Jordan Lane explains key Hull FC fix up as forward opens up on bizarre career first

-Credit: (Image: SW Pix)
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Jordan Lane believes defence is still Hull FC’s biggest fix up as they look to keep improving in the second half of the Super League season. The Black and Whites have put in two sterner accounts in recent weeks against Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves, with the challenge to keep getting better in the remaining dozen rounds.

And Lane, who has been ever-present this season, says the side are looking for more urgency in the defensive side of the game, with the back-row forward explaining the need to defend as one whole unit.

Reflecting on Sunday’s 24-18 defeat to Wire, Lane told the media post-match: “It was a tough one to take. It was a close game. We came out firing a bit, we took them right to eighty minutes, and unfortunately, we didn't get the win. We didn't start great. We were a bit lazy, so to speak, and we said at half time that when the ball goes away from you, we've still got to move in defence.

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“They had players like (George) Williams and (Matt) Dufty who could come back the other way in an instant, and that's how they scored their tries. We've got to fix that and our own errors. There were a few that were a bit forced, I'd say, but defence is definitely our biggest fix up.

"We need to move on both sides of the ball and just be a little bit more urgent. I felt that against Leeds, there was a lot of urgency, but against Warrington, we lacked a bit of that. We just need to keep digging in and take that attitude to Salford.”

On the attacking side, Hull made more attacking running metres than Warrington—the first time they have outscored their opposition in that department all season. They did that despite losing three players—Cam Scott, Jack Ashworth, and Ligi Sao to knocks, with Lane confident the side can be more clinical and execute their plays going forward.

“We saw a stat at half-time, and we had 60% of the ball,” Lane continued. “At the start of the season, we never had that, we always felt like we were defending and we was on the lower end of possession.

“We just need to be more clinical and precise with the ball. Sometimes we was over-running each other and we was a bit lost in attack. We went away from the game plan a little bit and it showed. We’ve come on leaps and bounds, but we've still got a long way to go.

“There were a couple of times where we hit the wrong man or chose the wrong option, especially when they went down to 12-men. We didn't really put into practice what we worked on. That cost us.”

And for Lane, Saturday’s game was a first for the 26-year-old, with the player spending some time on the wing while Tom Briscoe was off the field for his head injury assessment. Lining up on the right edge, Lane caught a looping pass from Ben Reynolds, with his teammates joking he should have stepped opposite man Matty Ashton and gone for the corner.

“That's what the lads were saying, that I should have put a step on Ashton and gone for the corner, but I haven't done enough practice for that,” Lane joked. “That's the first time I can say I've ever played on the wing. I played centre a few times.

“The actual plan was that I was going to right centre and Carlos (Tuimavave) was going to the wing. But Carlos being a centre said, 'I'll attack as centre, and you go on the wing, and then we'll swap in defence.'

“And when Ben put that ball over the top, I thought, 'Oh, here we go.' At least I can tick the wing spot off now. It's just full-back I've got left. I'm happy just to fill in for five or ten minutes if the boys need me. I'll do anything for the team.

“I'm just happy to be on the team sheet every week and happy to be injury-free. I try to put my best foot forward for the team and do my best. I feel good, and I feel like I've made an impact over the last two weeks.”

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