Gareth Ellis talks yellow card and Hull FC fortunes

Gareth Ellis has admitted he was confused with his sin bin during last Thursday’s defeat to Leeds.

The Hull FC captain was yellow carded for an alleged crusher tackle on Stevie Ward, with the video referee taking action on the incident.

“I didn’t understand my sin bin and I still don’t know what I got yellow carded for,” Ellis told League Express.

“The referee said dangerous contact, but I think it was just a bit harsh, I’ve only been sin binned a few times, and never by the video referee before.

“It wasn’t a crusher. It’s rugby league, you get caught in certain positions all the time, and I’ve spoken to Ward and he’s okay.”

Despite his personal issue, Ellis felt the squad effort at Leeds was terrific – coming just four days after winning the Challenge Cup.

Last year Hull fell away after Wembley, but their captain, who will retire at the end of the season, says the Black and Whites are better prepared this time out.

“Our mindset now needs to shift to Wigan. They’ll be scathing after Wembley, but so should we after losing to Leeds,” he continued.

“I’ve told the guys that while it’s disappointing to lose, our effort at Headingley was outstanding.

“The message in the dressing room was how it’s an indication that our mindset is different from last year. The week after Wembley is a tough game, especially on a Thursday, and I was a bit worried, but how we turned up was very impressive.

“We’ll take a lot of confidence from the Leeds game. It’s not been a happy hunting ground in recent years, but to give them a game in the manner we did was reasonable for us. With the right preparation things will be different in a semi final.”

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