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31 Mar 2017 by TSZ

Warrington Wolves vs Hull FC Preview

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The Lowdown

WARRINGTON WOLVES

  • Warrington's miserable start to the season continued last week as they were outplayed by St Helens and the pressure is mounting every week after another defeat.
  • Ryan Atkins has recovered from a hamstring problem, while George King returns after a bout of mumps so Tony Smith is boosted with two more options to select from.
  • They are still without the suspended Tom Lineham who serves the second of his two-match ban while Ben Currie remains out but Smith has more options at his disposal.

Head Coach: Tony Smith

Squad: Ryan Atkins, Kevin Brown, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Brad Dwyer, Rhys Evans, Kurt Gidley, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Jack Johnson, George King, Toby King, Harvey Livett, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Matty Russell, Ashton Sims, Joe Westerman, Ben Westwood

Unavailable: Tom Lineham (Suspended), Ben Currie (Knee), Declan Patton, Matty Blythe, Dom Crosby, Andre Savelio

HULL FC

  • Hull FC are one of the form teams in the league right now as they ride a four-match winning streak and they come off a narrow win over Wigan last week to move into second place.
  • The big news this week is that the inspirational Danny Houghton is absent with a calf problem and he misses out which represents a major blow to the team.
  • They can however call upon both Jansin Turgut and Liam Watts who have both served their suspensions and are named in the 19-man squad along with Jez Litten who also comes in.

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Josh Bowden, Jake Connor, Gareth Ellis, Brad Fash, Mahe Fonua, Chris Green, Josh Griffin, Albert Kelly, Jez Litten, Masi Matongo, Sika Manu, Steve Michaels, Mark Minichiello, Jamie Shaul, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Jordan Thompson, Jansin Turgut, Danny Washbrook, Liam Watts

Unavailable: Danny Houghton (Calf), Carlos Tuimavave (Ankle), Dean Hadley (Hip), Fetuli Talanoa (Concussion), Jack Downs


Analysis - what to expect
Warrington are in complete disarray right now and even though some of their absentees are returning, their confidence and belief is zapped. They are finding themselves behind early in matches and are then forced to chase matches which is not helping, and they will suffer a seventh consecutive defeat if they allow this in-form Hull side to get an early lead. The omens are bleak for the Wolves.

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