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Richard Gore’s match preview

Hull complete their season, with what some might see as the most important game of a long campaign as they take on Peterborough in the promotion play off for the right to go up into National Two North.
The game, to be played at Chanterlands Avenue ground at 3.00pm on Saturday, is the culmination of a year’s hard work and a growing confidence in a side that has looked stronger as the season has progressed.
Hull, having won the Yorkshire Cup on Wednesday evening by beating Doncaster Phoenix 34-7, will need all their powers of resilience to gather themselves for one last monumental effort to gain a victory and promotion.
Astute use of substitutes helped Hull on Wednesday night as coach Gary Pearce did his best to give players some respite in a seven-day spell in which his squad will have played three challenging games.
Peterborough will have no such burdens to carry and will arrive having rested during the week.
Hull will be assessing their players in the two days before this vital game to see if anyone has taken knocks after Wednesday’s game but it seems likely that a full compliment of players will be available to choose from.
Hull’s pack has been in good form this season and their scrummaging has been a decisive factor in several games since December.
A good back division capable of turning games will be eager to make use of the drying ground and with the half-back pairing of Harvey Harding and Steve Johnson developing good understanding, Hull have a sound all round side.
Peterborough have clearly had a good season and will provide even sterner opposition than Doncaster, but if Hull can manage their game plan and play to their strengths they have every chance of winning this game and being promoted.

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