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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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|9||Hull K R||27||23|
|10||Salford Red Devils||27||23|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||27||10|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th February|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|Friday 6th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Catalans Dragons|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th February|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Leeds|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|20:00||Salford vs St Helens|
|Friday 13th February|
|20:00||Hull vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Widnes|
|20:00||Wigan vs Huddersfield|
|First Utility Super League|
|Saturday 11th October|
|St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington|
|Thursday 2nd October|
|St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons|
|Friday 26th September|
|Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons|
|Thursday 25th September|
|Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons|
|Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes|
|Friday 19th September|
|St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford|
|Thursday 18th September|
|Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R|
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