The 2020 season has been one to forget for Hull FC so far.
The Black and Whites haven’t been able to shake off their inconsistencies and as a result they’ve struggled to build momentum in the Super League.
They sit eighth in the table and on current form the play-offs look out of reach with just eight games remaining to bolster their win percentage enough.
But, there’s still plenty to play for over the course of the next six weeks and here’s just a few reasons why.
It looks unlikely at this stage and it seems it would take an astounding effort to sneak in there at present, but it’s not impossible.
If momentum can swing Hull’s way and the Black and Whites can rack up three or four consecutive wins over the coming weeks, then the top four might just come back into view.
The teams at the top all have to play each other, meaning win percentages must take a dent.
Admittedly Hull have literally no room for error, but a win percentage of 65 per cent has been enough to reach fourth in the past and that is the absolute maximum Hull can achieve at present.
He may have seen the Ashes series cancelled but Shaun Wane is still hopeful of meeting up with his players before the year is out.
Whether the meeting is virtual or in-person remains to be seen but those Hull players in the international picture will want to be involved.
The likes of Scott Taylor, Josh Griffin, Jamie Shaul and Jake Connor will have an eye on the next England announcement and they should be doing everything in their power to secure a place in that meeting.
Youngsters kicking on
The form of Hull’s youngsters has been one of the key talking points to emerge from the games Andy Last has overseen and they’ll be hopeful of making an even bigger impression in the coming weeks.
Joe Cator and Jordan Lane have had starring roles, while Jack Brown and Jordan Johnstone have impressed at times, too.
As the season progresses and the games continue to come thick and fast, Last might be tempted to give more young players a go. Ben McNamara is one many are keen to see in action, while Connor Wynne and Cameron Scott will be keen for more game time, too.
Places to nail down
As mentioned, Lane and Cator have been outstanding performers since the return to action and they’ll be hopeful of nailing down those positions on a full-time basis.
Lane started the season behind Josh Jones in the pecking order, but his displays under Last will ensure the Great Britain international has a battle on his hands to get back into the side when he’s fully recovered from the effects of coronavirus.
The loose-forward spot hasn’t been filled by anyone consistently this season, so Cator will have high hopes of establishing himself there.
With Albert Kelly leaving at the end of the season, Jake Connor still hasn’t done enough to secure that half-back spot long-term either.
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One look at the fixture list should be enough to inspire some determination from the Black and Whites with clashes against Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR coming up.
Fans simply won’t accept underwhelming performances in those games, especially against Rovers next month, with bragging rights at stake.
Clashes with St Helens and Wigan Warriors are on the way too and how supporters would love to see a win over either side.