Hull KR vs Hull FC Super League Round 8 Preview

Good Friday sees the long awaited return of the Hull derby, as the Robins host the Black and White's for the bragging rights for the colour of Hull at the start of 2018. The Robins will be looking to do everything in their power to keep the noisy neighbours as quiet as possible.

FC took all the glory in 2016, winning convincingly on both occasions of these two sides meeting, the first win 36-12 and the second 28-16. The Robins are looking for their fist derby win since May 2014 after losing their last 6 meetings their bitter rivals, most of which have been games that saw in excess of 40 points scored accumulatively.

Hull FC welcome back their skipper Danny Houghton after missing almost two months of Rugby League down to a calf injury, Mickey Paea is also named after passing a fitness test. The Black and White's are without versatile forward Dean Hadley who could be side-lined for as long as a month. The Robins could see the return of captain Shaun Lunt and veteran halfback Danny McGuire as they face late fitness tests after being named in the 19 man squad, they are without centre strike weapon Andrew Hefernan and forward Jordan Walne, both ruled out due to head knocks sustained last week.

Hull KR squad: Adam Quinlan, Thomas Minns, Ryan Shaw, Danny McGuire, Nick Scruton, Shaun Lunt, Mose Masoe, Maurice Blair, James Greenwood, Ben Kavanagh, Lee Jewitt,  James Donaldson, Chris Clarkson, Tommy Lee, Matty Marsh, Liam Salter, Josh Johnson, Chris Atkin Justin Carney.
Hull FC squad: Jamie Shaul, Bureta Faraimo, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Fetuli Talanoa, Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Mark Minichiello, Josh Bowden, Jake Connor, Chris Green, Jordan Abdull, Danny Washbrook, Brad Fash, Mickey Paea, Jordan Lane, Masi Matongo.
The Hull derbyis a welcome sight for Super League, it always brings a great atmosphere and the competitive nature of it was missed last year. I believe that the Black and White's have got this wrapped up, the return of Albert Kelly, Danny Houghton Mickey Paea is going to be too much to contend with for the Rovers, especially with two key players who are 50/50 as to whether they make the field or not and arguably their best player, Hefernan, out of the squad. I'm backing Hull FC to take this by 12+.


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