Back to basics as Hull RUFC chase first win
AFTER four successive defeats to start the season Hull RUFC have gone back to basics ahead of their home game against Caldy.
Hull returned from Preston Grasshoppers on the wrong end of a 52-12 defeat as former Hull FC scrum-half Sean Long ran the visitors ragged.
Director of rugby Chris Murphy admits the time has come to concentrate on getting the simple parts of their game right before trying to be too elaborate.
A fifth straight defeat will leave Hull languishing near the foot of the table, just five months after missing out on promotion to Division One.
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Murphy hopes the new approach brings a change in fortune.
"This week, we are going back to basics," Murphy told the Mail.
"We need to concentrate on doing the simple things right.
"I want us to get over the gain line and play more conservatively.
"Hopefully that will help us build up some confidence and take things from there.
"Last week against Preston, we were well and truly beaten.
"They would have done that to any team in the league the way they played last week.
"Preston had a simple game-plan of getting behind us and running through us too easily."
Last week's defeat at Preston was the first time this season that Hull had been outplayed.
In their other three games, they may have lost, but they picked up losing bonus points for losing by seven points or less.
Already this season, 13 of the 32 games (40 per cent) have been decided by a converted try.
Hull have been on the wrong end of three of those and know they must start to win the close matches they find themselves in.
"We need to start winning the tight games," Murphy said.
"We can't afford to slip behind the other teams if we have serious ambitions of winning promotion.
"We need a win, it's as simple as that.
"We believe we can turn the corner and when we start getting some of our injured players back, that will help us a lot.
"We're not making excuses, but we had nine first-team players available for training on Monday night.
"We will wait and see who is fit enough to play before naming our team to face Caldy. Our physio has been with us for six years and she said this is the worst she has seen.
"Some of them are tweaks that if we are not careful, they could become more serious.
"It's frustrating knowing the players we could field but we're not able to.
"When we do field our strongest side, it will make a big difference to our season."