Hull FC host Salford in the first round of the Super 8’s tonight. Both teams will want to get their journey to the Grand Final off to a positive start after last week’s battles in the Challenge Cup.
LAST TIME OUT
Last weekend saw both sides play for their chance to be at Wembley this year with only Hull FC coming out victorious. The Black and Whites put on a seven-try display to beat Leeds 43-24 at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium last Saturday. It was a close-knit encounter during the first half with Hull going behind twice before tries from Tuimavave, Green and man-of-the-match Albert Kelly gave them the lead at half-time.
Hull dominated the second half scoring four tries before Leeds added a consolation try from Ashton Golding in the last minute. Hull welcomed back the return of Gareth Ellis as well as the combination of Albert Kelly and Marc Sneyd showed just how good Hull can be at full-strength.
In the other semi-final, Salford were beaten 27-14 by a determined Wigan side at the Halliwell Jones Stadium last Sunday. After being behind 12-0, Salford went into the second half leading, thanks to Johnson and McCarthy’s tries and a Dobson penalty.
Unfortunately for Salford, Wigan ground out a victory in the second half adding further tries from McIlorum and Gildart sealing the victory for the Warriors.
With the return of Robert Lui for the Red Devils, this game could be a battle of the halves. Looking set to pair up with Carney, these two could bring some excitement to the Salford side.
Hull are without Sneyd for this game after picking up a knock in the semi-final so it looks set to be Kelly and Connor at six and seven. Both players seem to compliment each other in the halves so Hull shouldn’t miss Sneyd too much.
Hull are without Marc Sneyd, Mark Minichello and Josh Bowden, who all picked up knocks in the Challenge Cup last weekend. They are replaced in the squad by Jordan Thompson, Jansin Turgut and Steve Michaels.
Salford welcome back Robert Lui and Jake Bibby, who take the place of Michael Dobson and Junior Sa’u in the squad. Lama Tasi is suspended for the game too.
Hull FC (from): Shaul, Fonua, Tuimavave, Griffin, Talanoa, Kelly, Taylor, Houghton, Watts, Ellis, Connor, Green, Thompson, Washbrook, Michaels, Manu, Turgut, Fash, Matongo.
Salford (from): Bibby, T. Carney, Evalds, Griffin, Hauraki, Johnson, Jones, Kopczak, Krasniqi, Lui, McCarthy, Murray, Murdoch-Masila, O’Brien, Tomkins, A.Walne, Welham, Wood, Vatuvei.
Referee: Jack Smith
Venue: KCOM Stadium
Date/Time: Friday 4th August 2017, 8pm BST