Brett Hodgson explains why “it was difficult to get up and ready” for Toulouse game

Yesterday, Brett Hodgson’s Hull FC side defeated Toulouse 48-12 to move back into the top four at the expense of Huddersfield.

The victory was Hull FC’s third in a row and fifth consecutive home win for the club as they begin making headway up the table.

However, it was also Hull FC’s fourth game in 15 days and saw them have to play without a recognised halfback with both Josh Reynolds and Luke Gale suspended. So, despite taking on the league’s bottom club in Toulouse who have only won one game all season, the game represented a real challenge.

Hodgson emphasised this when speaking to the club’s official website after the game.

“It was difficult to get up and ready for this one because of the busy schedule over the last few weeks,” Hodgson said, “But we set our targets ahead of this spell and the way we have responded from defeat on Good Friday was really pleasing.

“There’s a good vibe in the camp – the boys are bouncing after that one and deservedly so. They’ve worked hard for that one.”

This also explains why Hodgson was so pleased with the performance especially with the professionalism of it: “I’m very pleased, it was a very professional performance.

“There are elements that we can be better at but we did enough for a positive performance. Toulouse had a good go in that opening quarter of the game and we knew that they would come here to do that as they’re a very physical team. There’ll be a few sore bodies on both sides.”

You can read the whole interview here.

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