Connor: Derby Performance Best Of 2019

Jake Connor believes yesterday's victory over Hull KR was Hull FC's best performance of the season so far.

Jake Connor believes yesterday’s 56-12 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers was Hull FC’s best performance of the season so far.

Lee Radford’s side notched their seventh win of the 2019 season by comprehensively defeating arch city rivals Hull KR, keeping them in joint-third spot, as the Black & Whites scored six second half tries against the Robins.

Recording their biggest points haul since defeating Catalans Dragons in the Challenge Cup in 2017, Connor believes that Hull’s win yesterday was their best performance of the season so far.

“When the game was tight at half-time, the key thing for us was that we didn’t panic. We managed to keep our heads and we played most of our rugby in their half,” he said.

“We all came together as a team and that was the best we have played all year.

“We moved it around a little bit in the second half. Albert Kelly attacked at fullback and I defended at fullback, so that seemed to work well for us, too.”

Over 20,000 supporters were inside the KCOM Stadium to watch the 233rd instalment of the Hull Derby, and it was the biggest attendance for the Airlie Birds since 2015.

It was Jake Connor’s first competitive Derby on home soil yesterday, and he marked the occasion with a try to get the scoring underway in the seventh minute.

He told hullfc.com what it was like to play in the Derby in front of so many supporters.

“The atmosphere was just something else and it was really special for me to play in my first competitive Derby match at home,” Connor told hullfc.com after the match.

“I’ve never played in front of a crowd like that before and it just shows what the rivalry means to the people of the city.”

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