Lee Radford has heaped praise on youngsters Jack Brown and Connor Wynne for the role they played in yesterday’s dramatic Golden Point victory over Catalans Dragons in Perpignan.
18-year old prop Jack Brown scored with the very first touch of the ball on his Super League debut for the Black & Whites, while young full-back Connor Wynne crossed for his first try for the Airlie Birds after making his debut last weekend.
The dramatic encounter saw Hull concede a try to the hosts in the final minute to seemingly let a deserved victory slip. But the ever-reliable Marc Sneyd stepped up to deliver a 50 metre penalty goal to level the scores after the final hooter, before slotting over his second Golden Point drop-goal of the season just moments later.
A jovial Lee Radford said after the game: “The Golden Point might be the greatest invention in Rugby League history!
“Jack Brown and Connor Wynne are our two East Hull warriors - they’ve both come through the junior ranks over there and I’m so proud for the pair of them.
“Levy (Nzoungou) looked really tidy in the ruck too and he carried with a bit of grunt. To have two kids on debut and come here and get a result is really quite remarkable, especially with all the challenges we’ve had thrown at us. It’s a huge credit to the group.”
On the match, Radford added: “It’s our best performance of the season so far, and now we’re sat joint-third in the table. With us having so many injuries too in recent weeks, we’re probably not getting the credit we deserve for this at the minute.
“We’re heading straight home now - you really could call it a smash and grab win.”
At the other end of the age spectrum, Radford also gave credit to veteran forward Gareth Ellis, as well as the Black & White fans who made the trip to the South of France.
“Some of Gareth’s shots on people were head rocking and I’m sure some of those Catalans boys will have sore heads in the morning after running at him.
“On the fans, we had a walk around Perpignan this morning and the amount of Black & White and bright blue shirts was remarkable - the noise our away fans make is remarkable and it was the same again today.”
However, Radford voiced his frustration at the number of penalties awarded to the hosts in the match, adding “If Golden Point is the best rule, the worst might be when the other side earn a penalty when you have a man trying to get out the back of the ruck - I can’t tell you how frustrated I am with that today.
“I’ve spoken to the RFL about it and we need a coaches meeting for it to be sorted out. The NRL have sorted it and it’s working for them so we need to revert to what they’re doing over there.
“It could have cost us a game today which I don’t believe we deserved to lose. Ultimately, it is cheating.”
Radford also explained supporters can expect several players to return from injury next week for the Good Friday Derby, saying: “There will be some troops coming back for next week, as well as our two suspensions.”