HULL FC’S defeat to Huddersfield Giants encapsulated their season, according to prop Mickey Paea.
Against their title-chasing visitors, Hull looked good in patches, but could not sustain their momentum and errors with the ball and in defence let their opponents off the hook.
“It has been the story of our season,” relected Paea.
“You can never fault this team’s effort, we got a lot of pats on the back after the performance at Wigan and we tried to bounce off that.
“But we were just short again.
“We got ourselves in the game and gave ourselves every opportunity, but we were our own worst enemy. We shot ourselves in the foot and you can’t do that against these top teams. They will make you pay for it.
“Danny Brough is outstanding with the boot and he controls the game. We turn over cheap possession and the good teams make you pay for it, they strangle you.
“There’s no reward for effort. The effort from the boys is outstanding, but we are just not quite getting on the other side.
“We are not far away, we have showed that, so on to this week now and our last game.”
Sunday’s visit of Catalans Dragons is meaningless in terms of the table, but Paea said Hull have reasons for wanting to finish on a high.
Not least of those is to send off departing players, Paea included, on a positive note.
“We want to give the boys who are staying behind something to build on in pre-season,” said the Newcastle Knights-bound forward.
“It would also be a good note for guys like myself and Jordan Rankin to sign off on.
“We will be going into it trying to get a win. It will be a bit emotional for me, I have really loved it here, not just here, but at KR too.
“The people of this city have been great to me, the support here is second to none.
“They love rugby league and they get behind their teams, win, lose or draw.
“There’s been times when we haven’t deserved applause, but they still stick behind us.”