know each other and build a few combinations.
“There were a lot of positives to take out of last week’s game, but I don’t believe in brushing aside the negatives either. We’ve had a look at what we did well but we’ve also had a good look at what we did poorly this week, and hopefully we can improve again at St Helens.”
With the Bulls game originally scheduled for last Friday, the Black and Whites had to wait an extra 48 hours to collect their first points of Super League XVIII after an accident on the M62 delayed several players, reporters and supporters’ coaches before a decision was made to postpone the fixture.
Admitting it has led to a reshuffle of his side’s training schedule in preparation for tomorrow’s trip across the M62, Gentle nevertheless says it has been a positive week at the Elite Performance Centre for the Black and Whites.
“The days we have been in haven’t changed, it’s just been what we’ve done on those days,” Gentle added.
“We had a recovery day on Monday and got a lot of our video work done and dusted then. We’ve juggled a few little things but we’ve got through everything we wanted to and it’s the same for St Helens who are coming into the game on the back of a short turnaround too.”