Hull KR v Hull FC: Lee Radford expecting big response from Airlie Birds

Hull FC coach Lee Radford.
Hull FC coach Lee Radford.
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LEE RADFORD is adamant his players will not make so many uncharacteristic errors again in the heat of their latest derby with Hull KR.

The Hull FC coach is still trying to fathom just how they lost 17-10 against champions St Helens last week, having enjoyed so much possession.

Defeat has dented progress – the Black and Whites had lost just once in their previous seven games – but there is no better time to respond than against their fiercest rivals at Magic Weekend.

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They descend on Newcastle’s St James’ Stadium late this afternoon and Radford admitted: “It is frustrating as a coach to see us create chances but not convert them.

“Some players made really uncharacteristic errors. Fetuli (Talanoa), for example, made 198 metres and had 26 carries, but made a few key errors with the ball in hand, and, sadly, that’s what he was remembered for last week.

“But I know those types of players won’t make that amount of errors in a game again this season.

“We want to perform not just for ourselves, but the fans.

“They’ll travel in huge numbers to Newcastle. It’s about time we give them something to shout about. We were a huge disappointment in the last derby.”

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Hull meekly fell 20-6 against Hull KR on home soil at Easter, a defeat that, in fairness, then led to that obvious revival.

“It was harder watching it back the second time around for our preview,” recalled Radford, bolstered today by the return of England loose-forward Joe Westerman and top try-scorer Tom Lineham.

“We probably didn’t give them the credit that they deserved after that game.

“They defended really well with whatever we threw at them and, offensively, we were really poor. Sometimes you’ve got to tip your hat to them.

“I’d like to think this time around – and I am sure that this is the case – that we can throw a lot more at them.”