Lee Radford says Hull FC were a completely different side in the second half as they scored 38 points after half-time to win the Hull Derby this afternoon.
A first half that was littered with penalties saw the Black & Whites struggle to gain any momentum in the opening 40 minutes, despite leading 18-12 at half-time.
The hosts ran in six second half tries, however, sealing a comfortable Derby Day victory over Hull KR.
And head coach Lee Radford has labelled his side’s second half performance as “outstanding”, helping the Airlie Birds stay joint-third in the Super League table.
“We didn’t do what we spoke about in the first half and that’s probably why we struggled to get any momentum, but we got the game plan right in the second half and we were outstanding,” Radford said.
“We looked at their bench and the lack of middles, which they didn’t have due to injury. We said if we could keep hold of the football then there would be some joy for us and we certainly found that in the second half.
“It’s always nice to beat Hull KR and it’s always nice to do it in that manner. We really wanted to get payback after that Round One loss and I’m sure there will be a lot of Hull FC fans with smiles on their faces going into the weekend.”
The spine players were the catalyst for helping Hull’s go-forward in the second half, with Marc Sneyd, Jake Connor and Albert Kelly playing instrumental roles in building the scoreboard.
Speaking to the media after the game, Radford said: “I thought Jake Connor was tidy. I ended up kicking the bottom of the chair in front of me out of frustration after our first two shift plays, but from there on Jake was really good.”
“I thought Marc Sneyd ran the football a fair bit today, which was pleasing to see with the shackles off him - it must be off the back of signing that new deal!
“From 1 to 17 in that second half, every man was outstanding. There were some really special individual performances which came together as a really strong team effort.”