Well less than a month ago, I did the preview to Wire vs Hull, and I said how the Wire were in dire need of a win, well since then haven’t they been on a roll?
The draw against FC has seemed to give the Wire the confidence they needed, as they haven’t lost once this month. Beating Leeds, Widnes, Huddersfield, and dramatically beating Wakey last week. Wire fans are starting to believe again that this could be their year. Whilst for FC, since the draw against the Wire, had an unusual loss in form, as they got 50 points on them twice in two games against Salford and Leeds, both at home, but then went on to beat Leigh, and Surprisingly, Cas. Lets see what could decide this one…
Last time out
At the start of the month Hull and Wire played out a tight match at the HJ Stadium, ending in a 22-22 draw, with both Sneyd and and Gidley missing drop goals to win for their respected side. In a game that could have gone either way, and some saying, what if there was more time, would Wire have won?
Taylor Vs Hill
The battle of the two England Props, Taylor is one of the most consistent props in the league, and has well-earned his place in the squad to face Samoa. With over 1,000 metres made in 135 carries, 270 Tackles, and an average gain of 8.70 per carry, very few can complain with that. Will he remain calm, and not let the call up, get into to his head. Whilst the Wire captain Hill, has returned from injury like a machine, with 945 meters in 119 carries, 230 tackles and an average gain of 7.94 per carry, Hilly has brought a calmness back to the Wire, which has allowed them to end their lossing streak, and then go on a four game winning streak. Will these two titans be the difference for there respected teams.
Sneyd vs Patton
The battle of the half backs, two of the biggest rising stars in the game, with Sneyd, rising up the leagues, to become one of super leagues best. With his different kicking style, and his infamous flare which he has become known for has allowed FC to go from a top 8 team to a cup winning team. Also, with 50 goals to his name, which is only behind Luke Gale, Sneyd could be on for another great season. Whilst Patton, aka General Patton, has become one of the best young prospects, with some even calling him the new Lee Briers. Patton is developing into a star for the future, and learning next to Kurt Gidley and from Lee Briers, he is starting to get one of the coolest heads in the league. Can he compete against the leagues best on Friday.
Hull are going to be needing a big performance, one as Wire are on-form, and two as they are missing key players including Liam Watts, after the red card last week. Wire however, look to have finally found the form that won them the League Leaders Sheild and got them to both finals last year, with the return of Daryl Clark after suspension, will the wire take it to 5 wins in a row?
Wire to win by 16
Clark, Darryl Clark has been one of the consistent players in the Wire ranks this season, you could see his influence was missing last week, I think this edge will take Wire to the 5th win, and the MOM award at FT.
Shaul, Fonua, Tuimavave, Griffin, Kelly, Sneyd, Taylor, Minichello, Ellis, Connor, Green, Thompson, Washbrook, Michaels, Manu, Turgut, Downs, Fash, Litten
Akins, Brown, Clark, Cooper, Dwyer, Evans, Gidley, Hill, Hughes, Jullien, Lineham, Livett, Patton, Philbin, Ratchford, Russell, Savelio, Sim, Westerman
Referee: James Childs
Hull FC vs Warrington Wolves, 28th April 2017, The KCOM Stadium, Hull, Live on Sky