Hull FC: ‘I get more of a buzz out of setting someone up than I do scoring myself’

MANY adjectives could be applied to Hull FC’s Jake Connor - versatile, creative, aggressive and even, if he’s on a rival team, annoying - but selfish isn’t one of them.

Playing at full-back, Connor scored one try and assisted in six others as Hull crushed Salford Red Devils 48-16 to return to winning ways in Super League.

Team-mates Darnell McIntosh, Cameron Scott, Joe Lovodua, Jordan Lane and Chris Satae all scored tries laid on for them by Connor, who seemed almost embarrassed to cross the whitewash himself.

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“I genuinely love it [creating tries],” he said afterwards.

Hull's Chris Satae is congratulated by team-mates Adam Swift and Ligi Sao after scoring a try against Salford. Picture: Will Palmer/SWpix.com

“I get more of a buzz out of setting someone up than I do scoring myself; I always have done.”

Connor picked out Hull’s final touchdown, scored by front-rower Satae, as his favourite of those he created.

“I did it twice in training in the week and once in warm-up,” he recalled.

“I gave him the eye and you don’t want to be tackling him near the line if he’s steaming on to it.”

Connor’s man-of-the-match performance was redemption after his red card in the round one win at Wakefield and suspension for the following week’s defeat by St Helens.

He admitted: “Missing the Saints game made me hungry to go out there and enjoy it more.

“I’m not going to play forever, so the games I do miss, I want to make up for them.

“Missing a game, I needed to be involved; I needed to get myself into the game early and that’s what I did.

“When I’ve got my hands on the ball is when I’m happiest.”

The win was a big one for Hull following the poor showing against Saints.

Connor said: “We had a good week’s training and stuck to the game plan and it paid off for us.

“You want a reaction when you lose a game, especially like that and we got a reaction from everyone.

“Everyone stuck to the game plan, did what they needed to do and didn’t worry about anyone else.

“We were all in sync with each other.”