Hull FC will be seeking to extend their season with a point of any sort at Wheldon Road on Friday night to make the top four.
Games between the two teams this season have been very exciting and close fought affairs. Hull have a 2-1 lead so far with two wins at the KCOM stadium against a narrow defeat at the Jungle, after a late fightback just failed to give us the two points.
It’s an all or nothing game for the Black and Whites. Failure to pick up a point would leave them hanging on others results. Saints play Thursday away at Salford and would be expected to win. Wigan are away at Wakefield on Saturday, and how well will Wakefield perform knowing that if Saints had won their season is over regardless of their result is anyone’s guess.
An intriguing weekend is in prospect. Hull FC have produced the goods again this season when it has mattered the most. Our home league game was a heroic performance from 12 men after the Liam Watts sending off. The quarter final defeat of the Tigers was a classic game of attacking rugby. The league game at the Jungle could have gone either way and was in doubt until the final whistle. If Manu’s try had been correctly given we would have come away with a deserved win.
Hull should be full of confidence, Castleford is a team who have struggled with our physicality and Hull will be the team they would want to face the least. It is an opportunity for them to eliminate one of their biggest challengers, are they capable? Well we will see.
Castleford will be missing their talisman in Luke Gale who is recovering from an appendix operation – that is unless they have employed the services of the Leeds medical team. Ben Roberts is also struggling after taking a knock last week.
Hull are waiting on the fitness of Fetuli Talanoa who injured his arm against Leeds a couple of weeks ago
Hull: Shaul, Fanua, Tlunavave, Griffin, Talanoa, Kelly, Sneyd, yaloor, Houghton, watts, Minichello, Ellis, Connor, Green, Washbrook, Michaels, Manu, Bowden, and Fash.
Castleford: Cook, Eden, Edogo, Fitzsimmons, Foster, Hitchcock. Holmes, Larroyer, Lynch, Maher, McMeecan, McShane, Milkin, Monaghan, Roberts, Sene-Lefao, Springer, Trueman,and Webster.
A tight entertaining game – Hull by 4