Hull FC vs Warrington Wolves Preview

The Lowdown


  • After two poor defeats when they conceded over 50 points to both Salford and Leeds, they have bounced back with wins over Leigh and then league leaders Castleford last week so confidence is returning.
  • Liam Watts is serving a suspension for his high tackle in the Cas game but after initially being handed a two-game ban, his appeal saw that reduced to just the one game.
  • Key man Danny Houghton was called up last week after a calf problem but did not play and he has not been called up for this game as he continues to have issues with the injury.

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Jake Connor, Jack Downs, Gareth Ellis, 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

Unavailable: Liam Watts (Suspended), Dean Hadley (Hip), Danny Houghton (Calf), Fetuli Talanoa, Josh Bowden, Jordan Thompson, Connor Bower


  • Warrington have now won their last four matches in a row in the Super League but they had to come from 20-6 down at home to Wakefield before eventually winning 22-20.
  • Mike Cooper and Matty Russell are back from injuries while Daryl Clarke is available after suspension so the squad is strengthened coming into this difficult trip to East Yorkshire.
  • George King and Sam Wilde drop out of the squad as they aim to continue their move up the table where they currently sit ninth, and they could be as high as mid-table with a win here.

Head Coach: Tony Smith

Squad: Ryan Atkins, Kevin Brown, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Brad Dwyer, Rhys Evans, Kurt Gidley, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Benjamin Jullien, Tom Lineham, Harvey Livett, Declan Patton, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Matty Russell, Andre Savelio, Ashton Sims, Joe Westerman

Unavailable: Toby King (Hamstring), Ben Westwood (Suspended), Ben Currie (Knee), Dom Crosby (Personal reasons), Matty Blythe, Jack Johnson, George King, Sam Wilde

Analysis - what to expect
Hull welcome a Warrington side that has won their last four matches in a row and they have to do so without key men Danny Houghton and Liam Watts. The Wolves are flying in terms of confidence but they had to show all of their grit and guile to come back from a 20-6 deficit to Wakefield last week. That will not be as easy against a Hull side who are formidable at home, and the hosts will fancy their chances even without Houghton and Watts of just edging the win.