Brett Hodgson has reflected on yesterday’s draw against Warrington Wolves, saying there are lessons to be learnt from the game, but explained he was proud of his side’s defensive efforts.
A late Jake Mamo try sent the match into golden point, however neither side could find the winning score to claim both points, with the match ending in a draw at 14-14.
But in a match dominated by defenses, Hull again showed their defensive improvements in 2021, conceding only two tries in the game.
Speaking after the game, Hodgson said: “It’s a little bit underwhelming not getting the result, but obviously we will take the point.
“There were plenty of lessons to be learned from that game, but in terms of our attitude to defending in particular, I couldn’t be more proud.
“I thought they asked some pretty good questions of us as a defensive line and I think we came up with the majority of the right answers.
“Obviously I was a little bit disappointed with that last play of the game to give them a chance to tie it up, but again I was really proud of the effort.”
He continued: “I don’t think we asked enough questions of them because we didn’t complete enough sets. I think in the first half we were 0 from 5 set completions in good ball and we just didn’t give ourselves the opportunity to put them under too much pressure.
“We need to be strong on both sides of the ball. Today I thought our defensive intent was outstanding. Offensively we have plenty to look at ahead of next week.”
Hodgson held high praise for Jordan Lane in particular, who claimed the Jacuzzi Elite Performance Man of the Match award having played a significant role in both of Hull’s tries.
“I thought Laney was excellent for us. He came up with a couple of pivotal moments for our tries.
“He’s been excellent for us throughout the first four weeks of the competition and he is continuing to improve, so he’s a big part to play in the team.”
On the dramatic golden-point period, he added: “I don’t think many people play their best rugby during Golden Point. Your mindset is that you just want to get as far up the field as possible and then have a go at goal.
“We can learn from how we handle those situations a little bit better if we aren’t in a position to go for goal. At the same time, they will probably say the same things about themselves.
“I wouldn’t say we are happy with the point, but I also would say that we were happy not to lose the game in the end.”
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