Unavailable: Danny Addy, George Lawler, Lee Jewitt, Andrew Heffernan, Shaun Lunt, Thomas Minns, Nick Scruton, Justin Carney, Will Oakes, Danny McGuire, Rob Mulhern
Hull KR were knocked out of the Challenge Cup by Wigan last week to compound a bad couple of weeks for Rovers. That defeat came on the back of a 54-18 hammering at the hands of Wakefield in their last Super League outing.
Rovers were dealt a big blow in the build-up to this game with the news that influential halfback Danny McGuire will miss two months with a blood clot. He joins Rob Mulhern on a large injury list with the prop sustaining a knee injury last week.
Hull KR have won just one of their last seven Super League matches with their last win that wasn’t on home soil coming on the 15th March when they defeated Huddersfield.
Unavailable: Brad Fash, Jordan Abdull, Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd, Josh Bowden, Carlos Tuimavave, Fetuli Talanoa, Bureta Faraimo
Hull FC began the defence of their Challenge Cup crown with a win in an ill-tempered game with Featherstone last week. That win came on the back of an impressive performance in the league against Castleford with FC claiming a 36-12 win.
Marc Sneyd, Josh Bowden, Carlos Tuimavave and Fetuli Talanoa have all joined the injury list whilst Bureta Faraimo will miss the next two games after receiving his second red card of the season last week. Lee Radford could hand a debut to young centre Cameron Scott as well as new signing Liam Harris who could line up against his former club after arriving from Doncaster this week. Hull have also registered the retired Kirk Yeaman to help their injury problems.
Hull have won the last six derbies against Rovers, a run that goes all the way back to 2015. Their last win came on Good Friday when FC won despite being reduced to 12-men early on with the Black and Whites claiming a 22-30 win that day.
The final game of the Magic Weekend sees the Hull derby take place but the two teams that take the field will be severely under-strength and resemble more of a reserve grade game. Both teams have crippling injury lists with Hull needing to bring in reinforcements this week including the all-time Hull derby try-scorer Kirk Yeaman who has been registered as a player again having retired in 2016. Despite whatever line-ups take the field, it’s likely to be a fiercely contested game with both teams desperate for the points for different reasons. Neither side has travelled well this season but Hull’s recent record in derbies gives them the edge.