Director of Rugby Gary Pearce admits he never dreamt of leading the National 2 North table by nine points with nine games to play. But that’s the scenario Hull face as they prepare to face Rotherham at Chants Ave on Saturday in what promises to be a thrilling first versus second top-of-the-table clash. Arguably, it’s the biggest game in the club’s history and Pearce admits games like this don’t come round very often and with the pressure on the visitors, his players should embrace this experience.
“It is one of the biggest games in the club’s history, because we’ve been not at this level before,” Pearce said.
“It’s not all-or-nothing for us and they have to beat us, so the pressure is on Rotherham.
“We have a very proud record at home and we’ll just pride ourselves on our performance and let the game take care of itself.
“We have to make sure we play the game in the right areas and impose ourselves on them.
“We’ll hope to get on top early on and show the character that has seen us win 13 of our last 14 matches.
“In big games like this, we might not get many chances, so we have to be able to take them and we know they are clinical near the try line.
“Rotherham were expected to win promotion this season and we never dreamt of being top at this stage of the season.
“We set our targets at Christmas and we wanted to be in a position to put pressure on Rotherham, and we’ve done that.
“These are the games the players want to play in and it would be great to see a big crowd at Chants Ave on Saturday.
“We’re a hard side to beat and we must be doing something right to be where we are at this stage of the season.”