Hull FC vs Hull KR Super League Round 1 Preview

What a seasons opener for both teams in this humberside derby as Rovers entertain closest Rivals Hull FC in this intriguing contest at the KCOM stadium , kick off 07.45.

It will be a red hot Cauldron in Freezing condition on the 1st day of February, as these bitter rivals compete for Top dog status in the city of Hull.

Rovers are likely to feature a host of Close season signings with Australian Centre or back rower Kane Linnett, the pick of the bunch. The Scottish international has repeatedly proven himself as a quality player in the NRL representing both North Queensland Cowboys and Sydney Roosters. He will be a threat to the Hull team who are missing Key players Jake Connor and Albert Kelly.

Rovers have been impressive in the transfer market signing Jimmy Kleinhorst and Mitch Garbutt from Leeds Rhinos as well as Josh Drinkwater and Seasoned campaigner Weller Hauraki.
Visitors Hull will be hoping their disastrous 2018 season is a distant memory, but with players still missing through injury coach Lee Radford will believe that young Guns Jordan Lane and Masi Matongo are able to take their game to the next level.

Hull have potent attacking players in Jamie Shaul and Bureta Faraimo and the Tenacity of Scott Taylor up front, but their fans will be questioning the lack of a world class signing in recent months. The pressure is on coach Lee Radford for his team to perform and the question of who will play in the key stand off role will be a concern for many.

Rovers have looked impressive in pre season friendlies with comfortable victories over the Toronto Wolfpack and Widnes Vikings and with a solid looking pack and the silky skills of Josh Drinkwater in the halves, I expect Rovers to take this game by 14-18 points in front of a packed house.
Hull KR: Hall, Crooks, Keinhorst, Shaw, McGuire, Mulhern, Masoe, Tomkins, Greenwood, Hauraki, Garbutt, Lee, Atkin, Vaivai, Addy, Lawler, Linnett, Drinkwater, Dagger.
Hull FC: Shaul, Faraimo, Tuimavave, Griffin, Sneyd, Taylor, Houghton, Hadley, Minichiello, Thompson, Dawson-Jones, Matongo, Fash, Manu, Lane, Paea, Langtree, Litten, Washbrook.



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