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Combined Hull FC/Hull KR XIII ahead of derby

Hull FC and Hull KR combined team

Hull FC and Hull KR will do battle once more this weekend as the two clubs go head to head at the MKM Stadium.

It will be the third time the two sides have met this season, with Rovers running out comfortable winners on the opening day of the campaign and on Good Friday.

Given Willie Peters‘ side are competing at the top end of the Super League, while Hull have won just two games all year, it’s fair to say the Red and Whites are the favourites for this one by some distance. But as the old adage goes, the form book goes out the window on derby day.

Ahead of the meeting between the two East Yorkshire clubs, we take a look at a combined XIII using just those who could be involved on Saturday.

Full-back: Niall Evalds – Hull KR

Hull KR's Niall Evalds being interviewed after a Super League victory over Hull FC. Being Player of the Match, he has a medal on. England

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Logan Moy has been a breath of fresh air since breaking through into the Hull first-team, but Evalds is the obvious choice here given his experience, nous and form in KR colours.

Wing: Joe Burgess – Hull KR

Again an obvious choice to get the nod, with Burgess scoring nine tries for the Robins. Tom Briscoe appears to be Hull’s best option on the right and he’s got over the line twice since his move from Leigh.

Centre: Peta Hiku – Hull KR

Carlos Tuimavave has performed well since returning from injury in recent weeks but Peta Hiku’s form at centre ensures he gets the nod in this combined XIII.

Centre: Liam Sutcliffe – Hull FC

One of the few FC players that make it into this line-up. Sutcliffe has been a consistent performer this season, despite the club’s struggles.

Wing: Ryan Hall – Hull KR

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Lewis Martin deserves plenty of praise for his performances on Hull’s left wing this season, bagging five tries and really underlining his potential. However, Hall is still hitting high standards at the age of 36 and in 16 appearances he has made 300 carries and 94 tackle busts.

Stand-off: Tyrone May – Hull KR

This is another obvious one. May has developed a strong partnership with Mikey Lewis since arriving at Craven Park and that makes the other half-back selection easy, too.

Scrum-half: Mikey Lewis – Hull KR

Hull KR star Mikey Lewis looking forward to facing Hull FC

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The England international continues to excel in the spine. Hull’s half-back pairing for the derby is unknown at this point after seeing Ben Reynolds make the move to Featherstone Rovers earlier this week.

Prop: Sauaso Sue – Hull KR

The Samoan has been a key man this season and has arguably been one of Rovers’ stand out forwards this season.

Hooker: Jez Litten – Hull KR

Whether Danny Houghton is fit enough to be involved or not, it’s his former apprentice Litten that must be considered the best hooker in Hull these days.

Prop: Herman Ese’ese – Hull FC

Hull FC Ese'ese

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The only off-season overseas recruit who is still at the club. Ese’ese seems to have enjoyed his time in west Hull so far and more than looks the part.

Second-row: Ligi Sao – Hull FC

Hull FC star Ligi Sao

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He’s been moved about in Hull’s pack this season, playing a number of roles, but he hasn’t allowed his performance levels to drop at all. He picked up a rib injury at Salford last time out but if he plays, he’ll be a key man for the Black and Whites.

Second-row: Kelepi Tanginoa – Hull KR

Hull have struggled for options in the back-row of late with academy product Will Kirby being thrown in for a debut last time out. However, Tanginoa has been part of an impressive Rovers pack this season, with Dean Hadley among those performing well, too.

Loose-forward: Jai Whitbread – Hull KR

Back in the Rovers line-up last week, he’s been a key man for Peters this season and he could even rotate the position with Elliot Minchella on Saturday. As mentioned, Hull have struggled in the back-row this season.

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