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“Ridiculous” – Sky Sports pundit slams Hull FC defence after defeat

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Neither Hull FC or Leigh Leopards have had the best start to the Super League season in 2024 with only one win in their opening Four Rounds.

Hull FC have lost to Hull KR, Warrington Wolves and Catalans Dragons but edged newly promoted London Broncos to claim their opening win of the season. Leigh Leopards meanwhile have lost their opening three games of the season having missed Round Two due to Wigan Warriors participating in the World Club Challenge.

Last week Leigh showed some positive signs storming ahead 16-0 but losing 22-16 to Leeds Rhinos.

However, against Hull FC they again started well with a lovely set play leading to Umyla Hanley touching down for the second week in a row. They would then go down the left edge and Josh Charnley produced an acrobatic finish to propel the Leopards 10-0 up against Hull FC.

Tex Hoy did get a try back for the Black and Whites squeezing through a gap but that hope would not last long with Matt Moylan feeding Ricky Leutele through a gap to score. Then a soft try as Rob Mulhern stormed over from close range.

Then Kai O’Donnell powered through. He was tackled short but former Hull FC star Ben McNamara went over straight after. A Moylan penalty then made it 30-4.

In the second half, Oliver Holmes extended Leigh’s lead with his 50th career try after a wild offload. He would then benefit from another offload, this time from Zak Hardaker. That made it 42-4.

Then a lovely break from Ricky Leutele paved the way for Matt Moylan to score before Leutele would get himself a second try of the game in the corner.

Hull FC defence branded “ridiculous”

Credit: Imago Images

There was no sympathy from Sky Sports pundit and former Super League player Jon Wells who slammed their defence as “ridiculous” in the first half with the Black and Whites have conceded 24 missed tackles.

He said: “It’s ridiculous. The missed tackles statistic is 24 tackles. It is intrinsically linked to the amount of metres that Leigh Leopard’s are making.

“That’s something that Hull FC need to arrest, and arrest quickly.”

Hull FC will want a stronger defence next week against the big pack of Huddersfield Giants in the Challenge Cup and of course in the Hull derby against HullKR.

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