Staying disciplined key to Hull closing out games
HULL RUFC chairman of rugby Chris Murphy has urged his players to be more disciplined at Preston Grasshoppers tomorrow.
Hull paid the price for their indiscipline last week when a last-minute penalty saw Luctonians take advantage of slack defending to score the decisive try to win 26-23.
Murphy knows Preston, with former Hull FC players Sean Long and Martin Gleeson in their side, can take advantage of any cheap field position given to them.
"We have spoken about our need to be more disciplined," Murphy said.
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"Luctonians scored when we conceded a late penalty and switched off defensively.
"The penalties we have conceded have been for little things like back-chat and they can be resolved.
"The penalty count was very high and very one-sided against us. It's hard to win games when you have to defend so many penalties.
"We haven't been far away in the games we have lost this season so that is encouraging."
In fact, Hull have been in with a chance of winning all three games in the latter stages this season.
Murphy has urged his players to stayed focused for the entire 80 minutes.
"We are fit enough, there's no question about that," he said. "We went in at half-time leading 20-7 and there should only have been one outcome.
"If we'd scored the second-half's first try, I think the game would have been over. We let them back in and they got momentum to the end of the game."