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Last hints at top six Super League play-offs

Hull FC interim coach Andy Last has hinted that there may be changes to the top four play-off format.

Last’s team defeated city rivals Hull KR 31-16 in St Helens to continue their impressive form and keep alive slim hopes of a top four finish.

However, rumours are circulating that the play-offs will be brought forward and expanded to six teams, a move that would see the Airlie Birds make the cut.

Speaking on the prospect of this, Last revealed that changes are in the pipeline according to two Sky Sports pundits.

“I cannot tell what is coming up,” he said. “I have just been informed from Brian Carney and Jon Wells that maybe some changes are likely to happen and are about to take place.

“I think the big thing for us, as a group and a team as well as myself, we just have to adapt if we are in the six.

“If we do play in a play-off series, we will attack that with plenty of vigour and we will look forward to that.”

“If the season continues, like it has been, we will look to prepare as best as we can to play against a very good St Helens team then five days later, we play Wigan.

“They are the top two in the competition at the moment. They are the benchmark teams so it will be good to see how we go against them.”

The Black and Whites victory over the Robins brought about a number of positives for Last, notably the performance of Jake Connor.

Playing at full-back, the England international tormented Rovers with his mesmerising skills in a man of the match performance.

Speaking on Connor’s display, Last added: “I think, what he is doing now, he is starting to mature a little bit and starting to understand that he has to keep his emotions in check and not get caught up in all the ‘sledging’ and all that sort of stuff.

“He was really good tonight. He is a talented player and makes things happen.

“We just need to make sure to get the ball in his hands in good positions and know that he will create for us.

“I think the challenge for us is keeping that six inches between his ears in the right space.

“He is listening and likes the consistent message he is getting from myself and I hope that the penny is finally starting to drop with him.

“There will be some games where it does not go for him but tonight, he was very good.”

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