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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: WARRINGTON WOLVES V HULL FC
By | 01/03/2014
Hull FC will be looking to make it three wins on the bounce against Warrington Wolves when they travel to the Halliwell Jones Stadium tomorrow.
Following a deserved 26-16 victory on their previous visit to the ground and a Tetley's Challenge Cup semi-final victory over the Wolves last season, Hull will now face the Grand Finalists in the third round of Super League XIX.
The Black and Whites go into the game on the back of a 34-22 defeat to St Helens seven days ago but Lee Radford's side can take plenty of positives out of their performance against the highly rated Saints when making a similar journey across the M62 this weekend.
Leading by four points at the break, Radford was critical of his side's game management in the second half as St Helens turned the game on its head and the Hull coach says it will have to be better tomorrow.
Also highlighting his side's defence as an area for improvement, Radford told www.hullfc.com, "We’ve had a decent turnaround this week which has allowed us to have a good look at Warrington.
“The game management we spoke about last week is difficult to simulate. You can only really do it during a game so to speak, which I why I said after the match that hopefully we’ll be better for it moving forward.
“Offensively, we’re really happy with how things are going with ball in hand. It’s flipped around on 12 months ago when we were basing our results on defence.
“We’ve concentrated a lot on our attack in pre-season but I’m sure that once we get back the desperation we defended with last year and everybody is buying into what we are doing, we’ll be better for that.”
Currently sitting eighth on the Super League ladder after just two rounds following an opening day victory over Catalan, Hull face a Warrington side yet to register a win in the competition after defeats to St Helens and Leeds.
However, if they are to inflict a third consecutive Super League defeat on Warrington for the first time since September 2009, the Black and Whites must do so without experienced prop Garreth Carvell.
An ankle injury picked up last week has denied the former England and Great Britain international the chance to face his former club, with forward Jay Pitts the man drafted into Hull's 19-man squad in his place.
Meanwhile, Warrington boss Tony Smith has been boosted by the return of Rhys Evans and Ben Harrison to his side but the consistent Simon Grix misses out.
Radford added, "They’re going to be desperate, they're 0 from 2, they’re last year’s Grand Finalists and they’re at their place.
“They’re what you’d call a risky team anyway, the ball is in the air a lot with them and they play a lot of football, so we’re expecting a real challenge this week.
“When you look at the blokes they’ve lost in Brett Hodgson, Gaz Carvell, Adrian Morley and Lee Briers, they’re all seniors that you’d look towards to settle a game a little bit.
“With those players gone, they’re probably looking for that to come from somebody else and from what I’ve seen so far it probably hasn’t, so I’m sure that’s something they’ll be wanting to put right this weekend.”
Asotasi, Atkins, Bridge, Currie, England, B Evans, R Evans, Harrison, Higham, Hill, Laithwaite, J Monaghan, M Monaghan, Myler, O’Brien, Ormsby, Ratchford, Waterhouse, Westwood
Hull FC squad:
Arundel, Bowden, Crooks, Ellis, Heremaia, Horne, Houghton, Lineham, Miller, Paea, Paleaaesina, Pitts, Rankin, Shaul, Talanoa, Thompson, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman