Home team Score Away Team

Warrington

  • Waterhouse, Ratchford, Evans,
    Goals: Ratchford (3),
18 - 16

Hull

  • Talanoa, Houghton, Lineham,
    Goals: Crooks (2),
  • Super League
  • 2nd Mar 2014
  • KO 15:00
  • Att: 10,276

Super League: Lee Radford blamed a poor first half for defeat to Warrington

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Lee Radford: Unhappy with poor first half performance

The players are frustrated with themselves because like last week against St Helens we have fronted up and come away with nothing.

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Lee Radford was left to reflect on his side's poor first-half showing as Hull went down 18-16 at Warrington.

Tries from Stefan Ratchford, Trent Waterhouse and Ben Evans in the first half had helped the home side build an 18-6 lead, but come the final whistle they were hanging on.

Hull's recovery to almost pinch the points at the Halliwell Jones Stadium was built on tries from Tom Lineham and Fetuli Talanoa in the final 20 minutes, with Danny Houghton having crossed for their opener in the first half.

Radford said: "Our first-half performance has probably cost us the victory today, we again strung together a top-quality 40 minutes (in the second half) and the quicker we realise if we put it together for longer periods the better chance we are going to give ourselves.

"Defensively we were really poor in the first half, but we defended our try line magnificently in the second half so it gives us something to build on.

"Warrington are a difficult team to defend against when they are on the front foot.

"The players are frustrated with themselves because like last week against St Helens we have fronted up and come away with nothing. The positives are that they are difficult grounds to go to and we haven't been far off and the negative is we are just falling short at the moment."

Radford was full of praise for loose forward Joe Westerman who put in a big effort for his side.

Radford added: "Joe was outstanding and has been our best player by a country mile. If he continues that form it will put us in good stead.

"He has been working really hard in training and potential is a word used time and again with Joe's career, and if he can continue with the form he's showing we can stop talking about potential and he will come to the realisation he is good enough to be where he can be at."

Improvement

Warrington coach Tony Smith was delighted with his side's defensive resilience as the Wolves held on for their first win of the Super League season.

"It was a tough old game played in tough conditions and we had to stick with it," Smith said.

"I thought we controlled it pretty well for much of the game, we had a few defensive slip-ups, but again it was a big improvement.

"It took a lot of resilience on your own goal line from time to time and we did that.

"We have improved again and our kicking game in the first half was terrific and that part of our game in the conditions was crucial.

"Some of our boys who have been well out of form had good solid games and that makes a big difference."

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Super League Table - August 17 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 24 36
2 Wigan Warriors 24 33
3 Leeds Rhinos 24 32
4 Warrington Wolves 24 32
5 Castleford Tigers 24 32
6 Huddersfield Giants 24 32
7 Catalan Dragons 24 23
8 Widnes Vikings 24 23
9 Hull K R 24 21
10 Salford Red Devils 24 19
11 Wakefield Wildcats 24 19
12 Hull FC 24 18
13 Bradford Bulls * 24 8
14 London Broncos 24 2
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