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Hull FC v Huddersfield Giants- Preview

Kirk Yeaman could make his 350th appearance for Hull FC as they go in search of their fifth consecutive win at the KCOM Stadium this evening.

Lee Radford’s men will, however, have to cope without captain Gareth Ellis as well as Mark Minichiello, Danny Washbrook and Leon Pryce due to injury although all four should be in contention for the trip to faltering champions Leeds Rhinos next week, Fetuli Talanoa also makes a welcome return after missing the last five games.

Huddersfield Giants boss Paul Anderson brings his basement dwellers to face the side coached by his former Bradford Bulls team-mate with Josh Johnson and Kruise Leeming back on duty after missing the narrow defeat at Castleford last time out and new loan-signing Gene Ormsby goes straight into the squad.

Squads:

Hull FC: Josh Bowden, Mahe Fonua, Chris Green, Dean Hadley, Danny Houghton, Sika Manu, Stevie Michaels, Curtis Naughton, Iafeta Palea’aesina, Frank Pritchard, Jamie Shaul, Marc Sneyd, Fetuli Talanoa, Scott Taylor, Jordan Thompson, Carlos Tuimavave, Jansin Turgut, Liam Watts, Kirk Yeaman

Huddersfield Giants: Jermaine McGillvary, Leroy Cudjoe, Joe Wardle, Aaron Murphy, Danny Brough, Eorl Crabtree, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Craig Huby, Michael Lawrence, Larne Patrick, Sam Rapira, Ukuma Ta’ai, Jake Connor, Josh Johnson, Kruise Leeming, Nathan Mason, Oliver Roberts, Ryan Brierley, Gene Ormsby

Preview:

Since the infamous ‘Dressing Room-gate’ incident after their defeat at Widnes the Airlie Birds have been in imperious form to win all four of their games since then including dramatic comeback wins at Hull KR, home against Warrington Wolves and at St. Helens over the punishing Easter period.

The Giants are languishing at the bottom of the Super League with just 1 win to show for their efforts in the 9 games they have played so far, but they are still a threat especially if taken too lightly with the undoubted talent they have in their line-up.

At home, and in present form, Hull FC should prove too powerful for a Giants side who look devoid of confidence, in Jamie Shaul Hull have the form full-back in Super League, with his frightening pace and excellent vision you can be sure he will take advantage of any slight gap in the Giants defence.

Although Huddersfield are known to have a big physical pack the question must be can they deal with the strength of the black and white’s pack which includes the likes of Frank ‘the tank’ Pritchard, Sika Manu, Scott Taylor and Liam Watts who makes his 100th appearance for Hull tonight against the same team that he made his debut against in 2012?

Prediction: Hull win by 12 points

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