Jamie Shaul believes that June could be Hull FC’s defining month in 2019 as the Black & Whites go in search of another two important points against Castleford Tigers tomorrow night.
After defeating Salford Red Devils at the KCOM Stadium last Friday, Hull FC now prepare to face Castleford Tigers, Catalans Dragons and Hull Kingston Rovers away from home in a crucial string of fixtures this month.
The Airlie Birds currently occupy 4th place ahead of their trip to face 5th placed Castleford Tigers at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle tomorrow night, and Shaul believes the month ahead is a perfect chance to capitalise on the race for a play-off spot.
“At this point of the season, you want to be picking up as many points as you possibly can, especially when there are so many teams chasing a top five spot,” Shaul said in his pre-match press conference.
“I think the next three weeks are massive for us. We play Castleford, which is going to be a tough ask because of the way they play and the conditions we’ll be playing in.
“Then we travel to Catalans and that’s always a tough ask going over there and getting a win, and then obviously we’ve got the Derby. The two teams are at opposite ends of the table, but that never matters in a derby.
“Hopefully we can pull through and get all the points that are on offer because this month could be really important and massive for us.”
The England international is looking to rebuild the strong form he was showing before suffering with a lengthy bout of concussion over the Easter period.
Shaul has scored in back-to-back games for his hometown club, including his speedy effort in Friday’s 35-32 win over Salford Red Devils.
Despite picking up two more points last week, Shaul insists there are defensive improvements to be made ahead of tomorrow’s game.
“It was great for us to get the win last week, but we really struggled to defend on our own line. We’d make a silly error or give away a cheap penalty and then they would come away with some easy points,” Shaul explained in his pre-match press conference.
“We’ve been doing a lot of work on that in training this week, which we will be taking into the game tomorrow.
“It’s forecast rain tomorrow, and that pitch at Castleford isn’t great. I think we’ll see a lot of the ball down the middle of the park due to that.”