Hull FC coach Lee Radford praised the physicality of his side after they bounced back to form in style to win the 229th Hull derby.
The Black and Whites moved back to the Super League summit with an impressive 36-12 win against cross-city rivals Hull KR, usurping Wigan at the top in the process.
And Radford was quick to praise his side’s performance as they shook off consecutive defeats to Huddersfield and Leeds with a well-worked victory on Thursday night.
“We needed to get our form and fluency back after losing our last two matches. That fact that it was a derby meant we needed a response even more,” Radford said.
“I felt we did that tremendously well and I’m really pleased with the performance. We responded well to a poor start and were really clinical for a key 20-minute period in the first half. Physically we were great in the middle and our tightness after collision was superb. We’ve been rolled up the field too much lately but that didn’t happen tonight so credit to the pack.”