Hull FC have been doing it tough in 2022.
With a whole host of long-term injuries to the likes of Scott Taylor, Carlos Tuimavave and Jake Connor, the Black and Whites have been decimated for consistent periods this season.
And, after going down 19-18 to Wakefield Trinity a fortnight ago, the news that Connor will be out for around three months wasn’t exactly what Hull supporters wanted to hear.
It’s that loss which Kevin Brown believes causes concern in the Airlie Birds’ ranks – especially after a big 36-8 defeat to the Catalans Dragons in Perpignan.
“It was concerning before the game the way they nosedived against Wakefield when he got injured – they were winning 18-6 and then lost by a point,” Brown said on The Last Tackle podcast.
“They’ve gone away to France and 36-8 is a hammering, so if you were worried going into the game with the lack of opportunities you might miss with Jake not being there then someone is going to have to take over.”
In terms of Connor’s absence, Brown believes that the lack of fluidity in the halfback partnership has been a major problem.
“Luke Gale and Josh Reynolds really need to step up now, but that’s been part of the problem – those three have never been together for a consistent period.
“When Jake has been in, Galey or Reynolds have been banned or injured so they’ve never had that consistency and I feel for Brett Hodgson and the team as all good teams need their best players on the field at the same time.”
Hull’s next fixture after the international break sees the Black and Whites take on Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.