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“Way off” – Hull FC Head Coach Tony Smith speaks out after defeat to Leigh

After a thumping 54-4 defeat to Leigh Leopards, Hull FC Head Coach Tony Smith has had his say on the defeat which saw the Leopards leapfrog the Black and Whites in the Super League table.

It was a disappointing afternoon for the Black and Whites at home in front of 10,000 fans and after the game Hull FC Head Coach Tony Smith faced the media to address what went wrong as Hull FC lost their fourth game in the opening five and in the harshest fashion so far this season.

Smith said to BBC Radio Humberside after the game: “We need go back to working hard. We were way off today and in those little areas, in those energy areas around the ruck and with our markers, right from the word go you could see it in the first few minutes.

“I didn’t expect it and they have been pretty good in preparation and it wasn’t pretty to watch and it wasn’t what we want to watch and it wasn’t what we were preparing for.

“They were good around the ruck area, they’re dangerous around that area and our old mate Brad Dwyer had a field day and just toyed with us at times. Our line speed wasn’t good and our aggression and line speed wasn’t good enough.”

Hull FC suffer difficult defeat

It will have been a difficult defeat for Hull FC to stomach against the electric Leigh Leopards as two former Hull FC stars ran the show.

This was Ben McNamara and Brad Dwyer. McNamara notched a try and a number of assists whilst Brad Dwyer, as Smith said himself, had a lot of joy in and around the ruck.

Leigh led 10-0 after 10 minutes away at Hull FC after tries from Umyla Hanley and Josh Charnley. Tex Hoy responded but that was as good as it got.

The Leopards stormed 30-4 ahead by the break after tries from Ricky Leutele, McNamara and Mulhern. In the second half a brace of tries from Oliver Holmes took the score out to 42-4 and then tries from Matt Moylan and Ricky Leutele took the Leopards to the half century.

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