Hull take on Cinderford this weekend at Chants Ave, and they will be pleased to welcome back many of the faces missing last week at Sale. Captain Cam Curry returns to the second row, whilst Laurence Cowen-Leak and Lewis Wilson return in the back row. Stephen Johnson starts at centre where he will partner Ali Heard to form a sound defensive midfield defence.
Wingers Keane Naylor and Dan Evans know their way to the try line, and there is a good deal of experience at half-back where Joe Carlisle continues as he has clearly recovered from the knock he received last weekend. Harvey Harding will add his usual combative edge at scrum-half.
Cinderford will be another tough test for Hull, but their form at home has been good and even the most critical observer would agree Hull should have won two, if not three, of their home games this season with just a touch of steadiness and good fortune.
Cinderford have won six, lost two and drawn one of the opening nine fixtures and they sit comfortably in mid table. Their last home game saw them held to a 10-10 draw against Chinnor, who sit just above Hull in the league.
It will be hard work for Hull tomorrow, but they have put in wholehearted performances in every game this season scoring some excellent tries. Many games have been lost by just one error, and head coach Gary Pearce will be looking to his players to eradicate them whether they come from excess penalties, yellow cards or loss of possession.
Hull’s efforts deserve to be rewarded and with some experienced players back in the side, they will give a good account of themselves against a useful mid-table side.