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globalrugbyleague - Sun, 18 Feb 2007 08:39:00 GMT
Hull FC remain winless in the English Super League after the Rhinos trampled over them 18-4 in round 2.

Drawing 10-all against Les Catalans last week, the 2006 Grand Final runners up looked strong odds before the season kicked off.

However back to back losses have forced Australian coach Peter Sharp to lay down the law early, offering no excuses.

“Injuries are no excuse. We've spoken about how strong our squad is. We should be able to cover for these guys” Sharp told SkySports.

“Maybe we've all been believing the publicity," he said.

“Last year doesn't carry any weight with anybody this year. We need to start doing the business to get our credibility back. It's entirely in our hands.

The lack of points for Sharp’s squad is quite surprising, given the talent they’ve acquired in the form of Hutch Maiava, Matt Sing, Danny Tickle and Wayne Goodwin.

Hull however are still without Willie Manu and Paul Cook care of inconvenient injuries.

Last season Hull FC lost four out of their first 7 games before then head coach John Kear was given the punt.

Sharp then arrived and in Lazerus style coached the club to 13 straight wins, eventually taking them to the Grand Final where they were thoroughly defeated 26-4 by St Helens.

Given their slow-start to the season, it was quite an achievement for Hull FC even to make it that far and credit to the standards Sharp set the club.

But the price of success is that you raise expectations and they have not been met in the first two rounds.

The party poopers who happily contributed to Hull FC’s loss were in fact Lee Smith, Kevin Sinfield and Ryan Bailey who each scored tries for the Rhinos.

However according to coach Tony Smith, it was the defence that gave him a big grin in the coaches box.

“I thought our defence was absolutely outstanding to let in one try from a kick that on any other day would have hit the fence,” Smith told SkySports.

Hull FC, who currently sit in 9th spot on the Super League competition ladder, will go hunting for their first win of the season against Warrington next Sunday.

LEEDS 18 (L Smith, K Sinfield, R Bailey tries; K Sinfield goals) HULL FC 4 (M Sing tries; O goals) at Headingley Stadium. Crowd: 18,659 Half-Time: Leeds 6-0. - Read More, Here