Match Preview: Hull FC v Wigan

Opponents: Hull FC

Date: 3rd June 2017

Venue: KC Stadium

Tickets: https://www.eticketing.co.uk/wiganwarriors/default.aspx

A Look at the Opposition

Hull have lost their last three games and are missing some key players. The Airlie Birds are without Josh Griffin and Liam Watts through suspension and Mahe Fonua, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor and Gareth Ellis through injury.

A 45-0 defeat at Magic Weekend followed by defeat at the KC to Leigh and then a narrow loss in the south of France. They are currently a team with a real lack of confidence but with players like Albert Kelly in their ranks, they are a team very capable of beating anyone on their day.

Hull FC youngster Connor Bower could make his first-team debut this Saturday, the young centre, a mainstay in the Reserves, has been named in the 19-man squad already this season and has been named again for the visit of the Warriors.

Jordan Thompson, who has missed the last few weeks through illness, is back in the squad and Masi Matongo also returns having not featured for the first-team since the away against the Warriors in March. Nick Rawsthorne, who touched down for a brace on Monday against Catalans Dragons, retains his place.

Source: http://www.hullfc.com/news/2017-06-01-bower-primed-for-debut

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Team News

  1. Jamie Shaul
    3. Carlos Tuimavave
    5. Fetuli Talanoa
    6. Albert Kelly
    9. Danny Houghton
    12. Mark Minichiello
    14. Jake Connor
    15. Chris Green
    16. Jordan Thompson
    17. Danny Washbrook
  2. Steve Michaels
    21. Sika Manu
    22. Josh Bowden
    23. Nick Rawsthorne
    25. Jansin Turgut
    27. Jack Downs
    28. Brad Fash
    29. Masi Matongo
    33. Connor Bower

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 Thoughts on the Game

Wigan need a win and Hull need a win, something has to give. It’s crucial that Wigan now pick up points rather than putting in valiant efforts and using injuries as excuses. Wigan are now at a stage where they have enough first teamers back to be able to win. The top 4 is within reach still at the moment with only four points separating Wakefield and Wigan, however, Wigan need to start picking up wins and winning against teams above them is vital.

I fancy Wigan to win, I mentioned in my midweek blog that the Widnes game last year was the low point that galvanised Wigan’s run to the Grand Final. Their next game was a must win game, for morale and fan-sanity in some cases- against Hull. There are lots of parallels to be drawn between that period of the season last year and currently – hopefully Wigan’s winning run at the KC can continue on Saturday.

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Prediction

The Wigan Rugby Blog predicts:

Score: Hull FC 8 – 22 Wigan

First Try Scorer: Joe Burgess

 

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