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Richard Gore’s match preview

Hull take on newcomers Wilmslow this weekend and will be looking to record their third victory of the season. Wilmslow have won one game against Vale of Lune and lost two others narrowly and will be keen to make an impression on a Hull side that beat the early pace setters, Blaydon last week.

Hull were good value for their win as they improved their lineout and defended well against a good attacking side. 

Hull welcome Rob Watt for his first game of the season at scrum-half with Harvey Harding unavailable. The backs will be without their top scorer from last season, winger Stephen Hihetah and the back division will have a new look as fitness tests on centres Keana Naylor and Ben Winterburn will determine if they can play a part in this week’s game. Centre/off-half Steve Johnson returned last week and showed up well when he came off the bench and will be in the mix this weekend and whichever combination takes the field, Hull will have a back line that will test their opponents from the Manchester area.

The pack had a good afternoon at Blaydon and the injury to back row forward Tom O’Donnell gives another opportunity to Will Hall or Joey Martin to play in the back three. Prop Don Hardman made an impact off the bench and second row Liam Regardsoe returns to give the selectors some options in putting out the best combinations amongst the forwards.

Hull will be hoping to improve some of their tactical decision making and make the most of all scoring opportunities as they would hope to win this home fixture with a little to spare this weekend.

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