Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC – Black and white mainstay Chris Satae awaits an answer after the Dragons defeat Yorkshire News

Seeking perfection: helmet striker Chris Satae. Image Tony Johnson

The Tongan mainstay is looking forward to meeting the Leeds Rhinos tomorrow night as they look to bounce back from Monday’s 27-10 home loss to the Catalans Dragons.

That was only Hull’s second loss this year and by far his biggest.

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Venturing to Emerald Headingley won’t be an easy task against opponents looking to kick-start their own campaign, either.

“Here, we strive for perfection,” Satae said.

“But the reality is that nothing is perfect: win or lose, there is always room for improvement.

“Sometimes we are down on Mondays after a loss, but then we can’t wait to recover.

“And confidence is still high. We did not play as well as we could have done and the Catalans are a very good team. They punished us.

One Time Change: Coach Brett Hodgson recalls Ben McNamara for Miteli Vulikijapani on Hull’s team to face Leeds. Image by Allan McKenzie /

“It is very important that we respond.

“I haven’t really seen much of Leeds. I know they are a good team and that they also have some players. It will be a good game ”.

Satae’s excellent form has been one of the reasons behind Hull’s impressive start.

They are just 80 minutes from Wembley after their two-shot man of the match performance in the quarter-final victory over the previously undefeated Wigan Warriors.

With his front row teammates Scott Taylor and Josh Bowden still injured, the former New Zealand Warriors forward will once again lead from the front at Headingley.

It’s been almost two years since he left the NRL club to move to East Yorkshire and Satae says he doesn’t want to go back.

“Definitely not,” he replied.

“I don’t want to go back to the NRL; I always said that I would come here long term and when I finish here I will go home.

“The Super League is very entertaining and is very different from home.

“But I am really enjoying my time here; it’s a different ball game. “

Hull has made just one change from his 21-man squad with Ben McNamara replacing Miteli Vulikijapani.

Fijian winger Vulikijapani is yet to appear, but he should gain some playing time after joining the Bradford Bulls on loan this week.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-21 22:15:55