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“We are not a finished product,” claims Hull FC head coach Brett Hodgson

The Airlie Birds could not back up their Challenge Cup win last week as they went down 27-10 to the Catalans Dragons at the KCOM stadium, leaving the returning supporters deflated. However, Hodgson remains adamant the black-and-whites have what it takes to bounce back.

“It is imperative we get a response,” Hodgson said.

“The players are really hurting at the moment.

“We need a response at training to make sure we go into our game next weekend to turn around what happened against Catalans.

“That is part of the journey we are on. We are not a finished product yet, I have been saying that for many weeks.

“We probably did not handle the occasion or the result last week leading into this week.

“We are learning lessons off each other. I am learning lessons off the group and we will continue building.”

The result also means Hull have sustained back-to-back defeats in the league for the first time this season, sending them down to sixth in the table.

Hodgson was critical of his side, pointing out the lack of composure, though he praised Catalans for their efforts.

He added, “It is definitely our own fault. We had three or four sets in the middle part of that second-half that we did not complete, then we gave away field position.

“Then we were not strong enough to hang in there until the back end of the game.

“You have to give credit to Catalans, I thought they were very good. They grinded it out against us.

“We will learn our lessons of how we were not good enough to do that today.”

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