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TALANOA: IT WAS A FEELING LIKE NO OTHER

By Tom Stewart | 02/09/2014

Try scorer Fetuli Talanoa is still revelling in Friday's derby win against rivals Hull KR, one of the Black and Whites stand out performers. 

The Tongan opened the Airlie Bird’s try scoring early on and performed magnificently throughout the match, prompting head coach Lee Radford to hail the 26-year old’s ‘immense’ display in his post-match press conference.

Speaking to hullfc.com Talanoa remained modest about his performance but admitted it was a special night in front of the Old Faithful at the KC Stadium.

“It was just amazing to be part of a derby that has supporters that are so passionate about the team, it was a feeling like no other,” he said.

“To get the win against them after they got the better of us twice this season was really satisfying; we just wanted to give the fans something to cheer about.

“These derby games they never get easier so you have to pretty much play your best game to get through it because of the huge rivalry between the clubs.

“I really focused on doing my job for the team and just hope I showed what I can offer.”

The former South Sydney Rabbitoh crashed over in the tenth minute to give the Airlie Birds an early first half advantage but really impressed with his incredible work rate for his side in both attack and defence. 

“Scoring a try anywhere is a bonus but scoring at the KC Stadium in front of a crowd like that, especially considering it was the first try of the match was pretty special.

“It was an important match not only for us as players but our supporters who turn up week in week out to cheer us on.

“We see how passionate they are and we were desperate to match that by putting on that Black and White jersey and giving it our best shot.

“The atmosphere was incredible and it is what I play rugby league for.”

Talanoa believes the victory has kick started a change in the Black and White’s belief, with Sunday’s trip to Huddersfield now an ideal opportunity to carry their derby winning momentum forward.

“From getting that win everyone now has their tails up in training and there is a good spirit amongst the camp.

“We now have another tough challenge coming up on Sunday. Huddersfield have been a good consistent side this year and it’s a big test for us to finish the season on a good note and carry on that winning feeling from Friday’s game.

“It will be a good challenge for us but I’m sure the boys will be up for it.”

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