Two of the biggest, if not the two biggest, packs in Super League face-off at the KCOM Stadium in a mouthwatering top 4 clash between two very in-form teams.
Laurent Frayssinous brings his channel-hoppers to East Yorkshire looking for revenge after the Dragons were dealt a thumping defeat by the black and whites at Stade Gilbert Brutus in the second weekend of the season
With the Dragons having won all their last seven, and the Airlie Birds having won six of their last seven, this clearly is going to be a game of high quality with stars all over the pitch on both sides, even with both sides missing some key personnel.
Lee Radford’s side will be without skipper Gareth Ellis due to his one match ban and Mark Minichiello due to injury. The french visitors meanwhile will be missing Krisnan Inu for the rest of the season and they will also have to cope tonight without Australian superstars Todd Carney and Dave Taylor.
Hull FC: Shaul, Naughton, Fonua, Yeaman, Talanoa, Pryce, Sneyd, Watts, Houghton, Taylor, Manu, Pritchard, Bowden, Washbrook, Thompson, Green, Hadley, Palea’aesina, Michaels.
Catalans Dragons: Escare, Richards, Duport, Gigot, Broughton, Bosc, Myler, Casty, Da Costa, Anderson, Horo, Stewart, Baitieri, Bousquet, Mason, Pelissier, Mounis, Maria, Margalet
Both sides are bang in form at this moment in time, the outcome will depend very much on which pack gets on top and which halves are afforded the most time and space to guide their team round the park.
Krisnan Inu, Todd Carney and Dave Taylor are all big misses for the Dragons and that will be keenly felt, especially with the home side being in the enviable position of being able to replace Gareth Ellis and Mark Minichiello with Frank ‘The Tank’ Pritchard and Sika Manu.
Hull also have the form scrum-half in Super League in their ranks in Marc Sneyd and, on top of all that, the form full-back in Jamie Shaul as well.
Having said that Morgan Escare isn’t exactly a bad replacement for Inu, allowing Tony Gigot to occupy the centre spot he is very well known for, and Richard Myler has been in stellar form recently in the halves and Glenn Stewart has, likewise, been in excellent form in the back-row, and has very strong back-up from Justin Horo.
Prediction: Hull win by 12