Confidence is high before Tigers visit
HULL are high on confidence and have nothing to fear ahead of the visit of Sheffield Tigers to the Ferens Ground tomorrow.
Having registered a good 49-24 win against Stockport last weekend, Hull's march up the table shows no signs of stopping.
After a relatively slow start to the campaign, Hull are now up to 11th in the table and can face the fifth-placed Tigers in good form.
Three victories from their last four matches, including against high-flying Darlington Mowden Park and Leicester Lions, have restored Hull's belief they can compete at this level.
CAR KEYS AND REMOTES "FREE REMOTE KEY FOB BATTERY" 01482 423414 ...View details
FOR ALL YOUR CAR KEY NEEDS CALL US NOW ON
SNAPPED KEYS, LOST KEYS, KEYS LOCKED IN VEHICLES,
WE ALSO REPAIR 90% OF ALL REMOTES AND KEYS, NO FIX NO CHARGE.
Terms: FREE REMOTE KEY FOB BATTERY ONE PER CUSTOMER
Contact: 01482 423414
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
It's a message director of rugby Chris Murphy has been preaching all season and he has not changed his tune ahead of this weekend's test against the Tigers.
He said: "I've been saying all season that with a full squad we are a match for anybody in this league, and last week's victory, which was achieved with a couple of key squad members unable to play, backs that up.
"The pack have been working hard all season but with a strong bench to call on they are looking more effective in the last quarter."
Prop Ade Longbone, who has not taken a step backwards all season, will welcome the help of high-quality impact players later in the game as the demands of front row play takes its toll.
With both Murphy brothers hitting good form and back-row players returning from injury or suspension, competition for starting places is heating up.
With Hull's pack working well, this has given talented scrum-half Danny White that extra fraction of a second to display his skills, which he certainly did last week.
The back division also clicked and if that cohesion is retained then it seems certain that, given a decent supply of the ball, they will trouble most sides whether home or away.
Newcomer Jamie Barnard had his best game for the club in the win at Stockport, but he was greatly helped by a back division that had collectively gained in confidence. Lee Radford and Matt White combined well at centre and Steve Slingsby and Jim Wigglesworth showed real pace.
To complement the efforts of all the side in recent weeks, Hull have finally found a very reliable goal kicker in Greg Lound, which has added to the side's scoring potential.
But despite all these encouraging signs Hull will need to keep their feet firmly on the ground as Sheffield will pose a real threat and have in the past had a habit of spoiling Hull's party.
Murphy added: "Our discipline and organisation will need to be of the highest quality to enable us to overcome a side that still harbour hopes of finishing in the top two this season."