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Rhinos to Down the Birds
Posted by southstander on May 18 2007 - 08:44:29

Embattled

Sunday afternoon signals the half way stage in the 2007 Superleague campaign and we're exactly where we want to be....top of the pile.

With Bradford at the Galpharm on friday night, and Saints playing at home to Wakefield, it looks like we will need to beat Hull FC at the KC Stadium to remain in top spot. We lost our first game there last August after a great run of victories, although this years opposition is a shadow of last years side.

We preview the game here...

Tony Smith is without Ali Lauiti'iti who will be laid up for four to six weeks after key-hole surgery this week. Jordan Tansey has had a recall into the twenty along with Ablett, Hall and Williams. We seem to have a bit of an embarrassment of wingers in the named twenty so expect a couple of them to miss out. There are rumours that Ryan Hall will be starting so it could be Lee Smith who plays the price for that unforced knock-on against the Warriors.

Hull FC are languishing in their lowest league position since their Hull Sharks incarnation finished eleventh in 1999. Many peoples tip for continued success, and an outside tilt at the major trophies, the Airlie Birds have ben stunned by poor early season defeats and then the highly controversial departure of Old Faithful favourite Paul 'bigger Judas than Garry Schofield' Cooke. The FC twenty is; Briscoe, Carvell, Domic, Dowes, Hall, R Horne, King, Lee, Maiava, Manu, Radford, Raynor, Sing, Swain, Tickle, Tony, Washbrook, Wheeldon, Whiting, and Yeaman.

There is plenty of skill and experience in that side but it has just not gelled so far this season, lets hope that it doesn't click into place on sunday afternoon.

Three Birdies to watch;


Matt Sing

Gaz Raynor

Dickie Horne

When FC visited Headingley earlier in the season the Rhinos commanded the game and took a convincing 18-04 win in horrendous weather conditions. We did, however, lose two out of three meetings last season with a 44-28 home defeat being the most embarrassing. During the Superleague era we have won seven from eleven away at the Boulevard/KC Stadium.

Although they beat th Eagles last weekend to progress in the Challenge Cup, they have only won three out of the last six Superleague matches, including the crushing loss to Cookies KR at the Millennium Stadium a fortnight ago. We should have too much for them, despite our lack of forwards on the bench.

Southstander.com Prediction
Hull FC 12 24 Rhinos

It looks like being a nice sunday afternoon on Humberside so if your wallet can cope with the most outrageously expensive ticket prices in Superleague then get yourself down the M62 and cheer the lads on.

The bookies don't currently have the handicap up for our game but expect something like a eight to twelve pointer against us. They are, however. offering 100 of free bets to new members, there has never been a better time to join.

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