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Our defence was soft and it's cost us dearly: Smith.

WARRINGTON 26 HULL FC 27 WARRINGTON coach Tony Smith lamented his side's soft defensive efforts as they threw away a winning lead and missed the chance to return to the top four with a 27-26 home defeat to Hull.

Seven days after claiming a last second victory over Widnes, the Wolves found themselves on the receiving end as scrum-half Marc Sneyd landed a drop-goal with the last kick of the game to claim victory for Hull.

Smith said after the First Utility Super League setback: "We may have got out of jail a little last week, but we put ourselves in jail this week.

"To be 10 points up with 10 minutes to play - we didn't manage our time very well in that last part of the game.

"Our goal line defence has been improving and helping us get results in the last few weeks but we went soft again today and paid a heavy price for it. Full credit to Hull, they fought hard right through to the end, threw caution to the wind and it paid off ." Hull coach Lee Radford was delighted his side came out out on the right side of the result after so many close defeats this season.

He said: ""We have been on the back end of losing by a point or two points so many times, so to come away with the win is important.

"The actual last play was bizarre. We actually slung a four-man wall up and it was just enough to put them off and for Marc (Sneyd) to execute, it's credit to him in a difficult situation.

"It was a good performance energywise, defensively we were good and with the ball we were far better - and that has got to be the blueprint for us.

"In the first half I think were were at their end five times and scored three tries, which was a great strike-rate.

"We wanted to build more pressure on them in the second half and I don't think we did, so I'm glad frustration and apprehension didn't creep in and we continued to play and did enough to get the result.

"We have been asking and promoting more ad-lib footy, pushing the pass a bit more and we have been reluctant to do it for some reason. We are a good defensive team so if we make an error doing that we can defend the next set of six."

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:May 11, 2015
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