Hull FC finally got back on the horse at the weekend with a golden point 27-26 victory over Wakefield. That ended a run of three straight defeats for Lee Radford’s men. Warrington, too, got their third win of the season with a 9-8 triumph over Castleford. Those results left Hull in seventh and the Wolves in eighth.
Blake Austin was the hero against Castleford with marquee signing Gareth Widdop still yet to find his feet in the UK. Hull’s big men, however, seemed to steamroll over Wakefield for most of the fixture until they tired which allowed Trinity back into the game – something which they cannot afford to do against a Wolves side with strikepower all over the field.
Hull are without Manu Ma’u and Ligi Sao following injuries sustained in the victory over Wakefield. Joe Cator also drops out as Jack Brown, Charlie Patterson-Lund and Charlie Graham are brought in to replace them by boss Lee Radford.
The Hull FC 21-man squad in full: Jamie Shaul, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Chris Satae, Josh Jones, Albert Kelly, Jordan Johnstone, Masi Matongo, Brad Fash, Jordan Lane, Josh Bowden, Mahe Fonua, Connor Wynne, Kieran Buchanan, Gareth Ellis, Jack Brown, Charlie Patterson-Lund, Charlie Graham.
Head coach Steve Price has recalled Anthony Gelling to his squad after the centre’s case became a police matter only as well as youngster Eribe Doro. Dec Patton and Luis Johnson miss out.
The Warrington 21-man squad in full: Sitaleki Akauola, Blake Austin, Keanan Brand, Luther Burrell, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Jason Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Matt Davis, Eribe Doro, Anthony Gelling, Chris Hill, Toby King, Tom Lineham, Jake Mamo, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Danny Walker, Gareth Widdop.
Last time they met
Warrington got the better of Hull the last time these two sides met in the Challenge Cup semi-final in July 2019 with the Wolves running out 22-14 winners. Warrington, prior to that fixture, had won three games in four against the Airlie Birds.
Both sides have been inconsistent, to say the least so far in 2020. But, in front of their own faithful, FC should be looking for back-to-back victories, especially if their forward pack can get over the equally imposing Warrington front line.
Hull FC for the win.
If we had to pick a Line
Hull FC -1.5