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Our trip to Billingham previewed

Hull travel to Billingham on Saturday to take on a side with a mathematical chance of getting into the play offs. It is a highly unlikely prospect as they would need maximum points from their last two games whilst the two clubs above them would need to go without a single point.

Hull rebounded with some style from their defeat at the hands of Harrogate when running in over sixty points in their fixture against Sandal last week and they will be looking to maintain that kind of form this weekend.

Prop Dom Hardman looks as thought he will sit this one out with a leg injury and coach Gary Pearce is considering all his options before making a final selection.

Rob Watts may come in  at scrum-half and if Lee Birch is fully fit he could start in his preferred position at full-back.

The pack have played well all season with the lineout being the area of concern in some games but their physical approach has laid the foundations for a promotion season. Cameron Curry, Liam Regardsoe and Paul Hamber have all played their part as members of the second row with Curry able to play back row as well.

Their ability to make the hard yards could lay the ground work for Hull’s back division to run in some tries again this week after last week’s try fest in which winger Mike Adlard score six tries.

If Hull are able to play to their best on a dry day they could score heavily again against a side that has all but given up on the chance of promotion for this year.

Richard Gore

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