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Big match preview

This week’s opponents have had a poor season so far picking up just three wins up to dare. 

However, a victory against Ilkley is no mean feat whilst their success in overcoming Billingham has had consequences at the top of the league.

Hull will as ever respect their opposition but despite injuries, unavailabilities and a suspension Hull will field a strong side.

Hull’s success this season has owed much to a solid and consistent pack which has no real weakness in any department.

Tom Rice returns to the front row following an eye injury whilst Liam Regardsoe should be fit to return to the second row.

Rupert Kay’s concussion means that Cameron Curry may go from lock to flanker but there are other formulas that need to be considered.

The backs will have their usual mixture of pace and power with Steve Hihetah and Mike Adlard likely to start on the wings with Keane Naylor possibly returning after injury to come off the bench later in the game

It is at scrum half that some concerns have been articulated. Both Tom Watts and Harvey Harding are unavailable.  

Tomasi Tanumi is the likely replacement.He has played in every back position including scrum half and he will give a good account of himself even though he has played there just once this season.

Hull’s pack hold the key to this game and if they can stay free of injury and play with their normal intensity they should lay the platform for another Hull victory as they seek to retain their eighteen point lead at the top of the table.

Richard Gore

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