Hull FC head coach Lee Radford urged his side to show considerable improvements for tonight’s clash with Leeds Rhinos, following on from their disappointing performance last week.
The Black and Whites fell to a 22-12 defeat to Huddersfield Giants in the previous round of fixtures, who sit two places above tonight’s visitors in 11th.
Despite the Super League table reading healthily for Hull heading into the Super 8s, another potential banana skin awaits as reigning champions Leeds head to the KCOM Stadium.
Fortunes have changed dramatically for Leeds after last season’s historic treble, with almost little to play for at this stage of the season heading into unknown territory in The Qualifiers.
Not deterred from criticism of last week’s encounter, Radford insisted his side must raise their energy levels and admits Leeds having little to gain in terms of table position brings with it a dangerous opposition.
“Looking back at last week’s game we needed some energy so that fixture obviously took a fair bit out of both sides and that showed in our performance” he said.
“It goes to show the level off competition now in Super League and if you have that off night the bottom of the table beats you and that’s a credit to the competition I suppose.
“I think it makes them a little bit more dangerous and offensively with Leeds you don’t know what’s coming; they can transfer the ball from one side of the field to the other with three passes and when you think play’s going away from you, it’s coming back to you.
“It’s very unorthodox in how the play with the ball and add to that they’ve not got a great deal to play for that’s going to multiply that style of play.”