Challenge Cup: Hull coach Peter Gentle happy with win over Crusaders

Last updated: 21st April 2013  

Challenge Cup: Hull coach Peter Gentle happy with win over Crusaders

Peter Gentle: valuable experience for youngsters

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Hull coach Peter Gentle was pleased with the performances of his young players in the 62-6 Challenge Cup victory over Championship One side Crusaders.

Gentle gave several of his youngsters a chance to impress in the fourth-round tie, with Jamie Shaul, 20, helping himself to a hat-trick of tries.

Gentle said: "The main thing we can take from today was the amount of game time we got into the younger blokes in the squad.

"In the cup, winning is all that matters and we've got through to the next round, but a big positive for us was the experience the youngsters gained in playing in that sort of environment.

"When you looked at our team sheet today and saw the number of players who wearing number 20-something on their back, it gives you a fair idea of the number of people we had missing.

"The guys out there did a terrific job and we've come through relatively unscathed, so we are pretty pleased.

"We were probably guilty of losing our concentration a few times but we got the win and that's the main thing. It is hard to stay in these games and keep your concentration up."

Crusaders coach Clive Griffiths said: "I was proud of the effort the boys put in today. People might take me away in a strait-jacket but I didn't feel that was a 60-point game."

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