Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos Preview

The Lowdown

HULL FC

  • Hull were stunned by a rampant Salford side last week, conceding 54 points in an extremely disappointing performance but they will be motivated to face Leeds, as will their fans.
  • They were missing some key players in that defeat to Salford but Gareth Ellis should be passed fit, while star man Albert Kelly is back from Australia and compassionate leave to come straight back into the side.
  • Lee Radford's team is also boosted by the return of Carlos Tuimavave, who has missed the last three matches with an ankle injury so this represents a much improved and stronger Hull side than last week.

Head Coach: Lee Radford

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

Unavailable: Danny Houghton (Calf), Dean Hadley (Hip), Jack Downs, Chris Green, Jez Litten, Masi Matongo

LEEDS RHINOS

  • The Rhinos' great run of form came to an end last week as they became the first team to lose to Warrington, so they will be looking to bounce back as they return to Yorkshire to face Hull FC.
  • Mixed team news for McDermott to contend with as Carl Ablett and Jimmy Keinhorst are both out with knee and hand injuries respectively but they are recouping some players at the same time.
  • Keith Galloway has recovered from the achilles injury he picked up at the end of last season to make his first appearance of the season and Stevie Ward also returns, but they must give a late fitness test to Ashton Golding.

Head Coach: Brian McDermott

Squad: Jordan Baldwinson, Tom Briscoe, Rob Burrow, Adam Cuthbertson, Brett Delaney, Keith Galloway, Mitch Garbutt, Ashton Golding, Ryan Hall, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Jordan Lilley, Danny McGuire, Joel Moon, Anthony Mullally, Mikolaj Oledzki, Matt Parcell, Liam Sutcliffe, Stevie Ward, Kallum Watkins

Unavailable: Carl Ablett (Knee), Jimmy Keinhorst (Hand), Brett Ferres (Suspended), Brad Singleton (Suspended), Jack Ormondroyd (Knee), Josh Walters, Ash Handley


Analysis - what to expect
An exciting Yorkshire derby lies in store with both of these sides desperate to bounce back after defeats last weekend. Hull especially are boosted by the return of a trio of regulars with Albert Kelly being the key man to come back and that will give them confidence. Leeds have mixed team news but Keith Galloway is back in the squad to bolster their options. Aside from last week, both teams have been in decent form of late, but Hull just have the edge with home advantage.