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The Lowdown

HULL FC

  • Hull are riding a four-match winning streak and coach Lee Radford has named a strong squad for this match knowing they have to maintain their form in the race for the top four spots.
  • Despite having the Challenge Cup final in the back of their minds next weekend, Radford has called up Shaul who has recovered from a hamstring strain and Fonua following the birth of his child and both are set to feature against the Giants.
  • Albert Kelly had his arm in a sling following the win over St Helens last week and although he is named in the squad, it seems highly unlikely he will play in this game which will see Gareth Ellis make his 450th appearance in the week he announced he would retire at the end of the season.

Head Coach: Lee Radford

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

Unavailable: Steve Michaels, Brad Fash, Masi Matongo, Jack Downs

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

  • The loss to Wigan last week dampened any hopes they had of a top four finish last week and they are not helped by a growing injury list which sees them without eight regular first team players, so their squad is stretched right now.
  • The Giants travel to Hull without skipper Leroy Cudjoe who picked up an ankle injury that forced him to miss the defeat to Wigan last week and is expected to be out for a couple of weeks, so Gene Ormsby has been called up to the 19-man squad.
  • With just five games remaining to the end of the Super 8s and the Giants sitting five points behind Wakefield in fourth spot, they know they have no margin for error and have to win this game if they are to make a run to reach the play-offs.

Head Coach: Rick Stone

Squad: Danny Brough, Paul Clough, Tyler Dickinson, Lee Gaskell, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Michael Lawrence, Kruise Leeming, Nathan Mason, Jermaine McGillvary, Darnell McIntosh, Alex Mellor, Adam O'Brien, Gene Ormsby, Jordan Rankin, Daniel Smith, Ukuma Ta'ai, Jordan Turner, Shannon Wakeman

Unavailable: Leroy Cudjoe (Ankle), Tom Symonds (Knee), Jake Mamo (Foot), Aaron Murphy (Toe), Sam Rapira (Ribs), Dale Ferguson (Shoulder), Oliver Roberts (Hamstring), Martyn Ridyard (Shoulder)

Analysis - what to expect
Although Hull may have the distraction of the Challenge Cup final next weekend, they know they cannot slip up right now in the race for the top four with teams like St Helens close behind. Huddersfield have an outside chance themselves of reaching the top four but they are missing some key players including captain Leroy Cudjoe so barring complacency and Hull not focusing on this game, everything points towards a home victory.