Hull FC went down 60-6 to St Helens yesterday afternoon in what was one of the Black and Whites’ most damning results of the season.
That’s perhaps difficult to say considering that Hull were cut down by 62 points against Leeds Rhinos and then another 60 by the Wigan Warriors, but there was much greater hope at the MKM Stadium going into the fixture against Saints.
The Black and Whites had been rejuvenated in recent weeks due to new signings Jack Walker and Will Smith whilst the confirmation of new recruits Tex Hoy, Jake Trueman and Liam Sutcliffe had got fans excited for the near future.
However, despite going 6-0 up through Walker, Saints scored 60 unanswered points to condemn Hull to ninth in the Super League table due to now a horrendous points difference.
And, head coach Brett Hodgson was not happy to say the least with the performance.
“I thought we started the game really well but after 30 minutes we weren’t willing to do what we had to when tired,” Hodgson told the Yorkshire Post.
“We gave away some really cheap tries which was disappointing and the start of the second-half was really poor.
“We were trying to chase points instead of earning them but it’s hard to process why that happened.
“We will have to have a hard look at the video and have some hard talks tomorrow.”
Hodgson, though determined not to use the amount of players out as an excuse, bemoaned the loss of Jack Walker.
“It’s important to realise that we still have nine of our best players on the sideline and losing Jack Walker hurt our rotation,” he said.
“There are still players out there trying their hardest but they are doing it alone at the moment, which is causing us to concede points.
“We have to realise that if we defend together that we can defend those moments, but we switched off in pivotal moments and the heat starts to become a factor.”