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Super League coach warns “big names and big signings” could be dropped to reserves

Hull FC head coach Tony Smith with Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson

The pressure is mounting at Hull FC with the Black and Whites suffering seven defeats in a row.

Their seventh defeat came last night against Leeds Rhinos as the eight-time Super League Champions avenged their earlier defeat to Hull this season.

It left Tony Smith disappointed:

“Disappointed, it was another game where we had a little more field position and territory than some of the other games that we have been struggling in but it still comes down to converting those periods in the game into points.

“The lack of converting that and putting pressure on our opponents and instead letting them come down the other end and we succumb to very little pressure is disappointing.

“It’s tough, we are doing it tough at the moment as I say to the supporters but it is tough for the people involved and participating.

“I can see effort in there and the way they are trying but some of it is just not coming off for us at the moment.

“Near the back end we put on some little combinations and early on I liked some of our defence forcing Leeds into a lot of errors causing field position and territory.

“But we just couldn’t get over the line or find the right play. We had some restarts but we couldn’t get over the line.”

He then warned that big players and big signings may have to play in the reserves to get into form:

“We need our players to work hard and get into form particularly some of our bigger names and bigger signings.

“If they have to play reserve grade to do that, then that’s what he has to do.”

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