Lee Radford has explained two-points against Catalans is crucial going into the bust Easter Weekend period, however his side’s minds have been set on the challenge in question this weekend against the Dragons.
Hull take on Steve McNamara’s side in the South of France hoping for their fifth consecutive win in a row - a victory would come as Hull’s sixth in their last eight games, with Radford impressed with the ‘fight’ his side have shown this season.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Radford said: “Getting the two points will put us in a really good mood going into Derby Week - but whatever the result, we’ll be motivated for that. For now, we have to concentrate on this game here and now because a win can see us jump up to third.
“We’ve shown real fight in all but one of our performances this season when we’ve really had our backs to the wall at times this year. We have to do it again on Saturday.”
On facing the Dragons, Radford said: “Obviously they’ve been really strong at home this season apart from that Salford game. They’re a very talented side stacked with some real quality players so we know it’s going to be as tough as ever.
“Every team is a different challenge. Going and facing London is a different challenge to going and facing Catalans so it’s just about adapting to the environment you are in.”
Radford also commented on the significant number of players missing from his side this week, but also explained his delight to see Jake Connor back in action, as well as a second consecutive performance from young full-back Connor Wynne.
“You can only fire a gun with the ammunition you’ve got. You don’t have to be Albert Einstein to work out how many players we have missing this week. We’ll play to our strengths the best we can.
“We need Jake to hit the ground running. Jake at his best would be a real plus for us. He’s a talented boy and we need to see that on Saturday.
“Connor played really well on Sunday and took everything is his stride. He’ll only get better for playing this weekend too.”