Gentle pulls no punches
Hull FC were so disappointed with their winning performance against Hull KR last week they are treating it as a loss, according to coach Peter Gentle.
The Australian called his team a "rabble" after they scraped a Magic Weekend victory following an incorrect decision by video referee Steve Ganson.
Nonetheless, it improved Hull's record to eight wins from nine and they head into tonight's clash with Leeds Rhinos as one of the competition's form sides.
Yet Gentle has acted as though the game was lost and wants his players to respond accordingly when the champions arrive at the KC Stadium.
"The game can't come soon enough," said Gentle.
"We won't sit back thinking we can afford a couple more losses; tomorrow is win at all costs. It's a great challenge. We're up against the 'champion' side, but we are up for it.
"We've treated the derby game as a loss, I don't think we played well enough to deserve a win. Fortunately, we got the result through one way or another."
Despite the fortuitous nature of their winning try against Hull KR, Gentle's men still had to produce three scores in the last 10 minutes to get the points.
That they were able to suggests their game is in good working order and Gentle has also been pleased with how his players have performed in training this week.
"It has been an intense week as it never sits well playing poorly," he said.
"The result was a bonus. We had built a lot of momentum, got on the front foot, but we played poorly last week. We've spoken about that, it has been addressed and it definitely won't happen again.
"Last week aside, we were playing with intensity and I don't envision it being a problem this week."