Weather permitting Hull will travel to Wirral on Saturday with some confidence after their excellent victory over Lymm last week . Hull will be aware that Wirral lost heavily to Rossendale last week but they were without several of the of established first team squad.
Wirral have had a poor record since Christmas losing six and winning just one of their fixtures. That one victory was significant, as it was against Lymm , and apart from the Rossendale defeat , all their other reverses have been by small margins against decent opposition .
The league is becoming very competitive as the season approaches its climax as most side are either thinking of a late surge into the play off spot or looking over their shoulder as they attempt to avoid filling the one of the two relegation spots which are still open.
Hull are looking to keep up their challenge and the form of the pack in recent weeks has been particularly encouraging. Always solid and sometimes dominant in the scrum and with an improved lineout Hull have been able to mount a physical challenge.
Hull’s back division are more than capable of getting over the line but most sides have done their homework and are lying in wait for Hull’s pacy threequarters as they know any room given will be exploited. Hull’s second try last week showed Hull can combine forward power with slight of hand as most of the side were involved in a well fashioned score that ultimately produced a full seven points from a converted try.
Wirral have been a side Hull have not found all that easy to beat in recent seasons and they will need to be aware that a full complement of players from Wirral will not lie down.
Hull can win but as every game seems like a cup final they will need to keep fully focused on the basics to keep this excellent winning sequence going.
By Richard Gore