Radford embarrassed after Hull loss

Lee Radford was furious with his team's performance

Lee Radford was furious with his team's performance

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Hull coach Lee Radford labelled his side an embarrassment after they crashed to a 56-10 defeat at new First Utility Super League leaders Wigan.

The injury-hit Black and Whites conceded 10 tries to the reigning champions and, after picking up just a point from their last five matches, Radford virtually conceded their play-off hopes are at an end.

"Playing like that, the season is done and (reaching) the eight is a pipe-dream," Radford said. "Thankfully we will get some troops back and hopefully we can get a result against Castleford next Thursday.

"The emotions are one of embarrassment. There were some unbelievably average performances out there and, after the start we got, to watch us capitulate like that was very disappointing. One or two of them will be personally embarrassed by what they tossed up tonight.

"We're short on numbers. We had 18 fit blokes to pick from. We lost a couple on the captain's run and that hurt us. We had to give Jack Logan his debut and I'm sure he'll be better for that opportunity."

Radford hopes to have Kirk Yeaman, Richard Horne, Setaimata Sa and skipper Gareth Ellis back for the visit of the Tigers.

Wigan, too, were well below strength but they never looked back after full-back Lewis Tierney, son of former dual international Jason Robinson, put them in front with a spectacular fourth-minute try, while England winger Josh Charnley celebrated his 100th Super League appearance with his 12th try in six matches.

"I'm fairly happy," Warriors coach Shaun Wane said. "I'm not ecstatic. I thought our start was a bit slow. We lacked a bit of energy.

"But to score 50 points with nine players out, I'm happy with that. Three-quarters of our salary cap were sat at the side of me in the stand, so I'm very happy with the spread of my squad and that's credit to our system.

"It's been a good night, with us going top and Warrington losing. We will be getting those nine players back in the next couple of weeks, so we're in good shape."

Man of the match was 19-year-old George Williams, who alternated between stand-off and hooker in the absence of Blake Green and Michael McIlorum and doubled his try tally for the season with a hat-trick.

"Some of his skill was ordinary - needs to improve that - but he took his tries well," Wane said. "He looked powerful. He's an outstanding talent."

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