Hull FC: 'No fear' of Super League favourites Warrington Wolves
PETER Gentle says Warrington hold no fear for his Hull FC side, insisting they are no longer afraid of anyone in Super League.
The bookmakers' favourites to be crowned champions arrive at the KC Stadium tonight as one of only two unbeaten teams so far this season.
Undefeated in their last five visits to the KC, Warrington are fancied to take home the two points again.
But Gentle says there is a new steel to the Black and Whites and, with a real belief running through his squad, says Hull are confident they won't be bitten by the Wolves again.
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"The belief is there in our squad and with Warrington coming here, we are not afraid to play anyone," Gentle told the Mail.
"It was evident last week at St Helens, I could feel before the game and in the dressing room that we weren't nervous or worried about the game, or getting a score put on us.
"Even at 10 points behind I knew we would always come back and there is genuine belief now in this side."
Instilling a winning culture and confidence has been Gentle's key focus this year, with Hull's comeback at Saints offering an indication the Aussie coach is succeeding in his methods.
The Black and Whites will find the Wolves a much sterner test of their credentials though, and whilst Hull were much improved at St Helens, they still personified a team with plenty of rough edges and work to do.
Hull dominated the final 30 minutes at Langtree Park, but it wasn't until those closing stages that they finally found their stride.
It's a point emphasised by Gentle, who admits the next challenge for his players is to first turn their 30- minute performance into a full half, before then focussing on that 80- minute performance which so often eluded them last year.
"The performance at St Helens has put a spring in our step at training this week," Gentle said.
"But the challenge is to maintain that and expand that last 30 minutes at Saints into a full half, and then build that into two halves.
"We are a work in progress, so that will happen and I can see a lot of good things happening for us.
"I anticipate an improvement every week.
"There may be weeks when we take two steps forward and then one step backwards. But I'd like to think, given it is Richard Horne's 350th game and we are at home with our crowd, we've enough incentive this week."