St Helens vs Hull FC Preview

11th Aug 2017 by TSZ

The Lowdown

ST HELENS

  • St. Helens won their fourth game in a row as they toppled league leaders Castleford last week with a superb defensive display the key to their win.       
  • Justin Holbrook has made just one change to his squad with Jake Spedding earning a recall at the expense of Tommy Lee as Saints are able to boast almost a clean bill of health once again.  
  • Saints have won their last seven league fixtures on home soil which has been the main source of points in their recent revival that has seen them climb into the top four.   

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Kyle Amor, Theo Fages, Regan Grace, Morgan Knowles, Matty Lees, Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Ryan Morgan, Mark Percival, Dominique Peyroux, Danny Richardson, James Roby, Matty Smith, Jake Spedding, Zeb Taia, Luke Thompson, Alex Walmsley, Jon Wilkin 

Unavailable: Ben Barba (Suspended), Luke Douglas (Knee), Adam Swift, Tommy Lee

HULL FC

  • Hull produced a solid second half display to beat Salford last weekend, ensuring they leapfrogged their opponents into third-place in the Super League table.    
  • Lee Radford's hand is strengthened as he is able to recall Marc Sneyd and Josh Bowden after they missed out with minor knocks last week. Youngsters Masi Matongo and Jansin Turgut are the ones to make way.    
  • Hull's away form hasn't been the best recently and they have lost four of their last five league games on the road. They now face the side that have conceded the fewest tries per game at home this season with Saints allowing just 2.5 tries per game.       

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Josh Bowden, Jake Connor, Gareth Ellis, Brad Fash, Mahe Fonua, Chris Green, Josh Griffin, Danny Houghton, Albert Kelly, Sika Manu, Steve Michaels, Jamie Shaul, Marc Sneyd, Fetuli Talanoa, Scott Taylor, Jordan Thompson, Carlos Tuimavave, Danny Washbrook, Liam Watts

Unavailable: Mark Minichiello (Ankle), Masi Matongo, Jansin Turgut, Jack Downs

Analysis - what to expect
Although all four games in the Super 8s have their own reason for being an intriguing fixture this weekend, this is the one that perhaps catches the eye the most with both of these sides showing their Grand Final credentials in recent weeks. Saints produced a brilliant display to stifle league leaders Castleford whilst Hull's demolition of Leeds in the Challenge Cup a couple of weeks' ago was also very impressive. These sides are well matched with Hull beginning matches well, scoring the first try in seven of their last eight league games whilst Saints finish well, scoring the last try in nine of their last 11 league games. This should be a great contest but Saints' home form might just give them the edge. 

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