Brett Hodgson explains why he has left Luke Gale out of his Hull FC side to play St Helens

There was a shock tonight when Hull FC’s team was announced for their clash against St Helens.

That’s because halfback Luke Gale was absent despite coming back from a two-match ban with Josh Reynolds and Joe Lovodua preferred in the halves.

And, now head coach Brett Hodgson has explained his decision, saying: “We had a couple of tough choices this week, but we want to reward performances.

“And the performance we had with Joe Lovodua and Josh Reynolds in the halves against Catalans deserved it.

“It was a tough conversation for Luke, but he will play a big part in what we do this season.

“He took it brilliantly, they were disappointed but he understood the reasoning and I was honest about that.”

St Helens

1 Jack Welsby
2 Tommy Makinson
23 Konrad Hurrell
11 Sione Mata’utia
4 Mark Percival
22 Ben Davies
6 Jonny Lomax
8 Alex Walmsley
9 James Roby
10 Matty Lees
16 Curtis Sironen
12 James Batchelor
13 Morgan Knowles
Substitutes
14 Joey Lussick
15 LMS
17 Agnatius Paasi
20 James Bell

Hull FC

1 Jake Connor
29 Jamie Shaul
23 Connor Wynne
3 Carlos Tuimavave
5 Darnell McIntosh
6 Josh Reynolds
14 Joe Lovodua
8 Ligi Sao
9 Danny Houghton
30 Scott Taylor
13 Jordan Lane
12 Manu Ma’u
17 Brad Fash
Substitutes
4 Josh Griffin
10 Chris Satae
20 Jack Brown
21 Jordan Johnstone

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