Hull FC v St Helens: Grounded coach Lee Radford looking for more from Hull FC

Hull FC coach Lee Radford
Hull FC coach Lee Radford
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HULL FC head coach Lee Radford has reminded his improving side they have “achieved nothing” as they attempt a double over Super League champions St Helens.

Although the Black and Whites have discovered some real form of late, losing just once in their last six games and vanquishing Castleford Tigers in the Challenge Cup last Saturday, he is wary of complacency.

“You don’t get carried away with achieving nothing,” said Radford, whose side endured a torrid start to the year.

“We’re in the eight, just, and we want to stay in it by picking two points up Friday.

“You want to finish as high as you can. We’re not going to shout from the rooftops, obviously, but that starts on Friday v Saints.

“It doesn’t get any tougher.

“They are a fantastic side, right up there in the table. It’s a credit to Keiron (Cunningham) and Sean (Long), who have continued where they left off last year and a real challenge for us for sure.”

That said, Hull’s current run of success began with a 28-20 victory at St Helens on Easter Monday and tonight’s opponents have, once more, lost the services of inspirational Australian scrum-half Luke Walsh to injury.

“Luke Walsh missing for them is a blow in their kicking and organisation,” said Radford, the visitors also without suspended captain Jon Wilkin.

“What he brings to that team is outstanding. Whoever they put there, whether it be (ex-Hull centre) Jordan Turner, I don’t think it would be too much hindrance.

“For us, there were reasons for the poor start; we lost key players in key positions early on and that makes it more difficult to perform against quality sides.

“But as of that Bank Holiday (at Saints), it was a real plus to pick up a win and we’ve ticked over from there. We’re close to full-strength now and taken some decent scalps over the last few weeks. Long may that continue.”

Rookie Curtis Naughton continues on the wing after his hat-trick against Castleford.

“In the form Curtis is, there is no point rushing Tom Lineham back,” said Radford. “His performance, having looked in more detail, was fantastic. It’s a real good situation to be in to have two quality players competing.”