Hull FC coach Peter Gentle hails forward after Challenge Cup success
Last Updated: 13/07/13 8:42pm
Peter Gentle can now look forward to a semi-final tie in the Challenge Cup
Hull FC coach Peter Gentle paid tribute to his forwards after the club booked their spot in the semi-finals of the Tetley's Challenge Cup with a 24-13 victory over Catalan Dragons.
In humid conditions in the south of France, Shannon McDonnell touched down twice while Tom Lineham and Tom Briscoe also went over.
Gentle said: "I'm pretty pleased to be sat here the winner to be honest with you.
"Those were really trying conditions out there, they really were horrendous and the game was played at a snail's pace at times.
"Gareth Ellis, Joe Westerman and Danny Houghton all played their hearts out for us.
"For Houghton to put in an 80-minute performance like that in those conditions is a pretty special effort.
"Our try line defence was superb and held up pretty well to almost everything they threw at us, although it was a slow game and that was partly down to the new balls."
Eloi Pelissier and Morgan Escare were the home side's try scorers and their coach Laurent Frayssinous added: "We are very, very disappointed with the game but credit to Hull FC.
"It was a scrappy game but their defence was top quality.
"We are disappointed to have lost the game but more disappointed that we haven't learnt from the recent months and weeks about the small details that win you the big games like today.
"When you make so many errors, when your shape is not right and when you take short cuts to try and win games it doesn't work and you get into situations like you saw us in today.
"The players are extremely disappointed in themselves. I cannot blame individuals - it is about learning lessons."