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Injuries rack up for Hull as Brett Hodgson hails star with “the most skill” he has ever seen

Injuries are a part and parcel of rugby league, but Brett Hodgson saw another three drop out for his side in Hull’s 30-12 victory over Castleford.

‘Carlos Tuimavave has done his hamstring, Cam Scott has done his AC joint and Josh Bowden limped off with an ankle injury,” Hodgson said.

“We were down to 20 fit players this week so that will make it difficult, but we need to strap in and make sure we improve next weekend.”

That doesn’t mean, however, that Hodgson will delve into the transfer market.

“We’re always looking, but it is too early to say whether we will look inside or out for replacements.”

Hodgson knew it would be a tough week following their Challenge Cup exit last weekend.

“It was a really difficult week, there were two flat teams today.

“To play five days after the cup was always going to be a difficult task, but thankfully we did enough.

“The way we started that second-half in particular, I was happy with that because it took us 40 minutes to get going and the try before half-time was crucial for both sides as Cas perhaps went in dejected at the break.”

The Hull boss had some high words of praise for one of his stars in particular.

“Jake Connor had some great touches which showed how much class he has – I haven’t seen may players with as much skill as what Jake has.

“You saw what Jake did in the try before half-time when he caught and flicked it in one motion, that was exceptional.

“Chris Satae again was unbelievable, his start has been immense and he’s allowing us to play in the right part of the field.”

One moment of controversy stood out, when Josh Reynolds took Oliver Holmes high, starting a ruckus, but Hodgson felt the halfback didn’t do anything wrong.

“I thought that it wasn’t high at the time, but I know josh came out of the line and it did get a bit physical, but we managed to finish the game like we should have.”

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