Key Hull men back to face strugglers
HULL director of rugby Chris Murphy is in a privileged position as he welcomes back a number of key players from injury.
Whilst his 11th-placed side have one eye on the weather and the Ferens Ground clash getting the go ahead, Murphy is contemplating which side should take on relegation-strugglers Westoe.
Having missed out on last week's fixture due to the adverse weather conditions, Hull should be able to call upon fit-again second-rower Phil Murphy, hooker Will Kay and club captain James Cameron.
With Murphy himself also nearing a return the talent available to the selectors is considerable as they bid to embark on a mini run which will propel them into the top half of the National Two North table.
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"Westoe must not be taken lightly as they have a tremendous club spirit and will as ever pose a real physical challenge," said Murphy, who saw his side win 25-19 in the corresponding away fixture back in October.
"They will be well aware that they need to start winning matches quickly if they are to avoid the drop, and they are capable of springing a surprise if our commitment or concentration wavers."
If Hull's players can find that extra bit of defensive steel, their attacking abilities should give them every chance of securing a much-needed victory against their 14th-placed rivals.
Two weeks ago, Steve Slingsby showed his versatility as he moved seamlessly from wing to full-back and newcomer Jack Hewitt, who can play wing or centre, showed how to finish when bagging two well-taken tries.
More of the same this week will not go amiss and with props Kris Fulman and Adrian Longbone giving solid displays in all phases recently, Hull have a good squad of forwards to choose from.
James Wigglesworth is still injured and a further week or two away from fitness, but the return of back row Anthony Maka has added steel to the side.
However, Murphy knows exactly where his men need to be sharp to come away with the four points.
He added: "A key area is likely to at the line-out, if we can secure all our own ball and nick a couple of their own then that could provide a platform of first phase possession which could be enough to take the spoils."
CLUB officials are confident the game will go ahead despite a pitch inspection.