Hull FC marker set for Joe Cator with side aiming to build on new defensive foundation

Cator was part of a spirited Hull FC display at St Helens, but the goal now is to kick on.

Joe Cator is hoping Hull FC can use their performance at St Helens as a marker going forward. The Black and Whites didn’t get the two points last Friday night but they won plenty of plaudits with what was a spirited display.

Restoring some pride after what happened against Salford, they could have quite easily won the contest but it wasn’t to be. However, Hull can take plenty from their defensive resolve, which was a season-best in terms of contacts and ruck control.

Cator shares those sentiments. The loose-forward came back into the team at Saints and added to the side off the bench with time still on Hull’s side as they look to get their season going.

“It’s something to build off – we’ve set a bar there now and we can’t go below that,” Cator told Hull Live. “We got our line speed right and we started to hit them together, especially as a set of middles.

“The Salford game hurt us so we took some pride and showed what we are made of and how we can play. We know what we’re about when we all perform.

“That was the biggest thing for me, getting our identity back and performing like we know we can. We got our ruck control right and made sure that everything started with our D.”

There was a lot of soul-searching after the Salford defeat and the squad didn’t shy away from what was a tough review at training. For Cator, it’s put more focus on making sure it doesn’t happen again with the goals clear on what they want to produce this year.