Hodgson Reviews Saints Defeat

Hodgson Reviews Saints Defeat

Brett Hodgson has reviewed his side’s defeat to St Helens, and says his side were punished for their mistakes and didn’t show enough cohesion in attack.

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Brett Hodgson has reviewed his side’s defeat to St Helens, and says his side were punished for their mistakes and didn’t show enough cohesion in attack.

Despite a spirited first-half effort and finding themselves well and truly in the contest at half-time, Hull ultimately went down 24-10 to the reigning champions as the hosts put in a dominant display after the break.

The result brings to an end Hull’s winning run of games that hasn’t seen them taste defeat in just short of a month.

Speaking after the match, Hodgson said: “I’m disappointed to be honest, but the effort was there from us. The try just before half-time that we conceded and the start of the second-half is probably where the game was lost; we didn’t handle Saints going down to twelve men very well at all.

“It was a good test for us today, but we were clunky in the second-half and showed a lack of cohesion. Saints are at the level that we’re trying to get to, and we knew they were going to want to bounce back from their defeat in the cup last weekend. They don’t often lose two in a row and unfortunately we weren’t good enough tonight.

“We were punished for our mistakes, all of them in one way or another. Whether it was the drop-out that we tried to go short on, or that penalty we give away just before half-time that led to the try. Those moments cost you.

“We probably tried to score too much in those early stages and didn’t show enough composure – when we settled down, we asked some good questions of them.

“I’m not too dishearten because we held our gloves up for large periods of the game.”

Hodgson gave an update on Brad Fash, who left the field early in the first-half after a heavy collision with Matty Lees.

“Brad has gone to hospital as the doctors want to make sure that there is no major issue there. He is struggling from concussion but hopefully we’ll know more in the morning.”

And Hodgson also discussed some of his selection decisions going into last night’s game.

“It was a selection I made based on rewarding players who have played well. I thought that Joe Lovodua and Josh Reynolds were excellent against Catalans, while Luke has been out for a period of time and needs to earn his place back in the team. And that was the same with selecting Jamie Shaul over Adam Swift. But the response of Luke and Adam has been excellent.”

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