Lee Radford was pleased with the performance of his younger players after a second half fightback almost got his Hull FC side a result at Leeds.
Jordan Lane was impressive on his Super League debut and Jack Logan made his first appearance in nearly two years.
Elsewhere Jordan Abdull was dangerous off the bench, and props Brad Fash and Masimbaashe Matongo got through a lot of work.
“I am obviously devastated with the loss but I was pleased with their effort and endeavour. There were some real fine margins in the game and unfortunately we just fell short,” Radford stated post-match.
“We chased it late on and we looked better for it. We went down swinging and I’m pleased with that.
“The thing I was pleased with the most was there were some really strong individual performances. I thought Jordan Lane looked a Super League player on his debut, Jordan Abdull was fantastic and caused them problems.
“Chris Green really gave us a lift when he came on and Jack Logan was strong after two years out. The challenge now for them is to back that up.
“Nine kids who came through our system played out there and we had a fully English spine. You wouldn’t have thought that five years ago.”
Our system. Makes you wonder why we’re persisting with a joint Academy venture, but what do we know..
Elsewhere, Sika Manu came off last night with a calf injury. No idea on the severity of it.
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