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Harding set for return for Loughborough challenge

Hull face a talented University side that sit fifth in the table but who only just got the better of Hull in the early days of the season before Hull had got into their stride.

Hull are in a battle with eight other sides for what is likely to be the last of three relegation places. It is  a measure of just how competitive the league is that so many sides, like Hull who have had decent season are still in a very congested ‘’ mid table’’ competition.

A measure of how Hull have progressed can be seen by the fact is that they have beaten second place Fylde away from home and they could have got something out their game against league leaders Caldy with a fraction more luck or a couple of decision going their way.

That is history now and Hull know they need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible. Hull’s pack have become much more efficient as the season has progressed and their front five have given most sides, including Caldy, plenty to think about.

Hull have scrum-half Harvey Harding and back row/second row Will Hall back in the reckoning and they will be hoping that prop Charlie Beech has recovered from an ear injury to take his place in the front row this weekend.

With most games won or lost on fine margins, Hull will been looking to minimise the penalty count against themselves and control the game and get their tactical kicking in good order to play the game in the right areas of the field.

In recent games, they have made good use of field position and have retained possession to score as they demonstrated in the first minute or two last week!

If Hull can gain the upper hand in the scrum and take their own lineout ball, they have the side to take the points this weekend as they look to steal a march on their mid table rivals and ease their way up the table.

Richard Gore

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