Hull FC have struggled in 2023.
After winning their first games of the season, they lost seven games on the spin before winning the last two against Huddersfield Giants and Wigan Warriors.
Their win over Wigan Warriors was particularly impressive as they showed amazing resolve to defeat the then leaders.
They have had the worst defensive record in 2023 but it was their defence that allowed them to hold onto their 14-10 despite endless pressure.
But there is still something the club will need to address if they want to climb the table: tries conceded down the right.
Jon Wilkin revealed a worrying statistic about the black and whites saying: “Hull have conceded 27 tries down their right. If teams plan anything it will be to attack that edge.
“If you are attacking that edge, you know Carlos Tuimavave is going to be aggressive. He is coming in and then the winger’s timing has to be perfect and when it isn’t you are going to concede points.”
After Iain Thornley’s second try in the game, the Black and Whites had conceded 28 tries down that edge and it is something the Tony Smith will want to addresses.
They take on Wakefield Trinity next week and can almost certainly end their relegation fears there and then.