17th Apr 2017 by TSZ
Leigh Centurions vs Hull FC Preview
- Leigh come off another loss as they were narrowly beaten by Salford on Good Friday, but they competed well for long spells of that match despite yet another defeat.
- Neil Jukes' men have now lost their last four matches and they are under pressure to halt this alarming run in front of their fans as they welcome Hull to town.
- Gareth Hock is still absent despite serving his ban as he has a dead leg while Jukes makes some changes to his squad in an attempt to freshen the side up and add some energy.
Head Coach: Neil Jukes
Squad: Jamie Acton, Lachlan Burr, Ben Crooks, Matty Dawson, Josh Drinkwater, James Green, Ryan Hampshire, Harrison Hansen, Micky Higham, Liam Hood, Sam Hopkins, Gregg McNally, Ben Reynolds, Martyn Ridyard, Glenn Stewart, Dave Thompson, Danny Tickle, Atelea Vea, Dayne Weston
Unavailable: Gareth Hock (Leg), James Clare (Knee), Eloi Pelissier, Adam Higson, Mitch Brown, Tom Armstrong, Cory Paterson, Willie Tonga, Curtis Naughton, Antoni Maria
- Hull lost again on Good Friday to make it two consecutive defeats now but the most alarming statistic is the fact they have conceded over 50 points in each of those matches.
- Gareth Ellis, Fetuli Talanoa, Josh Griffin and Josh Bowden are all ruled out through injury and will not feature here but centre Carlos Tuimavave should be available to play after an ankle problem.
- Masi Matongo, Jack Downs, Connor Bower and Jez Litten all come into the 19-man squad in what is a somewhat under-strength Hull side once again.
Head Coach: Lee Radford
Squad: Connor Bower, Jake Connor, Jack Downs, Brad Fash, Mahe Fonua, Albert Kelly, Jez Litten, Sika Manu, Masi Matongo, Steve Michaels, Mark Minichiello, Jamie Shaul, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Jordan Thompson, Carlos Tuimavave, Jansin Turgut, Danny Washbrook, Liam Watts
Unavailable: Danny Houghton (Calf), Dean Hadley (Hip), Gareth Ellis, Fetuli Talanoa, Josh Griffin, Chris Green, Josh Bowden
Analysis - what to expect
These two sides are both struggling for form, but the absentees and the manner of Hull's last two defeats will be more of a concern for them. Leigh have lost their last four matches but they competed well against Salford and will raise their game at home where they will be well-supported on Easter Monday. Hull's defensive play has been woeful of late and if they do not improve that area of their game, the playmaking of the likes of Albert Kelly will be worthless. A tough match to call but the marginal preference goes to the hosts.