Lee Radford says his players will be out for redemption in tonight’s Super 8s opener against Wakefield Trinity, but he insists that they will need no motivation to put in an inspired performance.
Hull FC were heavily defeated 72-10 in their previous meeting with Chris Chester’s side just under three weeks ago, and without a win since the end of June, the Black & Whites are in need of an important two points tonight.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference yesterday morning, Radford was confident that his players are seeking redemption against Wakefield, as well as insisting they have needed no motivation from him for the game.
“It’s been spoken about [the heavy defeat], as well as not spoken about in other areas this week. The players shouldn’t have to get motivated for this one,” Radford said.
“The beauty of the sport we play is that we get a chance to play Wakefield again in three games time and get the chance to make amends.
“I’m not looking for redemption, but some of the players will be. I didn’t miss a tackle that day. As a player, if you put yourself in that position, I’d be stinging watching the highlights back of that game. So like I said, there’s no motivation needed for this week.”
With Josh Bowden, Jake Connor, Albert Kelly and Joe Westerman ruled out for the remainder of the season, the Black & Whites are slowly but surely returning to full-strength, boosted by the returns of Josh Griffin, Fetuli Talanoa and back-to-back Lance Todd Trophy winner Marc Sneyd recently returning from injury.
However, their spells on the sidelines have come at a cost and the trio will all be looking to find some form heading into the Super 8s, something which Radford values strongly.
“For some blokes, I think they need to find a little bit of form. With Sneyd and Talanoa coming back from injury too soon, they have to find some rhythm, obviously,” he said.
“Others need to pick up from where they left off. Josh Griffin is a prime example of that. He’s missed an awful lot of games and so has Sika Manu, so for them trying to find the form they had prior to their injuries is massive.
“Collectively, if you piece all of that together then everyone in the team has got a reason to play well throughout the Super 8s.”