Gentle: Hull FC will be 'formidable' force, despite difficult start
PETER Gentle says he’s unconcerned with Hull FC’s current league position at this early stage of the season as it represents a reflection of where they are right now.
The Aussie has declared himself comfortable with the Black and Whites’ opening month, buoyed by his belief when they start to fire Hull will be a formidable side to rival any in Super League.
With one win and a draw from their first four games, Hull currently sit ninth in the league ladder, five points behind early pacesetters Huddersfield Giants.
Admitting he’d rather have more points to show at this stage, Gentle says Hull don’t deserve any more than they have.
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But with their two losses coming to last year’s Grand Final sides Leeds and Warrington, the Black and Whites’ coach insists he’s not concerned with Hull’s points return.
“We are not far off and I’m not concerned we have two losses to last year’s Grand Finalists,” Gentle told the Mail.
“Anyone who has seen us this year can see the signs that when this side clicks into gear we are going to be a formidable outfit.
“I am comfortable with where we are at the moment.
“Losing to last year’s Grand Finalists, a draw against Saints and a good win against Bradford is about right for where we are at the moment.
“I couldn’t argue we should be higher up the table.
“I’d like to be, but I can’t argue with where we are.”
Hull’s difficult opening month to the season will give way to a busy March that brings five games, but with only a trip to Huddersfield pitting Gentle’s men against a side that finished in the top eight last season.
Saturday’s trip to Widnes is one of three away fixtures in March alongside the game against Huddersfield and a visit to London, while
Castleford and Hull KR arrive at the KC Stadium.
With the Challenge Cup starting after a busy Easter period in April, Gentle is aware March provides an opportunity for Hull to climb the league ladder and manoeuvre themselves into a stronger position with a third of the campaign then complete.
Gentle says his side haven’t identified a points return for the month of March and will take each game as it comes, with their only aim being their finishing position come September.
“We don’t put the games in blocks and say we need to do this or that, we need to win a stack of games to be in the top four, that’s all we know,” added Gentle.
“We didn’t set any goals about winning four of our first six games, or eight of our first 10, or whatever.
“We take each game as it comes and you can’t get a good idea until each team has played each other once, that gives you a fair indication of where everyone is.
“At the moment you do your best each week and try to come up with victories.”