Brett Hodgson repeats tactical decision and makes halfback call for Hull FC ahead of Leeds Rhinos clash

When Brett Hodgson’s Hull FC side arrived at Headingley earlier this season, they were seen as underdogs owing to the number of players they had out.

However, Hodgson named a strange looking team with the likes of Ligi Sao playing out of position. Sao that day started at second-row in a top heavy side with extra forwards and four natural props in the side and one more middle.

Today, Hodgson has done something similar starting Sao again at second-row meaning he has three props in the side and two further middles in Jordan Lane and Jordan Johnstone – by middles I mean players accustomed to playing at 13 and therefore used to the grind that comes with the middle of the field and less accustomed to playing at second-row.

He also has three props on the bench in Jack Brown, Brad Fash and Chris Satae for a big impact indicating that Hodgson wants to repeat the success he had at Headingley by pounding Leeds down the middle of the field especially as he is starting with two hookers who could also help Hull play narrow and quick.

Leeds seemingly expected this decision naming four forwards on the bench including the returning Morgan Gannon and Cameron Smith. Rohan Smith has again left Brad Dwyer out.

Hodgson has also made a call on his halfbacks opting for Jacob Hookem. It’s his first start as he replaces former Leeds skipper Luke Gale who is out with a head knock.

Denive Balmforth features on the bench – another promising youngster.

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