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RADFORD EXPECTING RESPONSE FROM ‘TOP END’ WOLVES
By Matt Holden | 27/02/2014
Hull coach Lee Radford believes this weekend’s opponents Warrington will still challenge for silverware this year despite defeats in the opening two rounds of the season.
Last year’s Grand Finalists have opened their 2014 campaign with losses to St Helens and Leeds Rhinos and will be looking to pick up their first points of Super League XIX against the Black and Whites on Sunday.
Expecting a response from the Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Radford has warned his team they will be facing a quality Warrington outfit eager to return to winning ways this weekend.
Radford said, “You only have to look at the squad to see that they’ll be boxing around the top end come the end of the season.
“We’re expecting a really tough encounter. A lot of people were saying they were poor last Friday but they were playing a top end team in Leeds at Leeds, and I honestly didn’t think they were that bad.
“They’re probably missing a bit of composure compared to years gone by but they are last year’s Grand Finalists, at home, so we’re going to expect everything coming at us on Sunday.
“They’ve got two international centres, an international winger on one side and a young kid on the other side who looked like he had a tasty debut on Friday.
“Physically, he looks really good and they’ve got quality right across the park with youth to come off the bench as well.”
Hull go into Sunday’s game on the back of a 34-22 defeat to St Helens last time out but centre Kirk Yeaman is expected to return to the squad after missing the loss at Langtree Park with a knock.
However, the Black and Whites could be without new signing Garreth Carvell for the trip to Warrington with an ankle ligament injury set to deny him a return to his former club.
Limping out of last week’s match against the Saints, scans have shown the injury is not as bad as first feared but Radford told www.hullfc.com he is likely to be unavailable this weekend.
“Carvs has struggled, there’s still a bit of inflammation in his foot and the likelihood is he probably isn’t going to be involved at the weekend,” he added.
“He’ll be pushing for the Bradford fixture, they’re both his former clubs and he’s desperate to play in both, but from what we’ve seen he probably won’t participate this week.
“A bit like Friday night, we’ll probably put Jordan Thompson up there for a stint. I thought he did alright when he got in there, he’s a handful when he carries the ball and he likes the physical side of the game.
“He comes on, he’s energetic and he puts his body on the line, which is what we’re after. He’s got a bit of work to do on what he does after contact, but he is doing that, and Jordy is probably who we will go with there to replace Carvs.”