Hull FC head coach Lee Radford believes St Helens will be buoyed by the arrival of their new head coach prior to tomorrow’s Magic Weekend meeting.
For the first time since 2010, the Black and Whites won’t be battling it out for local bragging rights with Hull Kingston Rovers at the rugby league extravaganza.
This season sees the Airlie Birds take on the Saints, who will see new boss Justin Holbrook land before the whole of Super League heads to Newcastle for the third year running.
St Helens were dumped out of the Challenge Cup by Castleford Tigers last weekend and Radford feels tomorrow’s opposition will be out to make an impression on their new boss and says he’s looking forward to a ‘different’ Magic Weekend.
“You never know what he’s quite thinking so you never know what his opinion of you is before he comes in and when he does land you want to set a good impression of yourself,” he said.
“I’m sure that will add some influence on their performance on Saturday.
“I love it. I think this one is a little bit different as it’s a little bit of a throwback as it’s been an awful long time since we played Hull KR at Magic Weekend.
“Harlequins were the last team in Edinburgh when it wasn’t Hull KR. That in itself is a little bit different.”
Whilst Saints have won two of their last five games in all competitions, Hull are currently enjoying a run of five straight victories whilst booking their place in the quarter-final of the Challenge Cup.
FC could go top with a win on Saturday for a brief time, but Radford insists he’s not looking at the table at the moment and that the top four is his ultimate aim.
“I’m not looking at the table at all. The four is the one - I’ve said that from day one,” he said.
“Nobody wins a trophy on Saturday and nobody losses one either. It’s very much about how it has been throughout the year and try and knock our opposition off and make sure we get our job right.”
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