Hull FC are back in action in Super League tonight after their magnificent Challenge Cup Semi-Final victory over Leeds Rhinos last week. Hull were sensational at the Keepmoat Stadium as they blew Leeds away to reach Wembley once again as they look to defend their Cup title. The Black and White army were out in force as always and it was one massive party last Saturday especially when Jamie Shaul jumped into the crowd after his length of the field try. Over 15,000 FC fans have snapped up Final tickets already and Wembley fever is in the air. Unfortunately though Wembley is three weeks away and before then Hull have three vitally important Super 8’s games to negotiate.
Hull are in the top four but they are by no means secure in the top four. Tonight they face one of their main rivals for a semi-final spot the Salford Red Devils. They sit one point and one place behind FC going into the game but they have lost 6 of their last 7 in the league and were denied a place at Wembley by Wigan last week. After their imperious win over Leeds all signs point to an FC win but Lee Radford will be keen to avoid any complacency and wandering Wembley eyes. Hull were taught lessons last season as they didn’t handle this period of the season particularly well. The best teams and the best players learn from their mistakes and Radford will be hoping his players have learnt from last season’s mistakes.
To prove that they have learnt from last year Hull need to win tonight and win well. Salford are shot of confidence and Hull should be on cloud nine after last week. If they can go out and play like they did last week they will blow Salford away and lay down a marker for the rest of the Super 8’s and the Challenge Cup Final.
Both clubs have some key players missing for this evenings clash. Marc Sneyd, Mark Minichiello and Josh Bowden all miss out for Hull but should all be back next week. It’s worse news for Salford who are missing Michael Dobson, Mark Flanagan, Lama Tasi and Junior S’au
Hull FC: Shaul, Fonua, Tuimavave, Griffin, Talanoa, Kelly, Taylor, Houghton, Watts, Ellis, Connor, Green, Thompson, Washbrook, Michaels, Manu, Turgut, Fash, Matongo.
Salford: Bibby, Carney, Evalds, Griffin, Hauraki, Johnson, Jones, Kopczak, Krasniqi, Lui, McCarthy, Murray, Murdoch-Masila, O’Brien, Tomkins, Walne, Welham, Wood, Vatuvei