Match Preview: London Broncos vs Hull FC

Hull FC look to get back to winning ways against London Broncos in the capital city this Sunday!

Inspiration can be taken from Hull FC’s last two visits to the capital city going into Sunday’s clash with London Broncos at Ealing Trailfinders Sports Ground.

Back-to-back Challenge Cup titles in 2016 and 2017 has etched special memories on the minds of Hull FC supporters, who will be hoping for more glory in London this weekend.

Hull are looking to get back to winning ways after last Friday’s home defeat to Wakefield Trinity.

In the other camp, Danny Ward’s side have recently beaten Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos impressively.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of tomorrow’s clash with The Broncos!

What’s the team news?

Mickey Paea has returned to this week’s 19-man squad after his absence in last Friday’s clash with Wakefield through a rib injury.

Paea is in line to return from injury this weekend
Paea is in line to return from injury this weekend

Danny Washbrook and Cameron Scott also come into the squad, replacing Mark Minichiello and Joe Westerman.

Westerman has injured his collarbone and sternum, ruling him out for tomorrow’s game against London.

Former Hull FC man James Cunningham sustained an injury in London’s late win over Leeds Rhinos last Friday, and he has not been named in the 19-man squad to face the Black & Whites.

Sadiq Adebiyi, Ben Hellewell, Jacob Ogden, James Meadows and Dan Hindmarsh are all set to feature on dual-registration for Sheffield Eagles and London Skolars, repsectively, this weekend.

FC 19-man squad: Jamie Shaul, Bureta Faraimo, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Dean Hadley, Jordan Thompson, Masi Matongo, Sika Manu, Jordan Lane, Mickey Paea, Jez Litten, Danny Washbrook, Cameron Scott, Ratu Naulago, Gareth Ellis

Broncos 19-man squad: Alex Walker, Rhys Williams, Elliott Kear, Kieran Dixon, Jordan Abdull, Eddie Battye, Eloi Pelissier, Will Lovell, Jay Pitts, Matty Fozard, Greg Richards, Matthew Gee, Matthew Fleming, Nathan Mason, Ryan Morgan, Luke Yates, Rob Butler, Matthew Davis, Morgan Smith

What’s the lowdown on The Broncos?

Many expected that London would be likely relegation candidates at the end of the 2019 season, but the Broncos have certainly been holding their own and then some more so far this year.

Subjecting Wakefield Trinity, Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos to defeats so far in 2019 has given them the surprise package tag.

London recorded a surprise victory away to Leeds last time out
London recorded a surprise victory away to Leeds last time out

Only Castleford Tigers have come away from Ealing Trailfinders with victory so far this season, giving Lee Radford’s men a tough task to claim the two points in the capital tomorrow.

The Broncos are without a win against the Airlie Birds since 2009. It is not a 10-year anniversary that Danny Ward will want at the end of the year.

What’s the memorable match?

The Black & Whites have enjoyed many road trips up, down and across the country down the years, and the 2012 journey to face London in South East England is one that will stand out to many who were there that day.

Gillingham FC’s Preistfields Stadium switched from football goalposts to rugby sticks as Hull FC edged a 14-12 win over the Broncos!

Hull FC faced London in Gillingham in 2012!
Hull FC faced London in Gillingham in 2012!

Kieran Dixon scored his first try for London to open the scoring, but the Airlie Bird’s responded through Ben Crooks, Richard Whiting and a Danny Tickle penalty.

Michael Robertson reduced the deficit to just two points, but Hull held on in the grandstand Gillingham finale!

Who are the one’s to watch?

FC: On London’s short pitch, metre making could be the key to success tomorrow, and Josh Griffin’s bulldozing runs will be a key asset for the Black & Whites. The centre, who thrives when he gets early ball, could cause havoc amongst the London defence. Griffin bagged a brace in Hull’s last trip on the road against Huddersfield - will he be on the score sheet again?

LB: Only Josh Drinkwater has completed more attacking kicks this season than former Hull halfback Jordan Abdull, who will be out to prove a point against his previous employers tomorrow. The Hull-born stand-off established a strong kicking reputation during his time at the KCOM Stadium. On a typically shorter and smaller pitch at Ealing Trailfinders Sports Ground, Abdull’s measured kicks could be a thorn in the Hull defence.

Jordan Abdull could face his former club for the first time tomorrow
Jordan Abdull could face his former club for the first time tomorrow
What are the match details?

Where: Ealing Trailfinders Sports Ground, Vallis Way, Ealing W13 0DD

When: Sunday 24th March, 3:00pm kick-off

Tickets: These can be bought on the gate at Ealing Trailfinders Sports Ground tomorrow. Unlike other away grounds, ticket prices will remain the same on game day!

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