Super League: Hull FC v Hull KR preview

Last Updated: 25/05/13 4:17pm

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Hull FC and Hull KR could both welcome back props for Saturday's 'away' derby at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.

Liam Watts is fit for Hull and could go up against his former employers at Magic Weekend; he has recovered from the leg injury that forced him to miss the away victory over Warrington last time out.

However, with the Black and Whites having been so impressive in overturning a 16-6 deficit in front of the Sky Sports cameras at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, coach Peter Gentle could opt to stick with the same 17.

Hull have lost just once in six Super League outings since going down 23-10 to their city rivals at the KC Stadium back on Good Friday.

Boosted

Hull KR's hopes of a repeat result are boosted by the availability of front-rower Evarn Tuimavave, who has missed the last six matches with a calf injury.

David Hodgson is also back in coach Craig Sandercock's 19-man squad - the experienced winger will have happy memories of Manchester having scored the match-winning try in the dying stages against Hull last year.

Former Airlie Bird Craig Hall, though, believes previous results will count for nothing when the two rivals go head-to-head for the second time in 2013.

"The Good Friday win was great for us but it's in the past now," the utility back told Hull KR's official website. "Every game is different and we're both start from scratch on Saturday.

"Hull have hit a bit of form and have a few players back so we know it'll be a different challenge to last time but it's one we're looking forward to."

Hull: Bowden, T. Briscoe, Crooks, Crookes, Ellis, Green, Holdsworth, Heremaia, Horne, Houghton, Johnson, Lineham, Lynch, McDonnell, O'Meley, Pitts, Watts, Whiting, Yeaman.

Hull KR: Salter, Brown, Walker, George, Tuimavave, Cox, Mika, Burns, Horne, Withers, Hall, Paea, D. Hodgson, Lovegrove, Dobson, Welham, Eden, Beaumont, J. Hodgson.

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