Hull RUFC assistant coach Clive Griffiths admits Saturday’s 27-8 win in their season opener at home to Luctonians was pleasing. Standing in for Gary Pearce, Griffiths took charge of the team for their first game of the season and while the win was pleasing, he admits there is still room for improvement.
When they were in control of the game, Hull’s indiscipline almost allowed their opponents back into the game when they were reduced to 14 men, but they finished strongly to get the job done.
“To get five points from your first game is pleasing,”Griffiths said.
“Scoring four tries to one, we’ve got to be happy. This wasn’t the first game of the season, this was the first game for over 18 months.
“We were bound to have a bit of ring rust.
“That said, some of the poor aspects of play we had, we will discuss with the players.
“The beauty of rugby is that you get another chance to work on things this week.
“The penalty count was a problem and it was a problem at Macclesfield (in pre-season) and that gave them a foothold into the game.
“We picked up a yellow card and they scored. But the boys weathered the storm after that, went down to the other end and were clinical and scored two lovely tries.
“For a first outing after so many months, you can have as many friendlies as you like, but when there are points at stake and the chips are down as they were at times, we came up smelling of roses.
“All credit to the players for the way they played.”