Radford demanding improvement ahead of Saints showdown

Hull FC head coach Lee Radford has refused to allow himself to look at the Super League table, but has urged his side to improve on their Magic Weekend victory last weekend.

Radford’s side currently sit top of the table after 15 rounds, two points clear of Catalans, Warrington and Wigan, after climbing to the summit following Sunday’s 28-16 victory over Hull KR.

Despite his side sitting in somewhat unfamiliar territory at the top of the table, Radford insisted his side will not get carried away with their recent form.

“We’re not looking at the table or points but what we are looking for is improvements on Sunday because there’s plenty of them in us,” he said.

“We’re really pleased with where we are at but we are fully aware it can change very quickly if we are not bang at it every week.

“Some games have been nip and tuck and some we have come from three or four scores behind but shown the confidence to keep playing and get the win.”

Radford faces the tough decision on who will partner Marc Sneyd in the halves for Saturday’s clash with St Helens, with Carlos Tuimavave and Leon Pryce both set to be named. Samoan international Tuimavave was instrumental last weekend after coming on from the interchange, giving Hull the creativity required to score the decisive final two tries.

With the 24-year-old offering Radford food for thought regarding his selection, he expects the decision to be made later in the week.

“Carlos was really tidy against Hull KR. He was heavily involved and got us moving forward,” he added.

“He gave us some shape coming out of our own end, which made our sets finish higher up the field.

“He did exactly what we asked of him. Both he and Leon are fit along with a large contingent of the squad. There are selection headaches right across the park.

“They’ll both be named in the squad and we’ll make a decision on who to start later on in the week.”