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22 Jun 2017 by TSZ

Hull FC vs Wakefield Trinity Preview

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The Lowdown

HULL FC

  • Hull progressed to the semi-final stage of the Challenge Cup with a superb display against Castleford last week, with that win their third on the bounce in all competitions.
  • Lee Radford's squad is a lot healthier than it's been for most of the season and he has been boosted by the return of Marc Sneyd who has recovered sooner than expected from a foot issue.
  • Hull have won five of their last six home games in all competitions and will be looking to extend that run to put some distance between themselves and their 5th placed opponents.

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Josh Bowden, Jake Connor, Brad Fash, Mahe Fonua, Josh Griffin, Danny Houghton, 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: Gareth Ellis (Sternum), Chris Green (Sternum)

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

  • Wakefield crashed out of the Challenge Cup last week after a hugely disappointing performance at Salford saw them lose their second successive match.
  • Chris Chester has changed his squad up with Mitch Allgood, Danny Kirmond and Jordan Crowther dropping out of their squad as well as on-loan Dean Hadley who won't face his parent club.
  • Wakefield have won six of their last seven matches in Super League but defeat in their last game to Leeds saw them drop out of the top 4. A win here would see them return to the top 4 at Hull's expense.

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Chris Annakin, Tinirau Arona, Joe Arundel, Matty Ashurst, James Batchelor, Mason Caton-Brown, Anthony England, Liam Finn, Scott Grix, Keegan Hirst, Craig Huby, Ben Jones-Bishop, Max Jowitt, Reece Lyne, Mikey Sio, Bill Tupou, Adam Walker, Sam Williams, Kyle Wood

Unavailable: Tom Johnstone (Knee), Jacob Miller (Leg), David Fifita (Knee), Danny Kirmond, Mitch Allgood, Dean Hadley, Jordan Crowther

Analysis - what to expect
These sides had hugely contrasting fortunes in their respective Challenge Cup ties last weekend but now the focus returns to trying to cement a place in the top 4 of Super League. Hull were very impressive in toppling Super League leaders Castleford to progress to the semi-final of the Challenge Cup but Wakefield on the other hand were poor in defeat at Salford. Both sides are in good form in Super League but Hull have the upper hand in recent meetings between the two, having won the last five league encounters, and they can extend that to six here.

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