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RADFORD PRAISES PROFESSIONAL HULL PERFORMANCE

By Matt Holden | 21/04/2014

Head coach Lee Radford hailed the impact of the players who returned to his side as Hull recovered from a derby defeat four days ago to beat London Broncos 40-4 at the KC Stadium.

Reeling from a last-gasp loss to Hull KR on Thursday, the Black and Whites were impressive in poor conditions as they ran in seven tries to record a deserved win in their second match of the Easter period.

And having rotated his squad by recalling Aaron Heremaia, Ben Crooks, Jay Pitts and Feka Paleaaesina to his line-up, Radford told www.hullfc.com he was pleased with the impact they had on the result.

“I had an opportunity to play Feka or Liam Watts on Thursday and I went with Wattsy due to the fact it was his former club. Feka showed me that I shouldn’t have left that bloke out and on that performance it’s hard to argue with him,” he said.

“Pittsy had a big game for us, Crooksy had a good game too and obviously they’ve been yo-yoing to and from Doncaster on dual reg. They want to put their hand up when they get an opportunity here and I thought they did that today.”

With heavy rain starting to fall shortly before kick-off, Hull dominated the opening 40 minutes and led 22-0 at half-time as Crooks, Jamie Shaul, Jordan Thompson and Jordan Rankin all crossed for tries.

Shaul and Rankin added a second score after the break alongside a Jacob Miller effort and a consolation for London’s Mason Caton-Brown, with Radford full of praise for his side’s display after the game.

“It’s a strange one because if you win by 40 it’s expected and if you lose then you’re really under the pump but I thought it was a professional performance,” he added.

“It’s been difficult getting up off the canvas after Thursday night. The tempo of the game was an Easter Monday tempo so we had to create our own atmosphere within the group and I thought we did that for each other.

“We were really stinging from the derby, by the performance we put in as well as the result. We didn’t do ourselves justice and we wanted to respond with a good performance today.

“We’ve got a two day turnaround to our next game against Wakefield, it’s a chance to have a look at what’s been working for us and what hasn’t, and we can do that with a spring in our step now.”

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