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Peter Gentle was impressed by Hull's defensive efforts in the win over Leeds
Hull FC coach Peter Gentle remained grounded despite seeing his side move into the top four of the Super League with an 18-6 win over Leeds.
Early tries from Joe Westerman and Ben Crooks and a third just before the interval for Danny Houghton were enough to see the Black and Whites home.
Gentle was convinced there were more tries to come from his side against the out-of-sorts Rhinos but was content to put another two points on the board.
"We have got a special group in there but we are probably a bit guilty of not trying to lose the game in the second half," he said.
"We are staying grounded, we are happy with what we have done.
"It was a real team performance today and we are really proud of ourselves for our defensive effort and they really enjoyed it out there.
"But we are not getting carried away. These games coming up will define our season. There are a lot of good teams out there."
It was not a perfect night for the hosts, however, with Gentle admitting he was now nursing some injury concerns.
"Chris Green may have torn his bicep, and Mark O'Meley has torn his hamstring, and I didn't know that prop forwards could do that," he said.
Leeds coach Brian McDermott was left to come to terms with a fourth straight defeat compounded by injuries to key performers Danny McGuire and Kallum Watkins.
He said: "It's not good news on both fronts. I don't think they will be two or three weeks, I think they will be longer than that.
"Kallum has got an ankle injury and hopefully finger crossed he hasn't got a break. Danny McGuire has an ankle injury and it's too early to say what it is."
On the game, he added: "Giving the opposition a start like we did is not good enough. You can call it what you want. I think we are having a bad run."
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|12||Salford Red Devils||3||2|
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|Friday 6th March|
|20:00||Wakefield Wildcats vs St Helens|
|20:00||Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings|
|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:30||Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th March|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Hull K R|
|Thursday 12th March|
|20:00||Huddersfield Giants vs Castleford Tigers|
|Friday 13th March|
|20:00||Warrington vs Leeds|
|20:00||Widnes Vikings vs St Helens|
|20:00||Wigan vs Hull|
|Sunday 15th March|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Catalans Dragons|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th March|
|Hull FC 12 - 43 Leeds Rhinos|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Widnes Vikings 58 - 16 Wakefield Wildcats|
|Hull K R 22 - 20 Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Salford Red Devils 32 - 28 Hull FC|
|Catalans Dragons 38 - 18 Warrington Wolves|
|Friday 27th February|
|St Helens 21 - 14 Castleford Tigers|
|Thursday 26th February|
|Leeds Rhinos 28 - 24 Huddersfield Giants|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford|
|Friday 13th February|
|Hull 6 - 7 Warrington|
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