Paul Cooke: Hull FC must win four out of five in March
MARCH will be a big month of rugby for Hull FC in terms of really kick-starting their Super League season. Coach Peter Gentle must be targeting at least four wins from the five games they have coming up.
The only coin toss on recent form comes against league-leaders Huddersfield Giants away from home, which is sandwiched between two games either side against four teams currently below Hull in the table.
Apart from the Giants, the teams FC will face in the coming weeks are by no means at the level of performance the Black and Whites are showing.
March is a month when this Hull FC team assembled by Gentle must show their top-four credentials.
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They have to be beating the teams who in past seasons they have struggled to overcome.
Following on from this weekend's trip to Widnes, Hull have a home game against the Castleford Tigers, and I can only see a win in this one. Then the trip to Huddersfield comes up, who right now are the team to beat.
Like I say, I think it's a coin toss as to which team will win this one, in a game which will be fiercely contested.
Afterwards is a trip to the London Broncos, who are yet to win a game and look in all sorts of trouble with abject performances.
Lastly, Hull face a derby on home soil against a team which look defensively like a pub team at present.
In any derby I'd expect it to be 50-50, but on present form you can only see a Hull FC victory, and by a considerable margin.
The experienced, quality players brought to the club have been done so to ensure they don't fall at hurdles like those coming up over the next month.
Ben Galea, Daniel Holdsworth and Shannon McDonnell, along with a rejuvenated Richard Horne, have a huge role to play in helping along the youngsters and getting the points they need.
A solid March could well be the month when Hull FC announce their intentions as a squad of players to the Super League.
Firstly, they need quality performances, then the results they desire will fall into place.