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“Disgrace to the badge” – Hull FC fans fume after dire derby defeat

Hull FC's dejection

Hull KR handily beat Hull FC for the second time this season yesterday and the easy nature of the win has caused fans of the Black and Whites to call on huge changes from top to bottom.

The final score was 34-10 and if that had been offered to FC fans at halftime then they’d have almost certainly taken it given that they were absolutely rolled over in the first forty with the score 28-0 when the teams went into the sheds.

Niall Evalds opened the scoring to kickstart his Man of the Match performance whilst more scores followed from Mikey Lewis, Peta Hiku, James Batchelor and Joe Burgess who scored two in his first Hull derby.

That first-half performance led to calls from Sam Tomkins and Jon Wilkin that the pressure on Tony Smith was ramped up a further notch with Tomkins even suggesting Smith had been let down by his players in the first forty.

There was a reaction with FC pulling back two scores but Rovers reasserted control and ran out as 34-10 victors to condemn Hull FC to a fifth Super League loss this season, prompting Tony Smith to label the performance as simply “not good enough”.

It wasn’t just Tony Smith who claimed that the performance wasn’t good enough with Hull FC fans taking to social media to take shots at all involved with the club from the players, to Smith and even to the owners.

Hull FC fans call on wholesale changes

A common criticism from Hull FC was that the players had tarnished the badge with the lack of effort, particularly in the first half, with several fans making similar comments.

One asked: “You’re an embarrassment..is this what you call playing for our badge..disgrace!!”

Another noted: “6 tries in 1 half of rugby, that is absolute disgrace to the badge, the club and the fans.”

It wasn’t just Hull FC fans that were raging at the lack of effort with a Warrington Wolves fan posting on X: “I’m getting angry watching @hullfcofficial here and I couldn’t care less about them; they’re an absolute disgrace. I don’t like it when professional sportsmen take the piss out of their paying supporters and that’s exactly what this shower are doing every single week.”

The players being disinterested was also suggested by another fan, something that prompted another fan to suggest that there wasn’t any point in sacking Tony Smith with the problems at Hull FC instead stemming from their owner Adam Pearson.

That fan noted: “No point sacking smith, you could bring in the best coach in the world and nothing would happen. Players are pathetic and it’s all down to poor management from AP.”

“Get rid of him live on telly like you did our most successful ever coach,” one fan fumed.

Despite the loss and the anger, there was one positive that plenty of Hull FC fans did highlight and that was the performance of young Jack Charles.

The 18-year-old was brought on in a terrible situation and provided a genuine spark and most importantly wore the badge with pride, something that fans certainly noticed.

“Jack Charles, hold your head up young man,” were the sentiments of one fan whilst others called for the squad to be built around the teenager.

The next game for Hull FC comes against a Huddersfield side that put 50 points on them just a week ago, before a run of St Helens, Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves, which looks to be incredibly daunting and perhaps a trial by fire for a youngster like Charles.

Either way, it’s clear he has a huge future and certainly didn’t deserve to be on the losing side yesterday.

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