Hull vs Huddersfield - Super League Round 1 Preview


Hull FC have a sensational record on the opening day of the season, winning 4 of their last 5 opening games, Huddersfield however hold a much lower win rate in round 1, winning just 2 of their last 5 opening games.

As far as head to heads go, Hull have 3 of the last 5 meetings go in their favour, but Huddersfield did take the spoils in the teams last meeting between the two clubs, a 46-18 win over the Black and whites.

The Giants will be filled with confidence coming into this match up, especially after retaining Golden Boot nominee, Jermaine Mcgilvary, the Giants confirming that the England International has signed a long term contract.

Hull - 1. Jamie Shaul 2. Bureta Faraimo 4. Josh Griffin 5. Fetuli Talanoa 6. Albert Kelly 7. Marc Sneyd 8. Scott Taylor 9. Danny Houghton 11. Dean Hadley 12. Mark Minichiello 13. Josh Bowden 14. Jake Connor 16. Jordan Abdull 17. Danny Washbrook 20. Brad Fash 21. Sika Manu 23. Mickey Paea 25. Jansin Turgut 29. Masimbaashe Matongo

Huddersfield - 1. Jake Mamo 2. Jermaine McGillvary 4. Jordan Turner 5. Aaron Murphy 6. Lee Gaskell 7. Danny Brough 8. Sebastine Ikahihifo 9. Kruise Leeming 12. Michael Lawrence 13. Ryan Hinchcliffe 14. Dale Ferguson 15. Jordan Rankin 16. Oliver Roberts 17. Ukuma Ta'ai 18. Paul Clough 19. Daniel Smith 20. Adam Walne 21. Adam O'Brien 23. Darnell MCIntosh

Key match up - Shaul vs Mamo

Both players are regarded as some of the most dangerous players in their respective teams, Mamo however is returning from injury. One of these two is definitely going to make the score sheet.

Both teams have named some of their new faces in their squad, looking at the team sheets, I'd say Hull look the stronger side on paper. Bureta Faraimo is going to really tested in this game, by both teams, his team mates want him to get a try and will send play down his wing at any opportunity.

Huddersfield will look to test the US international, putting him under the high ball, shark sets down his channel and looking to force errors on his kick returns.

Based on Hull's history of opening day runs and their virtually unaltered squad, I'm going to give this in Hull's favour by a margin of 6 to 14 points.

Pom

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