Gentle hails Hull's courage

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Peter Gentle believes Hull's young players will only get stronger
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Peter Gentle believes Hull's young players will only get stronger

Hull coach Peter Gentle has praised the courage of his players following their 30-10 victory over Catalan Dragons.

Gentle said Hull could have rested players with a view to winning their final three games, but wanted to show how well they could play against a top-four side.

"The courage the boys showed just to get on the field just shows the character of the players we've got in the squad at the moment," he said.

Gentle added that Tom Lineham is playing out of position and learning the role on the run, with injuries dictating his selection at full-back. Gentle said: "He's improving every week which is encouraging".

The Hull coach believes the player has a lot to learn but is going well and will be much better next season with a full pre-season behind him.

He said: "It's going to be terrific for next season - the longer the young players have on the field this year."

The Dragons missed out because of their lack of execution and shape, according to coach Trent Robinson, who added that his side nevertheless created some opportunities.

"I thought we defended fairly well for the 30 points in the end," said Robinson.

"We had to defend our line on back-to-back sets in the first half many times, and I thought we were doing a good job before half-time with them only just being in front."

He added: "We're obviously not happy with losing but we know where we are at and what we need to do. We've had a couple of tough away trips and we've got to improve in the next couple of weeks."

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