Brett Hodgson criticises short turnaround after “outstanding” win over Leeds Rhinos

Hull FC Head Coach Brett Hodgson noted how proud he was of his players after they dismantled Leeds 31-8 but also criticised the fixture planning which saw them play the Rhinos on the back of a four-day turn around.

He revealed that the Black and Whites had only trained once since their defeat to Castleford on Sunday but you wouldn’t have known it as his side nailed the game plan and got on top of Leeds early. From there, the tries followed with Jake Connor shining.

He wasn’t the only one with a number of stars playing well out of position with Hodgson naming an unusual team but it certainly worked as his men put in a fantastic performance and he was quick to praise them after the game.

“I thought the performance was outstanding with players out of position,” he said, “I thought Joe Lovodua was brilliant and Ligi Sao at backrow was outstanding.

“Across the board from one to seventeen I can’t be unhappy with anyone’s performance.”

However, the former Man of Steel wasn’t all smiles taking time to complain about the four-day turn around his side were lumped with due to the fixtures.

Hull had just days to recover from their 33-26 defeat to Castleford and perhaps paid the price losing the likes of Chris Satae to tightness and cramp late on in the game as consequence.

On this Hodgson said: “The concerning thing is injuries and it’s concerning as well that we were put into this situation with a four-day turn around at this time of year.

“We’re doing a lot for player welfare with yellow cards and making sure we’re looking after players but then we expect them to turn around and perform after a short period.

“We had no training going into this game other than a small run out yesterday.”

Hull do have a nine-day turn around before they play high flying Huddersfield next and should have Manu Ma’u back with Carlos Tuimavave and Darnell McIntosh expected to return the following week.

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