Fetuli Talanoa has made an honest assessment of his performances since making his return from injury, but says he knows what improvements need to be made to get back to his best.
After a ten-week layoff through an ankle injury, Talanoa played in the final two fixtures of the regular season, but failed to pick up his form from where he left off back in May, with a record of 12 tries in Super League prior to his setback.
The former South Sydney Rabbitohs winger has used the week without a game to reflect on his recent performances and he says he hopes to return to his best form against Wakefield tomorrow night.
“I’ve been below par in general since making my comeback, but mainly the contact side is where I’d like to improve. It’s been two weeks now, but I’m feeling good and hopefully my form can improve this week,” he said.
He added: “Personally, I’ve been below where I want to be. I know I need to pick my game up because I’ve been a bit rusty in the last two games.”
The Black & Whites will need no motivation to prepare for tomorrow’s game against Wakefield, with Trinity registering a 72-10 win over Hull last month.
Far from their average performance on that day, the Airlie Birds know exactly what areas they have to improve on to prevent Wakefield finding life too easy again.
Talanoa insists that Hull FC are prioritising focusing on their own performances rather than worrying about where their opponents will be most dangerous.
“We’ve just been focusing on getting ourselves right. If we can be the team that we can be and put our best performance in, we know that we’re a great team,” he said.
“We’re looking for redemption. We need to put right what happened a couple of weeks ago and that’s in every player’s mind this week.
“Like I said, we’ve just had to focus on ourselves and make sure we do the things that we can do better for this game.”