Simon Grix rues Hull FC missed chances as updates given on injured trio

Simon Grix put Hull FC's narrow loss at Huddersfield Giants down to the taking of chances. The Black and Whites went down 24-18 in West Yorkshire on Friday night, suffering their eleventh straight first-grade defeat.

However, for Grix, the overall performance was a step forward. Hull had some bright moments and chances to hit the ascendency. They broke the line on numerous occasions, but unfortunately couldn't finish their opportunities.

That, ultimately, was the difference and was best exemplified by a more clinical Huddersfield side, who scored on their first attacking set after Hull had the early chances to hit the front. The Giants then built on that lead, with Hull fighting back late on to get within six points—although, like last week, it was a little too late.

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Speaking to Hull Live post-match, Grix said: "That was it—the taking of chances. In our first set down there, we poked through the line, but then we came up with a poor kick to finish it. When we did challenge them and get through the line, we couldn't get the pass away.

"It's all if's, but's, and maybe's, of course, but I'm pleased with some aspects. We improved in some areas and asked some questions. They did perform pretty well tonight and it wasn't just the ending of the game for us; we tried earlier on as well.

"The difference between the teams was the end of sets. We let them out, and they were kicking and putting us deep in our own half. They won that territory battle, and we didn't get enough shape in our kicks, but we certainly did play how we practiced in parts, and we tried to challenge the defence of Huddersfield. We asked plenty of questions, and we broke the line a few times. We just couldn't get anything, and things didn't go our way.

"Danny Houghton has been struggling for weeks. He always is. He's nearly 36. He couldn't give anymore with his ribs at the moment. Liam Sutcliffe's hammy was then pulled after 20. He toughed it out to half-time, and there were a couple of head knocks in there as well, so we had plenty of adversity.

"There were also plenty of good things in the game, and I'm proud of their effort in spite of that adversity. It was a step forward, but we're still not going home happy. We're not winning, but that's the closest we've been for a while."

Grix confirmed that Sutcliffe, who was replaced for the second half by Davy Litten, had been struggling with a hamstring injury throughout the week, with Harvey Barron also failing his HIA in the second half. Tiaki Chan passed his during the half-time period.

"I think it was that long run to the try line last week that started it for Sutty," Grix added. "He got through training okay; we knew he had something; they all do at this stage, but we had to pull him out of the game. He's got a couple of weeks to get over it, but I thought Davy did a good job for us there, too.

"Harvey couldn't come back to the field. I didn't see exactly what happened, but I did tell him last week that when you're that big, don't run with your chin in the sky; get down. It's unfortunate, but that's the game now.

"I'm not sure he had a concussion from the fractured skull. He's got two weeks now, which will help him anyway. We've got the gap now, but we'll double check everything."

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