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18 Apr 2018 by TSZ

2018 Super League – Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 19th April, 19:45

Where? The KCOM Stadium

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? https://ticketing.hullfc.com/t...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

HULL FC

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Bowden, Connor, Faraimo, Green, Griffin, Hadley, Houghton, Kelly, Lane, Litten, Manu, Matongo, Minichiello, Paea, Shaul, Sneyd, Talanoa, Taylor, Tuimavave

Unavailable: Brad Fash, Jordan Abdull, Danny Washbrook

  • Hull won their first game outside of the city boundary this season as they defeated Widnes last week. Despite going behind early in the second half, Hull proved too good later in the game as they came out 20-39 winners.
  • Lee Radford is boosted by the return of his first-choice back-row with Dean Hadley, Mark Minichiello and Sika Manu all named after recovering from injury. Jack Logan, Danny Washbrook and Jack Downs make way.
  • Hull return to the KCOM Stadium to host the Rhinos, a ground that they have yet to taste defeat on this season. The Black and Whites have won all four home games and will be looking to keep that run going here as they continue their pursuit of the top four.

LEEDS RHINOS

Head Coach: Brian McDermott

Squad: Ablett, Briscoe, Cuthberton, Delaney, Ferres, Golding, Hall, Handley, Jones-Buchanan, Moon, Mullally, Myler, Oledzki, Parcell, Singleton, Smith, Walters, Ward, Watkins

Unavailable: Nathaniel Peteru, Mitch Garbutt, Brad Dwyer, Jack Walker, Liam Sutcliffe

  • Leeds put in an under-par performance as they allowed Wigan to snatch the win in last week’s encounter. In a low-scoring affair, Leeds were 8-0 up with just eight minutes left but Wigan hit back with a converted try and penalty to level things up before a Sam Tomkins drop-goal three minutes from time won it for the Warriors.
  • Brian McDermott makes just the single change to his 19-man squad with Brad Dwyer missing out after discovering the extent of an elbow injury suffered over Easter. Brett Ferres is named in his place.
  • Leeds have claimed points in four of their five away games this season. They have won three and drawn one with them only failing to pick up any points away from home at Widnes back in February.

THE PREDICTION

Sixth-placed Hull host fifth-placed Leeds in an important encounter at the KCOM Stadium. With both having top four aspirations, losing ground as we approach the halfway point of the season could be costly with several teams above them putting good runs of form together. Hull were comfortable winners in the end against Widnes but were given a scare when going behind early in the second half whilst Leeds should have held on to beat Wigan. That loss will no doubt provoke a reaction from the Rhinos and that will come against a side they have beaten in four of their last five encounters. Hull will have a score of their own to settle with the Rhinos and will be pleased they can attempt that on home soil. The Black and Whites have a 100% home record this season and they can edge a close one here.

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