Radford challenges Hull to respond

14 September 2018 05:29:36 EST

Hull FC head coach Lee Radford has challenged his players to make the most of a difficult situation as they prepare for the clash with St Helens.

Saints will lift the League Leaders Shield if they secure victory at the Totally Wicked Stadium against a Hull side in a terrible run of form.

Radford's players showed improvement in defeat to Castleford last week, after a humiliating 80-10 loss at Warrington on their prior outing.

The Hull boss is eager for his players to continue their revival and test the league leaders.

"I think we've got to make the most of this crazy situation that we're in at the moment, because we'll be better for it in the long run. We've been trying to adapt to that strategy for about five or six weeks now," said Radford.

"It's a horrible run - there are circumstances we understand - but we'll be hoping to be better after these circumstances and that's the best way forward for us. We need to have a more positive objective in front of us."

Radford has emphasised the importance of a quick start to the clash with the Saints.

"I want my players to get out of the blocks really quickly, because they're the sort of team that can put you away early on," he added.

"They are going to want the confetti out at half-time for their League Leaders Shield celebrations. We need to stop that from happening."

Hull are 9/4 to score first in the game and are 11/5 to open the scoring with a try, while the home side are 17/2 to win the match by a margin of 11-15 points.

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