Radford Hails New Edge Partnership

Lee Radford has been left impressed by the new partnership between Carlos Tuimavave and Ratu Naulago.

Lee Radford has been left impressed by the new partnership between Carlos Tuimavave and Ratu Naulago on Hull FC’s right edge.

The outside back pair have already accumulated five tries between themselves in their first three games playing alongside one another.

Naulago, a former rugby union player on the books at Harlequins, Saracens and Bath, is still adjusting to his new rugby league surroundings.

But the Fijian has started his Hull FC career in fine fettle, supported by a strong centre in Tuimavave.

“It’s a good partnership and they both seem to be getting along really well – they’re like two peas in a pod at training at the moment,” Radford said in his pre-match press conference yesterday.

“It must be nice for Carlos to have a winger with that much speed outside of him, and likewise with Ratu, I’m sure it’s nice to have a player with so much skill and finesse on the inside of him.

“I’ve been very pleased with Ratu since he’s come through the door. He’s developing really, really well and his understanding of the game is getting better and better.

“His defence has been really good. When he comes, he certainly leaves his mark, but his reading and understanding has been excellent.”

The Black & Whites are targeting a fourth consecutive victory against Wakefield Trinity tomorrow night (7.45pm kick-off), after last week’s first home win of the season over Leeds Rhinos.

Radford knows that his side will have to continue their strong vein of form against a well-drilled Trinity side after their 10-6 defeat to Hull Kingston Rovers last time out.

“We’re going to have to be on it tomorrow because we’re coming up against a really good side and two strong, and similar, halfbacks in Jacob Miller and Danny Brough,” he explained.

“Danny has a very similar kicking game to Marc Sneyd and Miller likes to run the ball like Albert Kelly.

“You have got to starve these blokes of possession and make sure that you keep the ball in play to beat this Wakefield side.”

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