Round two of the Super League gets underway as the Black and Whites of Hull face Catalans Dragons. Both sides recorded hard-fought wins in round one and they’ll be looking to build on that momentum, in front of over 12,000 fans at the KCOM Stadium.
Team news and form – Hull FC
The Airlie Birds welcome back Josh Bowden from injury and the highly-rated Jake Connor steps in for the suspended Albert Kelly. Youngster Jansin Turgut continues his run within the match day squad meanwhile Marc Sneyd celebrates his new deal with FC with an expected big crowd in store.
Last time out Hull forced a spirited Wakefield side into submission in boggy weather and testing conditions. They inflicted a 12-8 defeat on Trinity as Connor proved to be the super-sub, coming off the bench to score the match-winning try. Hull will be looking for more consistency in attack but the same grit in defence to takedown the big Dragons pack.
Team news and form – Catalans Dragons
Catalans Dragons include former Hull FC favourite Sam Moa in their squad to travel to the KCOM. They will be without Fouad Yaha after he suffered a terrible ligament injury last week against Warrington Wolves; and Tony Gigot as he starts to serve his two-year ban.
Round one was a fruitful one for the Dragons as their formidability at home continued, taking down glory-bound Warrington Wolves with a tight 20-12 victory. The star of the show was Greg Bird who stood out alone as the best performer in a game that provided lots of errors. Bird managed to maintain his high standards, gaining mass praise and proving his worth on debut.
Ones to watch and where the game will be won
I feel that whichever side manages to control the game’s tempo the best will win. Saying this, Jake Connor for Hull FC and Richie Myler for Catalans are the two players that fans need to keep their eyes on the most. They will be looking for big-game performances, especially when you consider both players have started the season very well.
Hull FC: Shaul; Fonua, Tuimavave, Griffin, Talanoa; Connor, Sneyd; Taylor, Houghton, Watts; Manu, Minichiello; Ellis, Washbrook, Thompson, Green, Turgut, Michaels, Bowden.
Catalans: Broughton, Inu, Williame, Walsh, Myler, Moa, Aiton, Casty, Anderson, Horo, Bird, Bousquet, Garcia, Bosc, Baitieri, Duport, Simon, Thornley, Da Costa.
Prediction: Hull FC 24-16 Catalans Dragons