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The Lowdown

HULL FC

  • Hull's winning run came to an end in abrupt fashion as they were comprehensively beaten 45-0 by St. Helens at Magic Weekend, with the black and whites struggling on both sides of the ball.
  • Lee Radford must again do without captain Gareth Ellis and Mahe Fonua but Marc Sneyd and Scott Taylor also miss out through knocks picked up against Saints. Youngster Nick Rawsthorne is called up to the 19-man squad for the first time and could make his debut.
  • Having been on the receiving end of a big score, Hull will be hoping to respond in the same way that Saints responded against them following their own tough result in the previous week.

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Jamie Shaul, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Fetuli Talanoa, Albert Kelly, Danny Houghton, Liam Watts, Mark Minichiello, Jake Connor, Chris Green, Jordan Thompson, Danny Washbrook, Steve Michaels, Sika Manu, Josh Bowden, Nick Rawsthorne, Jansin Turgut, Jack Downs, Brad Fash

Unavailable: Gareth Ellis (Sternum), Dean Hadley (Jaw), Marc Sneyd (Toe), Scott Taylor (Elbow), Mahe Fonua (Injury)

LEIGH CENTURIONS

  • Leigh's losing run continued as they fell to a defeat against Salford Red Devils at Magic Weekend. That game was the fifth out of the last seven Super League games that the Centurions were behind at both half-time and full-time.
  • Neil Jukes must do without Adam Higson who misses the next five games through suspension after his high tackle against Salford. However, prop Jamie Acton is back in the squad having served his one-game ban.
  • Leigh have now lost their last eight Super League matches and have to find a way to snap this poor form or they will be consigned to the Middle 8s come round 23.

Head Coach: Neil Jukes

Squad: Jamie Acton, Mitch Brown, Lachlan Burr, Ben Crooks, Matty Dawson, Josh Drinkwater, Matty Fleming, Ryan Hampshire, Harrison Hansen, Liam Hood, Sam Hopkins, Gregg McNally, Cory Paterson, Eloi Pelissier, Ben Reynolds, Glenn Stewart, Danny Tickle, Atelea Vea, Dayne Weston

Unavailable: Adam Higson (Suspended), James Clare (Knee), Dave Thompson, Micky Higham, Willie Tonga, Antoni Maria, Curtis Naughton, James Green, Gareth Hock


Analysis - what to expect
Hull's desire to bounce back from a very poor performance against St. Helens might be hindered with the black and whites missing four important players. A change in the halves has been enforced with Sneyd's absence and it remains to be seen who will be his replacement in matchday 17. Leigh's losing run is cause for concern and they will need to improve further after a spirited performance against Salford. Hull should still have too much having been in good form before the Saints game although Leigh could push them closer than they would like.