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MATCH PREVIEW | Hull FC vs Wakefield Trinity

It is fifth versus third in the Betfred Super League as Hull FC host Wakefield Trinity.

 

TEAM FORM GUIDE

Hull FC

The Black and Whites had a mixed Easter period starting on Good Friday. The West side of Hull ran out 56-12 winners after a close first half, however they were given a reality check when convincingly beaten by league leaders St Helens 62-16. Hull sit fifth in the table, equal on points as Wakefield.

Wakefield Trinity

Wakefield made the short trip to Castleford on Thursday. Chris Chester’s side struggled, however they fought back late to lose by two and had an opportunity to win the match. They then hosted Leeds on Monday and in another close contest this time they edged it by two. Wakefield come into this game sat in third position.

 

SQUAD NEWS

Hull FC

Unsurprisingly there is a few changes as during the Easter period Lee Radford rested players before the trip to St Helens. Hull make five changes with Danny Washbrook, Danny Houghton, Mickey Paea, Josh Griffin and Gareth Ellis all are included to the 19-man squad.

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Jordan Thompson is among the five to miss out with young players Jez Litten and Cameron Scott. Ratu Naulago and Mark Minichello are the other two to miss out with the latter suffering from a neck injury.

Hull FC 19-man squad: Faraimo, Tuimavave, Griffin, Kelly, Sneyd, Taylor, Houghton, Hadley, Westerman, Connor, Green, Matongo, Fash, Manu, Paea, Logan, Washbrook, Ellis, Wynne

Wakefield Trinity

Former Black and White Joe Arundel is sidelined for three months due to a pectoral injury. Matty Ashurst also is ruled out due to injury. Trinity welcome back Tyler Randell who is a timely boost to the side.

Wakefield Trinity 19-man squad: Annakin, Arona, Caton-Brown, Crowther, Fifita, Hampshire, Hirst, Horo, Jones-Bishop, Jowitt, Kershaw, King, Kirmond, Kopczak, Lyne, Pauli, Randell, Reynolds, Wood

 

HEAD TO HEAD

This is the second meeting of the season between the sides and the second in Hull. Trinity ran out 32-12 winners that evening. Hull were over run that evening by the forwards with Pauli Pauli getting on the score sheet. However, that evening came at a cost as Tom Johnstone got injured which ruled him out for the season. Also Bill Tupou scored twice before suffering an injury. Trinity are looking for a fourth straight win against the East Yorkshire club, of which it would be three in a row at the KCOM Stadium.

 

KEY BATTLE

Scott Taylor (Hull FC) v David Fifita (Wakefield Trinity)

One of the huge differences between the sides on their first meeting was that Hull were unable to handle the Wakefield pack, mainly David Fifita. Fifita is a player who has seriously impressed and was rewarded with a three year deal. He runs hard and looks to offload. With his sheer size it is difficult to stop him and I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets on the scoreboard.

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Scott Taylor has had less of an impact on the Hull side, however he is huge to the side as he is arguably Hull’s best forward. Taylor looks to offload after contact and when Hull have played well this is part of the reason why.

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THE IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date:  Sunday 28 April
Venue: KCOM Stadium
Kick-off: 3:00 PM
Referee: Liam Moore

 

WHO WILL WIN?

Both sides won once during Easter with Hull looking to bounce back and Wakefield to start a streak. A huge difference from the sides from the last meeting is the players on show. Hull have Albert Kelly meanwhile Wakefield are without both Jacob Miller and Danny Brough which will hurt their side. That is why I am going for a home win.

 

 

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