Hull FC host Widnes Vikings at the KCOM Stadium on Friday night in round five of Super League. Both sides had contrasting results in round four with Hull claiming their first home win of the season and Widnes falling to their third home defeat.
Last Time Out
Hull beat St Helens 24-14 in a scrappy encounter last Friday night. The victory was sealed with a last second Albert Kelly try which followed a rarely seen 8 point try courtesy of Carlos Tuimavave. Though pleased with the win, Lee Radford will want less drama this time around.
Widnes were at home to the high flying Castleford Tigers on Sunday afternoon. The visitors put Widnes to the sword scoring 34 unanswered points with Greg Eden and Greg Minikin bagging a brace of tries each. Denis Betts will be expecting a reaction from his men this week.
Gareth Ellis returns to the Hull squad after missing two games with concussion. Hull are a much improved team with him on the pitch and it will be up to his opposite number Hep Cahill to contain him. Cahill has been one of few bright sparks in the Widnes team this year and if he can nullify the threat of Ellis then Hull will have a much harder fight on their hands.
Widnes will work hard to avoid another embarrassing result but Hull FC should have too much for them and will claim their second home win – Hull FC by 12
Hull FC: Bowden, Connor, Downs, Ellis, Fonua, Green, Griffin, Houghton, Kelly, Manu, Matongo, Michaels, Minichiello, Shaul, Sneyd, Taylor, Thompson, Tuimavave, Washbrook.
Widnes Vikings: Armstrong, Bridge, Buchanan, Cahill, J Chapelhow, T Chapelhow, Craven, Dudson, Hanbury, Heremaia, Houston, Johnstone, Leuluai, Marsh, Olbison, Runciman, Thompson, White, Whitley.