After differing results in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals it’s back to Super League, as Hull FC welcome Wakefield Trinity on Friday evening.
Last Time Out
Hull FC continued their defence of the Challenge Cup in impressive fashion as they defeated the current Super League leaders Castleford Tigers. A bulldozing start and great game management helped them to 32-24 victory and set up a clash with Leeds Rhinos in the final four.
Wakefield Trinity bowed out of the competition though, as they were outdone by Salford Red Devils at the AJ Bell Stadium. After edging a thriller between the two sides just two weeks earlier, the visitors couldn’t replicate their last visit to Greater Manchester as they were well beaten 30-6.
There is no doubt that Albert Kelly provides the X-Factor in the Airlie Birds’ side, as he has been unplayable at times this season. And, with Marc Sneyd set to return on Friday night their halfbacks could be key to the outcome of this one. Their backline is where it could be won though, as Mahe Fonua, Carlos Tuimavave and Fetuli Talano were devastating against Castleford and can really hurt teams when they are at the top of their game.
For the visitors, they will be looking for inspiration from their wide men Ben Jones-Bishop and Mason Caton-Brown, as they will face the task of stopping their opposite numbers. They are great finishers themselves too though, and will be looking to find their way to the try-line and lead Wakefield to victory.
With just one point separating these two sides heading into this encounter, it is set to be an enthralling encounter. FC will be looking to build on their victory over table toppers Cas, while Trinity will be desperate to bounce back from their defeat to the Red Devils. Hull FC by 18.
Hull FC 19-man squad: Jamie Shaul, Mahe Fonua, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Fetuli Talanoa, Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Liam Watts, Mark Minichello, Jake Connor, Jordan Thompson, Danny Washbrook, Steve Michaels, Sika Manu, Josh Bowden, Jansin Turgut, Brad Fash
Wakefield Trinity 19-man squad: Chris Annakin, Tinirau Arona, Joe Arundel, Matty Ashurst, James Batchelor, Mason Caton-Brown, Anthony England, Liam Finn, Scott Grix, Keegan Hirst, Craig Huby, Ben Jones-Bishop, Max Jowitt, Reece Lyne, Mikey Sio, Bill Tupou, Adam Walker, Sam Williams, Kyle Wood
Referee: Chris Kendall
Venue: KCOM Stadium, Hull
Date/Time: Friday 23rd June, 8pm