Hull’s loss last week was disappointing, but with five regular first teamers unavailable through injury and several try scoring opportunities not converted, the game needs to be seen in context.
Hull lost to a better side, but they had some very good periods which they need to recognise and build on. This week, Taunton travel to Hull having won two games against Leeds in September and then at home to Esher and they have lost the other four games. Both victories were by small margins and Hull must feel they have a good chance against them, if they are able to field their most experienced side.
Prop Charlie Beech should return to the front row and the very effective back row forward, Laurence Cowen-Leak, could well make his first appearance of the season. Combative Harvey Harding should return at scrum-half and winger Mike Adlard should be available to boost Hull attacking options.
The full-back position will be giving the selectors something to ponder as Duell Trueman is almost certainly out injured and Steve McColl has moved away. However there are enough options with Iosefo Turaga, Steve Johnson and Ali Heard battling for centre spots. Turaga can play on the wing which might free up Adlard to move into an attacking role from full back. Joe Carlisle and Reece Dean should both be fit and their creative skills at off-half or full-back add to the conundrum the selectors will have in getting the right blend for Saturdays game.
Whichever formation Gary Pearce and his coaching team come up with, they will be looking for an upbeat performance from their team. Hull should have beaten Darlington and Leeds already this season, and if they can play with the same verve as in those encounters and avoid momentary lapses of concentration, they have it in their power to come away with the points at Chants Ave.