Simon Grix shares Hull FC travel plans and pressure of 'must-win' London test

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-Credit:SW Pix

Hull FC will spend the weekend down in the capital as they make their first ever trip to the Cherry Red Records Stadium to take on London Broncos. The Black and Whites will travel down south on Saturday before meeting the Broncos in Sunday's clash in Wimbledon.

Looking to spend some time together as a team, Simon Grix is buoyed by the upcoming trip, with the interim head coach in an upbeat mood ahead of the Super League round 11 contest. For Grix, it's a good opportunity to bond off the field, with the on-field performances improving in recent weeks as a handful of new faces—Tom Briscoe, Yusuf Aydin, Tiaki Chan, and Ben Reynolds—have arrived at the club.

And while the results are still to come, Grix is hoping the trip can galvanize the group as they look for what would be their first win in nine games, with their only scalp to date coming over the Broncos via a last-minute Morgan Smith winner back in March.

"We're going down on Saturday, which is a great opportunity for us to get together as a group," Grix told Hull Live. "We have some new lads in there, and we'll have a bit of time together on the bus, a bit of a laugh, and play some cards. We can then chill out and spend a few hours with each other.

"We have to thank the club for that. They're giving us the best opportunity again. It doesn't always guarantee you success. I've done it all; driving on the day, staying down, and different methods, and none guarantee you anything, but as best practice goes, it's probably the smartest way to do it. We're looking forward to it."

And in terms of preparing for Sunday's challenge, nothing has changed. Hull, who have taken some small steps forward under Grix and start as favourites, know that only a lift in performance will see a victory, with full respect shown to the London club, who were so close to what would have arguably been a deserved victory at the MKM Stadium.

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"I think the majority of that London team were together last year, playing in a similar style, and they've carried that over to Super League," Grix continued. "It was always going to be an uphill battle for them. They've got nothing to lose, whereas we're this club with a pretty rich history, and the expectation is really high, so there's always going to be pressure on us every time we play.

"It just depends on what you do with that pressure. We're not going to build this week up too early and make it into a cup final that other people will make it out to be. There's a long way still to go in this season, and we're still building. We're trying to get our performances up to the right level, and we're getting there with it.

"We've had loads of new additions come in amongst that, and we haven't gotten into a rhythm with it just yet, but we've got a longer turnaround to get people settled and add to what we've been doing. We'll go and give it our best shot. If we win, is it the end of the world for London? No. And if London win, is it the end of the world for us? No.

"The noise will be there; it always is, but we're just focusing on making sure we go and get better every time we go out there. If we do that, then we give ourselves a strong chance. The boys have been in a pretty good mood this week, and there is that healthy fear around them. They know that if they don't win, then they're going to get hammered, and I think you need that sometimes. You need that pressure. It's not always a bad thing."

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