2018 Super League – Hull FC vs Hull KR Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 27th July, 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/ticket.aspx?fixture=2a9d1781-d4b7-e711-93f7-00155d299919

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

HULL FC

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Abdull, Downs, Faraimo, Fash, Griffin, Harris, Houghton, Lane, Litten, Manu, Matongo, Minichiello, Paea, Shaul, Sneyd, Talanoa, Taylor, Tuimavave, Washbrook

Unavailable: Josh Bowden, Joe Westerman, Chris Green, Albert Kelly, Jake Connor, Dean Hadley

  • Hull FC were humiliated last week as they were on the end of a hammering by Wakefield. Trinity ran in 12 tries with two late consolation scores preventing FC from a huge nilling as they went down 72-10.

  • Hull made some late changes to their squad last week but it looked as though they had several players who weren’t quite right who took to the field. They included Jamie Shaul and Marc Sneyd who are again named in the 19 this week. Josh Griffin makes a welcome return after a long spell out whilst Sika Manu has served his ban and also returns.

  • The derby record of the Black and Whites now stretches to seven wins after FC won at Magic Weekend in May. Hull have also only lost twice at home all season with only the top two teams in the league table to have defeated them at the KCOM Stadium.

HULL KR

Head Coach: Tim Sheens

Squad: Atkin, Blair, Cator, Clarkson, Dagger, Donaldson, Jewitt, Kavanagh, Lee, Mulhern, Oakes, Quinlan, Salter, Scruton, Tickle, Wallis, Walne, Wardill

Unavailable: Danny Addy, George Lawler, Andrew Heffernan, Thomas Minns, Ryan Shaw, Justin Carney, Shaun Lunt, James Greenwood, Danny McGuire, Mose Masoe, Joel Tomkins, Junior Vaivai

  • Hull KR had their fate confirmed last week as they failed to beat Warrington, a result which condemned the Robins to the Middle 8s. In a closely fought game, Rovers went toe-to-toe with the Wolves but two late tries sealed it for Warrington as they went down 20-34.

  • Rovers have named just 18 players this week with Todd Carney coming in to the squad as the 19th man when he receives his international clearance. Mose Masoe, Danny McGuire and James Greenwood are all banned whilst Rovers have chosen not to risk those with knocks ahead of their battle to retain their Super League status.

  • Rovers have only won two Super League games away from home all season with their ninth-place finish crucial as it earns them an extra home game in the Middle 8s.

THE PREDICTION

Neither team enter this Hull derby with much to play for other than local pride. Hull FC’s hammering last week all but ended their hopes of making the top 4 with the Black and Whites needing a huge turnaround to even get close. Hull KR on the other hand will have to try and retain their Super League status. The Black and Whites will need a big reaction to last week’s embarrassing loss whilst Rovers have a raft of players missing through suspension and injury but plenty are likely to be back for their Middle 8s campaign. Hull should win this due to their home record as well as their recent records in derbies but Hull KR could turn up and compound last week’s defeat if they’re not on their game.