Hull FC’s mini revival is down to a shift in playing style according to Saints coach Keiron Cunningham.
The Airlie birds have won four of their past five Super League games, including a 27-26 win over Warrington and their 28-20 success at Langtree Park on Easter Monday as they prepare to host Saints at the KC Stadium on Friday night.
And according to Cunningham, ex-Saint Leon Pryce is orchestrating the Black and Whites’ turn of fortunes.
“They’re playing really well,” he said.
“They’ve changed the way they do things with the ball. They play Leon on the ball a bit more and Leon’s a good player and hitting a lot of good form.
“He’s playing some really good rugby and it’s good for Leon, good for Hull but just not so good for us at the moment.”
Hull currently occupy eighth place in a congested Super League table, having caught the tail end of the pack chasing the top four after recovering from a seven-game losing run earlier in the season.
But as Cunningham points out, the losing run which badly damaged their league position included a string of close called. One point losses came against Warrington and Wigan early in the season, while only Hull KR and Leeds defeated them by more than 10 points.
“You see how teams play and you understand how teams change things and how they play a bit differently,” Cunningham explained.
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence – they’ve been a great defensive side and it made no sense because they weren’t in a good spot in the table.
“Even at the start of the year if you looked at the for and against they are a great defensive side.
“They were losing game by minimal points and I think Leon playing on the ball has definitely changed the way they attack and they’re playing a bit of carefree rugby as well which makes them a dangerous team to play against.”