Hull FC boss Brett Hodgson gives verdict on Denive Balmforth’s debut after big win over Toulouse Yorkshire News

Balmforth was drafted in the 17th by Hodgson and wasted no time introducing himself to the Hull faithful, scoring two minutes after coming off the bench.

The 18-year-old continued to impress as the Black and Whites completed a 48-12 victory over Toulouse Olympique.

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“He was good offensively,” Hodgson said.

“He had some good quality as a half-dead and was rewarded with a try which is always nice on your debut.

“He’s a good kid and we think he has a great future.”

The third win in a row put Hull in the top four before the Challenge Cup’s final break.

Despite the emphatic scoring, Hodgson admitted the motivation was a struggle at the end of a grueling period.

“I’m very happy,” Hodgson said. “It was a very professional performance.

“Today was about doing enough to get the win. It’s the last game of the Easter period and it was tough getting up for this one.”

“During that period, we set our goals and we wanted to do everything we could to make sure we had a good performance at home during those three games.

“The way we’ve responded to the Hull KR loss has been really nice.

“The guys are bouncing there and deservedly so. They’ve worked hard to get the results.”

The black and whites have the opportunity to take a breather after four games in just over two weeks.

Hodgson appreciates that tougher challenges lie ahead, starting with a trip to defending champions St Helens on May 13.

“I think we’re going in the right direction,” he said.

“It will be good to give them some time off now and freshen up to prepare for a couple of big games at St Helens and Wigan after that break.”

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