Tony Smith, the esteemed head coach of Hull FC, has meticulously assembled his squad for the highly anticipated derby clash against Hull KR, aiming to seize victory with strategic changes. Four alterations have been made to the team, as the influential duo of Tex Hoy and Scott Taylor make their much-awaited returns from injury. Additionally, the versatile Will Gardiner and the dynamic Brad Dwyer have been included, further strengthening the team’s composition.
Regrettably, the in-form back-rower Andre Savelio will be absent from the lineup due to a dead leg, depriving Hull FC of his impactful presence. Moreover, Liam Sutcliffe, after failing a late fitness test, will also be unable to take the field. This cautious approach to Sutcliffe’s injury aligns with the team’s season-long policy of prioritizing player welfare, as they hope to secure his recovery in time for the subsequent match against Castleford.
Tex Hoy, triumphantly returning from a hamstring issue, will assume the crucial role of full-back, displacing Jamie Shaul to the position of 18th man. The resilient Adam Swift, having overcome a recent back scare, will grace the wing alongside the talented Darnell McIntosh. The formidable partnership of Cam Scott and Carlos Tuimavave retains its place in the center positions. In the halves, the skillful Jake Trueman joins forces with Jake Clifford, while the experienced Danny Houghton assumes the pivotal hooker role, ensuring the team’s spine remains intact.
The front row presents the formidable combination of Ligi Sao and Scott Taylor, providing the team with a solid foundation. The tenacious Jordan Lane and the tenacious Brad Fash occupy the back row positions, fortifying the team’s defensive line. Meanwhile, the industrious Joe Cator starts as the loose-forward, ready to contribute his relentless energy to the team’s performance.
The bench showcases the inclusion of Chris Satae, Jack Brown, Will Gardiner, and the returning Brad Dwyer, who was absent from the previous two matches. Their presence on the sidelines affords Tony Smith valuable options, granting him the flexibility to make strategic changes during the game, ensuring a formidable challenge for the opposition.
Hull FC’s Starting XIII for the derby clash against Hull KR stands as follows: 1. Tex Hoy; 5. Darnell McIntosh, 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 17. Cam Scott, 2. Adam Swift; 6. Jake Trueman, 7. Jake Clifford; 8. Ligi Sao, 9. Danny Houghton, 30. Scott Taylor; 13. Brad Fash, 12. Jordan Lane; 15. Joe Cator.
Interchange: 10. Chris Satae, 20. Jack Brown, 27. Will Gardiner, 33. Brad Dwyer. 18th man: 29. Jamie Shaul