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Super League coach praises fans for attendance against side “who bring nobody”

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Attendances are often a major talking point in Super League as they stand as a symbol of where the sport is and 2023 has been a brilliant year for attendances with clubs like Hull FC, Wigan Warriors, St Helens, Warrington Wolves and usual suspect Leeds Rhinos all standing out.

We have seen attendance records smashed by Wigan and Salford Red Devils and Huddersfield Giants are aiming for their own attendance record against Leeds Rhinos.

But praise has to go especially to Hull FC fans. They had a really tough patch as they lost seven games on the spin conceding big scores against Salford Red Devils and Hull KR.

Yet they always turn out in big numbers and that was true yesterday against Catalans Dragons with nearly 13,500 fans in attendance against the league leaders.

Tony Smith was full of praise for his side’s fans and recording a great attendance against a side who don’t bring many away fans being from France after all.

“We’ve got to mention them. The second biggest crowd we’ve ever had against Catalans who bring nobody, so we’ve had 13,480 on a Saturday afternoon – wow. Good on them,” he said on Hull FC’s website.

“I think we showed a bit of our spirit and what we’re doing here. I thought we showed some glimpses of what we can do with the ball but not enough.

“In the second half, we gave them a taste of what we’re trying to be as a team in terms of defending our own line. We had some moments in the first half, but it wasn’t as predominant as it has been in other games.”

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