Hull FC will be looking to beat Leeds in a league match for the first time since 2014 when they welcome the Rhinos to the KCOM Stadium in Super League round 12’s Thursday night contest.
If they are to secure that win this week, it would see them leapfrog the reigning Champions into fifth.
The Black and Whites returned to winning ways last week as they beat a battling Widnes 39-20, bouncing back from defeat to St. Helens.
Lee Radford’s side have now won 4 of their last 5 games, getting them back on track after an inconsistent start to the season which saw them lose 4 of their opening 6 fixtures.
Leeds let an 8-point lead slip with just over 7 minutes remaining last Friday as Wigan pulled off a dramatic late comeback at Headingley to condemn the Rhinos to a third loss of the season.
With just 2 wins in 5 games, Leeds’ season is stuttering and they could find themselves 7 points behind current table toppers St. Helens if results go against them this week.
The two sides met at Headingley just over a month ago, a game in which the Rhinos continued their recent dominance over Hull FC with a 20-16 win.
That made it 10 wins in a row for Leeds in league games against the Airlie Birds, with their last Super League loss against Thursday night’s opponents coming in September 2014, a 24-19 loss in East Yorkshire.
FC did, however, inflict one of Leeds’ worst defeats of the season in 2017 when they beat them 43-24 in Doncaster on their way to retaining the Challenge Cup.
Hooker Brad Dwyer suffered a fractured elbow in his side’s draw at Huddersfield on Easter Friday but went on to play in the wins over Salford and Wakefield. He was named in the 19-man squad last week but was then one of the players to drop out after seriousness of his injury was realised.
He is replaced in this week’s squad by Brett Ferres, who missed out against Wigan after playing twice over Easter in his first appearances for 6 months due to surgery on his knee.
Liam Sutcliffe (foot), Mitch Garbutt (knee), Nathaniel Peteru (bicep) and Jack Walker (ankle) are still sidelined.
Hull FC welcome back Sika Manu, Mark Minichiello and Dean Hadley after they were all cleared to return from injury. Manu has missed the last 6 games due to a calf injury, while Minichiello (groin) was unavailable for the games against St. Helens and Widnes and Hadley has been absent since the 42-16 win over Catalans last month.
Jordan Abdull, Danny Washbrook and Jack Downs make way for the forward trio to return.
Academy product Brad Fash is still some time away from returning due to a broken jaw.
The 19-man squad in full are-
Leeds Rhinos: Ashton Golding, Tom Briscoe, Kallum Watkins, Ryan Hall, Joel Moon, Richie Myler, Adam Cuthbertson, Matt Parcell, Brad Singleton, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Carl Ablett, Stevie Ward, Brett Delaney, Anthony Mullally, Brett Ferres, Ash Handley, Cameron Smith, Mikolaj Oledzki, Josh Walters.
Hull FC: Jamie Shaul, Bureta Faraimo, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Fetuli Talanoa, Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Dean Hadley, Mark Minichiello, Josh Bowden, Jake Connor, Chris Green, Sika Manu, Jez Litten, Micky Paea, Jordan Lane, Masi Matongo.
Date: Thursday 19th April 2018.
Venue: KCOM Stadium, Hull.
Referee: Ben Thaler.