Fantastic, but now forget it: Gentle looks beyond Hull FC's 70-6 Odsal romp
PETER Gentle dedicated Hull FC’s 13-try romp at Bradford to the club’s fans – but then told his players to forget it and focus on next week.
Hull recorded the biggest away win in the club’s long history to win 70-6 at Odsal, wiping away the memory of their woeful display at Widnes last time out.
Led by a Tom Briscoe second-half hat-trick and a personal 26-point haul for Jamie Foster, Hull sent out a message to their play-off rivals with a season’s-best display.
Gentle was quick to say his players deserved all the plaudits, but eager to emphasise they had won nothing more than two points.
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And with that in mind, the Aussie told his side to focus solely on producing a similar display at home to Castleford on Saturday.
“We owed supporters, staff, the players, everyone at the club, let alone ourselves, a display like that,” said Gentle.
“We came with a semi-final mentality, but I never dreamt in my wildest dreams we’d have a score like that.
“It was a real team performance. The boys came back from their break and knuckled down. I knew we had a performance like this coming, although not to the extent of the score we had.
“We are already talking about Castleford though. We have been in this position already this year and we seem to get in the habit of feeling very good about ourselves. To the boys credit they are already talking about Castleford.
“It looks like we’ll be playing Huddersfield in the play-offs, but that’s not our focus, we are concentrating on beating Castleford this weekend.”
Yesterday’s Super League results confirmed Gentle’s thoughts, with Huddersfield’s loss to Warrington all-but confirming their seventh place finish.
Given Hull City are at home to Millwall on the Saturday, the clash is likely to be played on Sunday, September 16 at the KC.
Gentle is now hopeful his side have found their best form, but will be sweating this morning on the fitness of two of his senior players.
Kirk Yeaman pulled out minutes before kick-off at Odsal with a calf strain, while Ryan McGoldrick sustained a dislocated shoulder during the game.
Yeaman will be sent for scans, whilst McGoldrick will be assessed through the week, although he appeared fine afterwards.
Having seen his team respond from disappointment in some style, Gentle is now calling on his men to find that level of consistency needed for them to make a mark in the play-offs.
“There have been some ups and downs this year, but we’ve hung together and stayed solid,” he said.
“While our performances haven’t always been up to standard, we’ve managed to put in a performance like that on the back of a poor display.
“It’s about putting the consistency into our game now and the boys are excited.”