It’s derby week and that can only mean one thing: the rivalry between two sides gets stoked ahead of a crunch clash.
One of those derbies this weekend will be Hull FC and Hull KR, with Scott Taylor – who has played in both red and white and black and white as well as in a Wigan shirt against St Helens – hailing it as the greatest derby in rugby league.
“I think the hatred is even more so than Wigan and Saints,” Taylor said.
“Playing in a Hull derby there’s only one winner in my eyes.
“I am a big Hull FC fan and it means everything to me.”
The prop forward has noticed that those on the east side of Hull have been a bit more vociferous than normal considering their recent good form.
“You’re always hearing noise from that side of that city – they’ve got a bit more ammo now and they’re finally able to give a bit back now.
“It’s good for the city, I was absolutely gutted when KR went down a few years ago and we want derbies to happen.
“We want Hull FC and Hull KR at the top battling – to see both teams doing really well all that is going to do is get kids on the street playing rugby league and we need that to happen.”
Taylor knows that Rovers are a dangerous side and that FC need to be at the top of their game to come out with the two points.
“They are playing well, we all know it’s the cliche but form goes out the window.
“We’ve gone into derbies the past few years being ahead of them in the table, playing unbelievable and it’s been tight as anything.
“We’re happy with where we are at with a few bodies back and can’t wait for a good old fashioned derby in front of a big crowd.
“Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Ryan Hall are playing well, Jez Litten and Matt Parcell generate some quick rucks.
“They play a good brand of rugby, you can see in videos that they defend well at times as well.
“They are a team in form, we need to start fast and strong.”