Griffin Praises Continued Defensive Efforts

Griffin Praises Continued Defensive Efforts

Josh Griffin has praised the continued defensive efforts of the Black & Whites.

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Josh Griffin has praised the continued defensive efforts of the Black & Whites that have seen the side concede only three tries in their opening two games.

Hull currently host the second best defence in the league after the first two games of the season, with the Airlie Birds making it two wins from two yesterday afternoon defeating Salford 35-4 at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Griffin got his name of the scoresheet for the second week in a row thanks to a well worked try down the left edge, collecting an Adam Swift chip to touch down.

Speaking after the match, Griffin said: “We’ve had some poor results against Salford over the last couple of years, and having watched them against Saints last week, we knew that they had put a good squad together for this season and that we’d have to stay in the grind with them for the full eighty.

“That first twenty minutes against them was as hard as any game I have played in.

“We stayed in that defensive arm-wrestle and they broke first, which allowed us to build and push on in the game. We put our foot on the trottle and scored some good tries.”

He added: “They’ve lost a bit of attack with Niall Evalds going to Castleford, but they have a big physical team that can hurt yo if they’re switched on but we managed to nullify that today.”

Explaining his side’s efforts in defence, seeing FC concede only three tries in the lats two games, he added: “We’re all about that work ethic in defence now.

“We’re a hard team to break down at the moment, and we’ve only concerned three tries in two games, all scored when the game has pretty much already been won too, so that shows we are working hard for each other defensively like Brett has asked of us.”

Desciribing his own performance and that of his wing partner Adam Swift, who assisted Griffin for his try, he said: “I still have some things to work on and I’m still waiting for that second wind to kick on a bit earlier in the game but I’m happy with the way things are going.

“Swifty is a great winger partner. He is a top competitor and someone who knows the game really well. His communication is fantastic and he never stops talking all game.”