Leeds Rhinos vs Hull FC Round 5 Preview

Hull FC travel to Leeds looking for their first away win at Headingley stadium since 2007, however, a growing Rhinos injury list will give Hull an extra sense of confidence coming into this fixture. The Black and Whites too have some notable absentees.

The 2017 head to heads don't fair too well in Hull's favour, the Rhinos victorious in 4 out of 5 of last seasons meetings, including the 18-16 thriller in the Super League 2017 play offs, in fact, to find Hull's last Super League win against the Rhinos you have to go all the way back to Round 27 of the 2014 Super League season, a 24-19 win for the Black and Whites.
Hull - FC are without influential forward Liam Watts as he serves his first of a 3 game ban, winger Bureta Faraimo is sidelined through injury, Danny Houghton, Albert Kelly and Mickey Paea all absent. 3 of Hull's rising stars get the nod in the form of Jack Downs, Jordan Lane and Masi Matongo.

Leeds - The Rhinos are without Cuthbertson, Ward, Sutcliffe, Keinhorst, Peteru and Ferres, however, they are bolstered by the return of Walker, Moon and Mullally. Walker is expected to play from the bench with Golding starting fullback.

Leeds - Ashton Golding, Tom Briscoe, Kallum Watkins, Ryan Hall, Joel Moon, Richie Myler, Matt Parcell, Brad Singleton, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Carl Ablett, Brad Dwyer, Brett Delaney, Anthony Mullally, Mitch Garbutt, Ash Handley, Jack Ormondroyd, Jack Walker, Mikolaj Oledzki, Josh Walters.

Hull - Jamie Shaul, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Fetuli Talanoa, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Dean Hadley, Mark Minichiello, Jake Connor, Chris Green, Jordan Abdull, Danny Washbrook, Brad Fash, Sika Manu, Jack Logan, Jansin Turgut, Jordan Lane, Jack Downs, Masi Matongo.

Both sides have sizeable injury lists as things stand and this will be a prominent reason for either team coming out second best in this fixture, but looking at the quality that Hull have lost, it's clear they are suffering the most, they have lost their most consistent player in the form of Houghton, their star player in the form of Kelly and (although not injured) one of their big metre makers in the form of Liam Watts. 

With all those players missing, a trip to Leeds is a huge challenge, if this was two fully fit sides going head to head, I would have to call it in the favour of FC, this is not the case though, although Hull still have quality on the field that you would hope could get the job done, this one seems a stretch too far and for that reason I'm calling this one a Leeds victory by 6-12 points. 



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