Pack power key to Hull FC victory over Huddersfield
PETER Gentle says pack power is the key to Hull FC's chances of a play-off victory against Huddersfield Giants tomorrow.
The Hull coach has told his players they must win the forward battle – and stop Danny Brough running the show for the Giants as a result.
Former Hull player Brough has been a thorn in the Black and Whites' side on many occasions in recent years.
He was a key figure when the Giants knocked Hull out of the Challenge Cup at the KC earlier this season, and for that reason, Gentle says his men must do all they can to put their opponents' pack on the back-foot first,
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"We are pretty evenly matched and there are a lot of similarities between the sides," Gentle said.
"They have a very aggressive forward pack and that is where it all starts and finishes. If you stop their pack then you stop Danny Brough coming into the game. We need to match their middle before we worry about anything else.
"Huddersfield are a very good side, but we have an idea of what we want to do."
The Giants possess one of the biggest packs in Super League, but Gentle is confident his own side have the power and desire to match them.
The possible addition of returning prop Sam Moa from a bicep injury will offer Hull more punch through the middle, and Gentle is expecting little to choose between the sides.
"It is about who is more meticulous in the game, who sticks to their game plan and has the better completion rate," he said.
"Desire will play a part, but performance will dictate it."
Hull head into the game buoyed by a week of positive news which started with Gentle extending his stay at the KC by a further year and ended with Danny Houghton committing his future until 2017.
The additions of Ben Galea and Daniel Holdsworth took Hull's confirmed recruitment for 2013 to four players following the capture of Gareth Ellis and Joe Arundel.
Hull's pursuit of Castleford half-back Rangi Chase remains a contentious issue however, with mixed reports coming out of the two clubs with regard to where the deal is at.
Hull have hinted at walking away from the deal this week, as problems persist over securing a visa.
Meanwhile, Castleford are now thought to be in advanced talks with an NRL club, with a return to Australia looking likely for Chase,
As a result, Hull have spoken to several clubs and players in search of a back-up.