Simon Grix makes brutally honest Hull FC derby admission ahead of 'mega' fixture

Hull FC interim coach Simon Grix.
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Simon Grix has insisted that his Hull FC side 'won't die wondering' against Hull KR this weekend. The two local rivals meet for the third time this year on Saturday afternoon, with the East Hull outfit comfortably winning on both occasions so far.

First defeating the Black and Whites in the opening game of the Super League season, the Robins followed their triumph up with another strong account on Good Friday, with Grix indicating that Hull 'threw the towel in' that day.

However, Grix has stated that his side will give everything to ensure that is not the case this time around, with the interim coach seeing an improved account from his players in recent weeks. They were just pipped at Salford last Sunday, and despite having just one win against Leeds to show for their efforts, the performances have generally been much better as they look to propel themselves up the Super League table once again.

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Speaking to Hull Live, Grix said: "We won't die wondering. I'm sure the lads will have a dig. Round one didn't go as planned, did it? And the fixture over at their place was one of those where, through a period of the game, we did throw the towel in and look for a way out.

"We need to correct that and make sure we're having a real dig and competing for everything. We'll see what our team is later this week, but whatever our side is in black and white, they'll be giving it everything.

"That first game was my first experience of the Hull derby. I thought it was mega. It was really good, and the atmosphere was class. Hopefully, we get that same sort of following again.

"We had a great following at Salford, and our fans can see and understand the effort that is going in now, which is nice compared to being booed off at half-time or twenty minutes in, even. That's definitely better for us, but I've got to stress again, we've got to win games, and it hurts when we don't."

Hull head into the third derby of the season, with club captain Danny Houghton a serious doubt with a calf injury. Ligi Sao is also being monitored after suffering a rib issue at Salford. The duo join the likes of Cam Scott, Jack Ashworth, and Jed Cartwright on the sidelines, who were all ruled out last week.

That saw Will Kirby make his first-grade debut, with youth shining once again as Logan Moy, Will Gardiner, Lewis Martin, and Denive Balmforth produced strong accounts.

"We're doing it tough with injuries again," Grix added. "It's a bit of a cloud, but the silver linings are in there with some of the young blokes who are going to get some time, and irrespective of the result, we need to be giving that wholehearted sort of display. Down the track, and as much as it's hard now, those young blokes are getting some experience that will stand them in good stead.

"We're competing in games now, and we're proud of that, but it doesn't get you up the ladder, does it? It's frustrating. I'm proud of their ability to keep turning up when it's tough. That's improved greatly.

"I thought, and it sounds pretty bad, that we threw the towel in a couple of times when it got tough earlier in the year. I'm also proud of the number of lads who have come through from Hull that played again, which is another great positive for us, but I can't say it enough, you don't train all week and watch how many games and different footage, and then go out and practice it, just to compete. We want to win games."

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