Joe Cator said he was “gutted” to not get the win against Wigan Warriors on Thursday night, but believes the Black & Whites can take plenty of positives from the performance.
Hull’s unbeaten run at the start of the 2021 campaign came to an end last night at the hands of Adrian Lam’s side, as they went down 16-14 in a hard-fought contest at the DW Stadium.
Cator picked up the Jacuzzi® Elite Performance Man of the Match award for another mammoth effort at loose-forward that saw him make 61 tackles in the match.
Reflecting on the performance, Cator said: “It was a real tough contest tonight, but unfortunately we haven’t come away with the two points.
“Luckily, we go up against them against next week so we know what they’re about now – we’ll have a look in our video review what we need to fix up and we’ll come out firing again.
“It was a fairly even game and I think it could have gone either way, but in the end it wasn’t our day and we’ll be right there with them again next week.”
He added: “I’m a little bit gutted to be honest.”
On his side’s continued defensive efforts, he said: “”If you look at the way we’ve been building, our defence has been outstanding. We’ve only conceded 16 points at a really tough place to come.
“Everyone has got each other’s backs and is covering for each other which is great to see. It’s great to be a part of us and it gives us some real confidence going forward.
“Brett has put a marker down that defence is the most important thing about us – points come off the back of great defence because we have players who can score off the back of nothing at all. We’re going to score points through our defence, knocking some juice out of them and catching them while they’re tired.
“It was a pretty fifty-fifyt game, and I think we defended our line really well today which is something we have prided ourselves on so far this season. It’s a massive improvement on where we were at last year. We’re always improving.”
And Cator explained that the side come away from the match with positives going into next week’s Betfred Challenge Cup clash against the Warriors at Emerald Headingley.
“We come away from today with some real positives. We won’t be hanging our heads because we’re straight into concentrating on next week’s game against them again.
“It will be another physical battle – our neutral ground, it come be a different game.”
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