Hull RUFC return from the first break of the season with a home game against Leeds Tykes. It’s a reminder of how far the team has come in recent seasons under the guidance of director of rugby Gary Pearce. Pearce admits victory over the former Premiership team would be a great scalp for the Chants Ave club, and a he believes a win can be achieved as long as his team can keep 15 players on the field for the entire game. Pearce has been impressed with spells in games his side have put in, and is calling for his players to put together a full 80-minute performance.
“This is a great challenge for us,” Pearce said.
“We believe we can beat Leeds because it’s a game we can win, but we need to keep 15 players on the pitch.
“We have shown good glimpses in games this season and we need to perform for the full 80 minutes this weekend and every weekend.
“Leeds would be a great scalp and we will hope to put in a good first 40 minutes and hopefully build on that.
“We’ve had the first month of the season and we know it’s as competitive as we thought it would be.
“The biggest lesson we can take is that mistakes get punished.
“We need to keep the ball for longer periods and adjust to the speed of the game.
“Our emphasis in training the last couple of weeks has been on defending and we need to get into our defensive positions quicker.
“We can’t let teams get a roll on and we need to control the second and third phases, stop them on the gain line and make them think about kicking.”