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Peter Gentle not blaming Gareth Ellis absence for defeat

Hull coach Peter Gentle refuses to blame the absence of captain Gareth Ellis for Friday's Super League defeat at champions Leeds Rhinos.

Hull coach Peter Gentle has refused to blame the absence of captain Gareth Ellis for his side's Super League defeat at Leeds Rhinos on Friday.

Ellis picked up an ankle injury during the warm-up at Headingley before the visitors lost the opening match of the season 36-6 against the champions.

"It started bad and got worse," Gentle told Sky Sports News. "It's tough losing your leader like that but we're not going to use that as an excuse.

"We started playing like individuals when Leeds went up a gear. It's a massive reality check for us, it shows how far we're off the top teams in this competition."

Hull return to Super League action next Friday when they welcome Bradford Bulls to the KC Stadium.

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