'Disappointed but proud' Simon Grix assesses Hull FC defeat as update given on injured trio

Hull FC dejected after their side's loss to Warrington.
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Simon Grix was proud of his Hull FC side's display against Warrington Wolves but was still disappointed not to win the game. The Black and Whites were edged out 24-18 by the Wire at the MKM Stadium, with Matt Dufty landing the decisive blow inside the last two minutes.

Once again, Hull showed plenty of grit and determination in their performance. There was effort and energy, just not enough quality when it mattered.

Hull, who had the majority of the territory, just couldn't make it count with numerous chances passing by. Warrington, meanwhile, hung on, with Dufty's speed enough to grab the two Super League points at the death.

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Grix's side also had to deal with plenty of adversity throughout the match. They lost Tom Briscoe for 15 minutes as he passed his head injury assessment, with Cam Scott, Jack Ashworth, and Ligi Sao also leaving the field to knocks.

Speaking to the media post-match, Grix said: "That might have been a good one to watch for the neutral. It was end-to-end at times. I'm proud of the lads. I thought they had a really good dig, and it was important that we backed up last week with another good performance in terms of effort and energy this week. They showed some togetherness again.

"Obviously, we're disappointed. We felt like we could have gotten something out of the game. I'm proud of them because they had a good performance, but also because of the adversity in and among it. We had Tom Briscoe come off for the head check, and then we lost him for 15 minutes. We lost Cam Scott, Jack Ashworth, and Ligi Sao, so for a time we only had one person to select from on the interchange.

"They went through a bit today. It's disappointing, and to get beat on the bell, that's a bit of a suckerpunch, but we showed them signs again that we are heading in the right direction. It's just really disappointing not to come away with something."

Hull were on top for large parts of the game. Warrington kept handing them possession, but Hull couldn't grab the opportunities, with Grix saying his side didn't play how they practiced in the lead-up to the clash.

"We didn't start the game well, which was disappointing," Grix continued. "On the whole, you make loads of choices on the field, and when you're blowing a bit and it's a contest, you make choices about where you spend your energy. I think they just caught us a couple of times where we thought we'd get away with this and instead got burned. There are a couple of lessons there.

"With the ball, we spent a lot of time on their line in that first half, and we're disappointed that it didn't look like we practiced. It was off-the-cuff and frantic. It looked like we were making it up, so there's another lesson in there: we don't prepare for the sake of it; we're preparing for a reason.

"We need to be organised when we're down there, but we've been hit by 50 a number of times this year, and I'd rather feel like this, as much as this one hurts, than like that. There are lots of positives."

And as for the injuries, Grix gave an immediate update on Hull's injured trio, with further assessments and scans to be made.
"Jack has hurt his ankle," Grix added. "We need to check it, but it was obviously significant enough for him to go down in a heap. Cam was his hamstring. We will have to get him scanned. Ligi was a combination of things. He's been putting his body through it for a while now without much of a breather. He just got to where he couldn't continue.

"We've got a week off now to lick our wounds, and hopefully, at least one of them comes out of the other side of it and we can select them, but we'll see."

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