Hull FC’s Jake Connor said he was making up for for lost time with his impressive performance against Salford Red Devils on Saturday afternoon.
Hull’s star full-back, who missed last week’s game against St Helens with suspension, had a hand in seven of the Black & Whites’ nine tries against Salford, with six assists and a score for himself in the 48-16 victory at the MKM Stadium.
“Missing last week was disappointing, so I was hungry to get out there and enjoy myself. I’m not going to play forever, so the games I do miss, I want to make up for them,” Connor said.
“We know we were off it last week and we didn’t have the players out there we wanted. But we’ve had a good week and we’ve looked at Salford really well, and I think we stuck to the game plan and that clearly paid off.
“You want a reaction when you lose heavily, and we saw that. We don’t worry about what we were doing, and stuck to our own gameplan.
He continued: “Salford throw a lot of trick shots but I thought our middles dealt with that well today. They scored a couple of tries off kicks which we can deal with, but they didn’t manage to break us down on the edges which was pleasing.”
On his own efforts, he added: “I think it was six assists. I enjoy setting them up. It’s not just me though – the boys help get me in the position to set them up; we’ve been doing that all pre-season so it was good to execute some of those today.
“I get more of a buzz out of setting them up than scoring.. My favourite was probably the Chris one where I sent him over. I did it twice in training and once in the warm-up too so it was good to see that play come off when I gave him the eye.”
Connor also praised young half-back Ben McNamara for his efforts.
“I thought Ben did a great job today. It’s hard being in and out of the sides, but he has been patient and did what he needed to do for us. He’s progressing well.”