Leeds Rhinos: We’ll need to be really clinical to beat Rhinos – Radford

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Hull FC boss Lee Radford knows his side must “really clinical” to defeat Leeds Rhinos.

They have not won at Headingley since 2007 ahead of tomorrow’s First Utility meeting between the sides.

He said: “Leeds present you with chances so we’ve got to be really clinical.

“But we’re also going to have to be fantastic in defence, because they ask some real questions of you.

“You’ve a sprinkling of their future coming through at the club at the moment in (Liam) Sutcliffe, (Stevie) Ward and (Ash) Handley, and then they have some fantastic seniors who are coming towards the back end of their careers.

“They’re a quality side and have been throughout the Super League era.”

Radford says Hull have started to try replicating Leeds’ attitude towards youth.

“Leeds have had it right for a long period and that model that they have got is something we have tried using,” he said.

“For us, geographically, we’re at the end of the M62, so thankfully we don’t have the competition from the likes of Castleford, Wakefield and Bradford (for players) and that works in our favour.

“But Leeds have always produced good young players and the seniors they have are great role models for them.”

Hull also host Leeds in a Challenge Cup quarter-final on Friday before a rearranged league game against bottom-placed Wakefield Trinity on Wednesday, July 1.

They then swiftly host Wakefield – who have lost 15 successive Super League matches – the following Sunday in a crucial period for FC who are currently clinging on to the final play-offs place in eighth.

They have lost just three of their last 11 games to revitalise their chances but could still drop out of the eight tomorrow.

Radford admitted: “That would be really disappointing (considering our form).

“We’ve actually got a double-header and then another so it’s a bit of a strange one in terms of preparation. It’ll be easier on the staff, probably half the video sessions and work we have to do. But the next three weeks are really important.”

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