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Rugby League: Derby game ‘chance to salvage some pride’

Hull FC coach Lee Radford says he is looking for his side to salvage some pride with a strong performance in this week’s derby match, after a heavy defeat to Wakefield on Sunday afternoon (July 22).

Trinity ran in 12 tries with a 72-10 victory on an afternoon to forget for the Black & Whites, and Radford explained how he wasn’t expecting the disappointing result in West Yorkshire.

“I didn’t expect that performance at all today. Everything that could possibly go wrong, went wrong.

“I take full responsibility for the defeat. I rolled the dice with four or five players today with regards to fitness, but obviously it didn’t work. We didn’t have anything to lose with the season on the line.

“We’re seven points adrift from the top four now and it going to be a big challenge to catch them now.”

However, Radford does not want his players to dwell on the result, and explained how the short turnaround to Friday’s Hull Derby could be a positive. “We’ve not got long now before our next game against Hull KR. That might be a good thing.

“Some players need to try and salvage some pride on Friday night with the derby. Everyone is aware of how important the derby is and we want to end the regular season positively.

“I apologise wholeheartedly to the fans after that today. The players and the staff will be working hard to make sure we try and restore some pride next week.”

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