Hull FC’s Richard Whiting hoping for derby response

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RICHARD WHITING believes Hull FC’s loss against St Helens could prove “a good thing” ahead of their Magic Weekend derby with Hull KR.

The Black and Whites saw their recent winning sequence come to an end with Friday’s 
17-10 home loss to the Super League champions.

Richard Whiting.

Richard Whiting.

Hull were competitive throughout but were made to pay for some poor execution. “Attitude and energy wise we were on our game,” admitted Whiting, who came off the bench to provide most of Hull’s best chances.

“We just let ourselves down with a little bit of skill.

“We created enough chances to win in that last 20 minutes but our skill level let us down a little bit.

“We’ll still be confident going into the derby on Saturday but off the back of three good wins it’s probably good for us in the long run.

“It will likely bring us down to earth a little bit and make us realise we have to knuckle down more. We’re not quite there yet.

“Hopefully it is a good thing in the long run and it’ll sort our heads out for next weekend as we feel we under-performed against Rovers last time we played them at Easter, too.”

Whiting, 30, played centre and winger after replacing Curtis Naughton on Friday and proved a menace for Saints.

“I’ve played both positions a lot during my career and even though I’m more of a back-row now it’s easy for me to slot into those positions,” he said.

“It’s part of my value to the squad and I’m sure one of the reasons why Radders (Lee Radford) puts me on the bench.

“It’s up to him if he starts me at centre v Rovers. I’m sure Curtis will be doing all he can to be fit and if Tommy Lineham’s fit obviously he’ll be back in contention, too. But if he wants me to play centre I’m always happy to play 80 minutes wherever.”

Saturday is the first time Magic Weekend will be hosted at Newcastle’s St James’ Stadium after previous incarnations at Cardiff, Edinburgh and Manchester.