Richard Gore Previews Cambridge’s Visit To Chants Ave

Hull’s penultimate match of the season sees them take on one of the front runners, Cambridge who rather overpowered a slightly depleted Hull side in the reverse fixture. Hull have fought in every game this season, and some cruel luck and some momentary lapse have seen five winnable games slip away.

The side has given of their all and despite the disappointments a number of good young players have been able to test themselves at this level. Saturday sees influential prop Charlie Beech return to the starting line up along with the highly experienced Ben Bootham and Mike Jobling in a front row that has troubled most opponents this season. Today will be Jobling’s 200th game for the club, the fifth player to reach the milestone for Hull RUFC.

Much of the rest of Hull’s starting XV has a familiar look, but the subs bench is full of young players just itching to make their mark. With centre Steve Johnson unavailable, Peter Hudson-Kowalewicz gets a chance to play along side the highly experienced Ali Heard who captains the side, and Hull’s back three of Jack Edwards, Timoci Waqadau and Mike Adlard offer a real threat.

However much will depend on the pack who have shown much improvement in winning consistent lineout ball. If the scrum ball can also be secure, as seems likely, Cambridge will not have things all there own way and Hull can play with freedom and hopefully sign off in their last two games with a flourish.

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