Fonua backs Hull to bounce back
Following back-to-back Super League defeats, sandwiched around a Challenge Cup Final victory at Wembley, Hull FC winger Mahe Fonua is eager for the team to revive its push for Old Trafford.
The Airlie Birds defended the Challenge Cup with victory over Wigan Warriors last weekend, but they have been beaten by Huddersfield Giants and Leeds Rhinos in the Super 8s in recent weeks.
The spirit in the camp is still high despite losing to Leeds on Thursday and I think that's down to the energy and determination we showed in that game.Mahe Fonua
Hull still retain a grip on a place in the top four ahead of Friday's home match against Wigan, but Fonua admits that the team needs to be better to make an impact on the road to the Grand Final.
"After losing our last two games, we've made it a little bit harder for ourselves to make the four and it doesn't help that Wigan are after redemption on us, but we're still third and a victory will solidify our place in the top four - that's how close it is," said Fonua.
"The spirit in the camp is still high despite losing to Leeds on Thursday and I think that's down to the energy and determination we showed in that game. If we can replicate that for our remaining three games in the Super 8s, I think we'll do well."
Fonua will depart Hull FC at the end of the season to return to the NRL, and says he is eager to go out on a high.
"I will make sure I cherish my last few games for Hull FC because I know there are not many left for me here," he said.
"From here on in, I'm going to be giving my best and aiming to get to Old Trafford."
Hull, who are 7/2 to win the Grand Final, are 1/1 to defeat Wigan on Friday while the Warriors are priced at 4/5.
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