Hull travel to Chester this weekend and will be looking to consolidate their position as league leaders. The win at Sheffield Tigers was hard fought but eventually convincing.
Hull have shown great resilience all season and last Saturday was just another example. When Sheffield got a finger hold in the game, Hull moved up a gear scoring a couple of tries and with Simon Humberstone’s very consistent place kicking adding points regularly Sheffield were left with a deficit that was too much to overcome.
Prop Charlie Beech withdrew late on Friday, but hopes to play this week. The side that started against Sheffield should all be available this week and if Beech and scrum-half Harvey Harding return, it increases competition for starting places and Hull will field a strong side.
The shock result last week was Rotherham’s draw against Bournville which was a boost to Hull, but contained a warning. No side in the division can be taken for granted. Chester sit one place above Bournville at the moment so that scoreline will give them real hope.
Chester have had a mixed season and have recently lost heavily to Stourbridge, but beaten Luctonians so on paper Hull look favourites. Chester have a better home than away record so they will be looking to prove themselves in front of their home supporters.
Nevertheless, Hull should have too much for the Chester side and will look to maintain their league position.