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14 Sep 2017 by TSZ

Hull FC vs Wakefield Trinity Preview

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The Lowdown

HULL FC

  • Hull were defeated last weekend with them narrowly losing out to Wigan having played for 58 minutes with 12-men following Liam Watts' controversial red card.
  • The black and whites were in front heading into the final five minutes but couldn't hold on against their top four rivals. They remain in fourth place but need to win their final two fixtures to ensure a semi-final berth.
  • Lee Radford is able to recall captain Gareth Ellis for his final home game before he retires. Steve Michaels also returns along with Carlos Tuimavave. Youngsters Jansin Turgut, Brad Fash and Masi Matongo make way.

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Josh Bowden, Jake Connor, Gareth Ellis, 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, Danny Washbrook, Liam Watts

Unavailable: Chris Green (Appendix)

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

  • Wakefield's top four hopes were dealt a major blow when they conceded a late try against St Helens last week. Following Jonny Lomax's try, Mark Percival's 77th minute conversion was the first time in the game that Trinity had been behind.
  • Chris Chester makes just one change to his 19-man squad from the Saints game with Dean Hadley unable to face his parent club which coincides with a one-match ban picked up following his sin-binning last week. Hooker Kyle Wood returns in his place.
  • Wakefield have now lost four of their last six Super League games but their semi-final fate remains in their own hands as they face the sides currently occupying third and fourth in their final two games.

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Chris Annakin, Tinirau Arona, Joe Arundel, Matty Ashurst, Mason Caton-Brown, Anthony England, David Fifita, Liam Finn, Scott Grix, James Hasson, Keegan Hirst, Craig Huby, Ben Jones-Bishop, Danny Kirmond, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Tyler Randell, Bill Tupou, Kyle Wood

Unavailable: Dean Hadley (Suspended), Adam Walker (Suspended), Tom Johnstone (Knee), Mitch Allgood (Injured), Max Jowitt, Sam Williams

  • Hull keep their opponents guessing with how they attack with just ten tries separating their lowest scoring zone (centre - 16) and their highest scoring zone (RW - 26).
  • Wakefield's LW is potent with them scoring 35% of their tries in that zone with only Wigan scoring a higher percentage of their tries in that zone (37.1%). Bill Tupou has recently switched to the left-wing spot and scored a brace of tries in last week's game against St Helens.
  • Wakefield will be hoping to increase that number further in this fixture with Hull conceding their highest number of tries in the the RW zone (34), which accounts for 31.5% of their total number conceded.
  • Wakefield have also conceded 34 tries in their RW zone which accounts for 31.2% of their total tries conceded. Could we see both teams looking to exploit these weaknesses and attack the LW zone in this game?

Analysis - what to expect
A huge game kicks off the penultimate round of the Super League season with fourth-placed Hull FC facing a Wakefield side one place and one point behind them. The loser of this game is likely to miss out on a top four spot but the winner will give themselves a real chance of claiming a semi-final spot. Hull will be raring to go having felt that they were cost the game by a poor refereeing decision last week whereas Wakefield will need a reaction after their late heartbreak against St Helens. Hull have won the last six Super League encounters between the two teams and in a do-or-die game at home, they can take a huge step to qualifying for the semi-finals.

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