Kane Evans says Hull FC need to be sharper in the rucks after two disappointing results before the international weekend.
The Black & Whites are back in action this Friday as they prepare to head to Warrington for a key match in their season with just twelve matches remaining on the calendar.
After a few early injury niggles this season, Evans has been consistently involved for Hull in recent months and he believes he is making positive strides in the right direction.
But he is aware of where Hull need to improve, particularly in the middle of the field.
“As a team, we haven’t been winning our rucks as well as we have wanted to in the last couple of games,” Evans said.
“We showed glimpses of that better defence earlier in the year.
“We’ve also been a bit disappointed with our attacking structures, but we will learn from those mistakes moving forward.
“Now is moving into the business end of the season where you have to be on point. We have to be ready to go again this week.”
The Airlie Birds currently occupy 5th place despite losing their last two fixtures, heading into Friday’s match against the Wolves with a refreshed mindset after a week-long break.
It’s now full steam ahead for the remainder of the season, with no breaks scheduled until the regular campaign draws to a close in September.
Evans insists that the break was put to good use by the squad, saying: “It’s been a refreshing week after the short break we have just had. Apart from the boys who played in the international game last week, most of us managed to get some down time and we’ve come back into training in a good frame of mind.
“This week is going to be a cracker of a game with both teams so hungry to win. We’re going to their territory, so we’re going to need to be at our best to win.
“I’m confident in the team. We’re still learning, though, and there’s heaps of the season to go. We now need to prove that we’ve learned from our mistakes and that will play a big part in helping us get the job done.”