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Richard Gore Previews Our Trip To Sheffield

Having beaten third -placed Stourbridge by their biggest margin of the season, Hull need to have their feet firmly back on the ground for their trip to Sheffield Tigers. Trips to the Dore Moor ground need to be well planned as not only do the Tigers tend to play well at home, but their ground is not an easy one for the visitors. It is rather open and often has a wind factor more than other grounds which is something of an advantage to the home side.

The Sheffield side are on a good run after a mixed start to their season, but having won their last three games they will be feeling full of confidence and looking forward to trying to topple the league leaders.

Hull are hoping to welcome back to their squad second row Cameron Curry and prop Charlie Beech. Tom O’Donnell will have fitness tests to see if he is able to return to the side.

Apart from the established players all making an impact, newcomer Joe Taira showed up well coming on as a late sub in the centre which will help to give coach Gary Pearce options when it comes to naming his starting XI.

Last week, Hull had a large number of candidates for man of the match, but the fact was that the whole team played really well and tackled, made good ground in possession and seized their scoring opportunities. The set pieces worked well so a very organised performance left visitors Stourbridge, well beaten at the final whistle.

Saturday is a different test against a side who are currently playing well. If Hull are able to carry forward the form they have been in since before and after Christmas they should have enough to keep their winning run going. But every side will relish the chance to topple the league leaders so Hull will need to keep focused to come away with the spoils.

Richard Gore

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