Super League Match Preview: Hull FC V Hull KR

Date: 02/04/15

Venue: KC Stadium

Kick Off: 20:00

19 man squads:

Hull FC: 22 Josh Bowden, 23 James Cunningham, 17 Dean Hadley, 9 Danny Houghton, 33 Stuart Howarth, 2 Tom Lineham, 24 Jack Logan, 19 Steve Michaels, 12 Mark Minichiello, 8 Mickey Paea, 14 Iafeta Paleaaesina, 6 Leon Pryce, 32 Jordan Rankin, 1 Jamie Shaul, 5 Fetuli Talanoa, 16 Jordan Thompson, 10 Liam Watts, 13 Joe Westerman, 4 Kirk Yeaman

Hull KR:  14 Mitch Allgood, 6 Maurice Blair, 17 Greg Burke, 23 Terry Campese, 2 Ben Cockayne, 1 Kieran Dixon, 15 James Donaldson, 3 Darrell Goulding, 12 Graeme Horne, 7 Albert Kelly, 11 Kevin Larroyer, 31 Shaun Lunt, 4 Josh Mantellato, 13 Tyrone McCarthy, 21 Aaron Ollett, 18 Liam Salter, 5 Ken Sio, 8 Adam Walker, 19 Kris Welham

Last ten meetings (excluding trial games):

Hull FC 28-0 Hull KR (SLR 25, 29/08/14)

Hull KR 38-24 Hull FC (SLR 13, 17/05/14)

Hull KR 21-20 Hull FC (SLR 9, 17/04/14)

Hull KR 20-38 Hull FC (SLR 24, 11/08/13)

Hull FC 22-16 Hull KR (SLR 16, 25/05/13)

Hull FC 10-23 Hull KR (SLR 9, 29/03/13)

Hull KR 18-32 Hull FC (SLR 21, 23/07/12)

Hull KR 32-30 Hull FC (SLR 15, 26/05/12)

Hull FC 36-6 Hull KR (SLR 10, 06/04/12)

Hull KR 17-10 Hull FC (SLR 16, 05/06/11)

Preview:

Hull FC entertain Hull KR in the 225th cross-city derby with just two points separating the sides in the table.

The Black and Whites have managed just one win from three games at the KC Stadium so far this season, while all of Rovers’ wins this season have come at Craven Park.

The home side are without prop Chris Green and scrum-half Marc Sneyd who were injured in last week’s defeat at Castleford. James Cunningham and Jack Logan come into the squad, with 19 year-old centre Logan hoping to make his debut.

Sneyd and Green join Setaimata Sa, Richard Whiting and Gareth Ellis on the club’s ever-growing injury list.

FC head coach Lee Radford told the Hull Daily Mail that his side must make the most of their chances when they are in the ascendancy on Thursday night; “When the wind is in your sails you have to make the most of the momentum. It’s key to who will come out on top.

“There is only one derby I have been involved with in a coaching capacity where the momentum hasn’t swung throughout the game and that was last year’s 28-0 win for us.”

For The Robins, prop James Green misses out after picking up a one-match ban for a shoulder charge in last week’s win over St Helens. Green is replaced in the 19-man squad by Mitch Allgood, who himself returns from a two-game suspension.

Greg Burke also returns to the preliminary squad, while John Boudebza drops out.

Rovers head coach Chris Chester has praised his current squad ahead of Thursday’s game; “This squad is 10 times better than last season,” he told Hull Daily Mail, “We have better players and we are focusing firmly on the present. The Saints win has given the whole club a boost in confidence. It proved that we’re not a one or two-man team and that was a 17-man performance.”

The Robins hold a slight edge over FC in recent years, winning 12 of the last 20 Super League derbies. However, The Black and Whites have won three of the last four derbies at the KC Stadium.

Prediction:

Rovers by 4: FC have a some key players out through injury and will miss the experience of Ellis and Whiting and, with Sneyd out, they might struggle to breach a much improved Rovers defence. KR were very impressive against Saints last week and Kelly and Campese can cause the hosts problems in what will be a close, intense and hard-fought derby.

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