Defence best form of attack for Hull FC, says Kirk Yeaman
KIRK Yeaman says it will be Hull FC's defence – and not their in-form attack – which will hold the key to victory at Warrington.
The Black and Whites have been in superb form with the ball in hand in recent weeks, posting more than 150 points in successive wins over Bradford, Castleford and Huddersfield.
But Yeaman believes the foundation for their success has been their solid defence – which has been breached just five times in those last three outings.
And heading to face a Wolves side who scored more than 900 points in 27 rounds of Super League –the second highest in the competition – the experienced centre says defensive solidarity is key.
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"A lot of people have looked at our last three games and seen the points we have been racking up, and we have scored a lot, but I think that has been on the back of our defence," Yeaman told the Mail.
"We have to be on our game defensively to stop their threats if we want to have a chance of progressing to the semi-final.
"Defence has been the theme for us over the past three weeks. We have only conceded five tries in three games, which is pretty good. "We are stopping teams from getting down our end, and that gives us a good chance to get down the other end and score some tries of our own."
With Warrington boasting strike players across the park, Yeaman and his FC colleagues accept they have to lift their game again on the back of a 46-10 win over the Giants last week.
But, with Warrington losing their qualifying play-off at home to St Helens, and now in the same knockout scenario as Hull, the 29-year-old believes all the pressure is on the hosts.
"Their fans would not have expected them to be in this game and I am sure they would have expected to have the week off," said Yeaman, who played in the 2006 Grand Final for Hull.
"I don't think there is any pressure on us, but there is on them. I think we can go there relaxed and play our own game. We have to make sure we don't let the occasion get to us though.
"It's not every day you get to play in a big game like this, you have to thrive on it and go and enjoy yourself.
"We know we need to get in an arm-wrestle and go set for set, then it's all down to which team breaks.
"Hopefully it won't be us. If we keep doing what we have been doing, and fix up a few areas, we can get the win."