We needed to be a bit smarter, concedes Radford

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Hull coach Lee Radford was disappointed after his side suffered this loss to Catalan Dragons in Perpignan on Saturday.

The defeat for Hull was their 10th of the season and left them in ninth and two points below neighbours Hull KR – who saw off Bradford on Friday – in the Super League table.

Radford rued the dropped points, and said: “I’m really disappointed to have come away with a loss from another tight away game.

“It is a long trip and conditions were difficult out there and I just thought that had we been a bit smarter out there earlier then we could have got this game.

“It took us too long in the first half with so many unforced errors, which put us under the pump a little bit.

“I felt it just took us too long to adapt to how they were defending. It took us 65 minutes when we should have recognised that after 20 metres.”

Radford continued: “We hammered the middle early doors and we lost that battle and from a long shift, they were backing off defensively and we should have exposed that a little bit more than we did.”

Leon Pryce had a hand in three of four Catalan tries to seal an impressive performance for the Dragons’ half back.

The hosts started much the brightly, with tries from Morgan Escare and Michael Oldfield.

Hull got back into the game with a Gareth Ellis try, but Jordan Rankin was unable to add the extras.

Pryce was tackled just short of the line before the interval, but Benjamin Garcia picked up to race over from short range to score under the posts. Bosc added the simple conversion to take the half time score to 16-4 and Daryl Millard crossed after the break.

Hull replied with back-to-back tries from Kirk Yeaman and Jamie Shaul, Rankin adding the conversions but they could not find the winning score.

Catalan Dragons: Escare, Oldfield, Pomeroy, Duport, Millard, Pryce, Bosc, Simon, Henderson, Lima, Taia, Whitehead, Baitieri. Substitutes: Anderson, Mounis, Garcia, Williams.

Hull FC: Shaul, Lineham, Crooks, Yeaman, Talanoa, Rankin, Horne, Paea, Heremaia, Bowden, Ellis, Tuson, Westerman. Substitutes: Paleaaesina, Thompson, Hadley, Sa.

Referee: P Bentham (RFL).