Hull FC vs Castleford Tigers Preview

The Lowdown

HULL FC

  • Hull managed to snap a three-match winless run by beating Leigh on their own turf on Easter Monday and they will be looking to build on that and continue improving defensively, which has been a major weakness in recent weeks.
  • Last season's Man of Steel Danny Houghton has been recalled to the squad after a troublesome calf injury has kept him out of action for almost a month, so his return is a major boost to the team.
  • Chris Green and Josh Griffin also return following knocks but the biggest news coming out of the club this week was the contract extension of star man Albert Kelly to give them a major boost.

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Jake Connor, Brad Fash, Mahe Fonua, Chris Green, Josh Griffin, Albert Kelly, Jez Litten, Sika Manu, Masi Matongo, Steve Michaels, Mark Minichiello, Jamie Shaul, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Carlos Tuimavave, Jansin Turgut, Danny Washbrook, Liam Watts

Unavailable: Dean Hadley (Hip), Gareth Ellis, Fetuli Talanoa, Josh Bowden, Jordan Thompson, Connor Bower, Jack Downs

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

  • Castleford lost only their second match of the season last week to St Helens but Tony Smith acknowledged it was their slow start that cost them as otherwise they competed well.
  • With fatigue affecting their dynamic play to a degree, they will be ready to go once again this week and they have no new injury concerns to worry about as they travel to East Yorkshire.
  • Joel Monaghan returns to the 19-man squad in place of Matt Cook as the veteran offers them another offensive weapon to count on as they look to get back on track immediately.

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Rangi Chase, Greg Eden, Luke Gale, Zak Hardaker, Oliver Holmes, Andy Lynch, Nathan Massey, Mike McMeeken, Paul McShane, Grant Millington, Adam Milner, Greg Minikin, Joel Monaghan, Junior Moors, Ben Roberts, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Michael Shenton, Gadwin Springer, Jake Webster

Unavailable: Larne Patrick (Wrist), Alex Foster (Pectoral), Luke Million, Will Maher, Matt Cook


Analysis - what to expect
Hull managed to get a much-needed win last week but the weaknesses they showed defensively in the previous two matches when they conceded over 50 points in each game will be a major concern as they welcome the Super League's top scorers. Team news is positive for Hull but they could have major problems stopping this rampant Castleford side in a high scoring affair.