Relief was the main Hull FC emotion once the final whistle went at Wigan on Friday night, with head coach Lee Radford one to share that sentiment.
A record run of eleven defeats endures, as the Black and Whites slogged out the Super 8s knowing their fate was already sealed after an embarrassing defeat to Wakefield in July.
“To be honest I’m just glad the season is finished and over. It’s been an unbelievably challenging time since the Wakefield game when you know you have nothing to play for,” Radford explained post-match.
“At that point you’re a double glazing salesman trying to sell poor windows to your team really, knowing that there is nothing to play for. Bring on 2019.”
Some of Hull’s defence at Wigan though was admirable as those resilient qualities that have made Radford’s team were there.
From that point of view there’s some encouragement, but really we’re all just glad it’s over. Excuse the Dave Clark Five Pun.
“I thought we were courageous and there was some good scramble but there were efforts towards the back end that mean you cannot win games of rugby,” Radford added.
“But in terms of effort I can’t question any of them. There were some pleasing aspects considering the amount of shifting we had to do during the game. We generally had 17 fit players and we couldn’t name 19 on Thursday. Injuries this year have been like having a Ferrari and taking the bus to work.
“We got rolled heavily in the second half but we scrambled well. That was pleasing and the effort that we showed tonight has to become the norm.
“I genuinely hope Wigan go on and win it now – Shaun Wane was the first to message me any help when I got the top job back in 2013.”
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