Super League match preview: Hull FC v Warrington
Last Updated: 23/02/13 7:32pm
Hull FC will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run to three against last year's losing Grand Finalists Warrington Wolves at the KC Stadium.
The Black and Whites have responded well to losing their opening game at Leeds while Warrington came out on top of a bruising encounter with the previously unbeaten Catalan Dragons last week.
Hull FC head coach Peter Gentle has named scrum-half Brett Seymour and centre Joe Arundel as part of his 19-man squad, although both are expected to miss out again with Arundel due to play for York City Knights against Halifax on Sunday.
Gentle has already confirmed winger Tom Lineham will be given a first run out of the season, having impressed on a dual-registration deal with York that has seen him score four tries in two games for the Championship club.
The club are aiming to protect an unbeaten home run which extends back to April last year while the club's big off-season signing Gareth Ellis remains sidelined after suffering a stress fracture in his foot in the warm-up against Leeds.
Warrington have named their squad, with Adrian Morley (bicep), Ben Harrison (hernia) and Lee Briers (neck) all missing through injury, while Ben Westwood serves a one-match suspension.
Westwood was sin-binned in last Friday's success over the Dragons and was subsequently charged by the RFL, who have now handed out a one-match ban to the experienced forward.
Hull FC: Arundel, Briscoe, Crooks, Galea, Green, Heremaia, Holdsworth, Horne, Houghton, Johnson, Lineham, Lynch, McDonnell, O'Meley, Pitts, Seymour, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman.
Wolves Atkins, Carvell, Cooper, Currie, Evans, Grix, Higham, Hill, Hodgson, Laithwaite, McCarthy, Monaghan, Monaghan, Myler, Ratchford, Riley, Saltonstall, Waterhouse, Wood.
What they said...
Hull FC assistant head coach Andy Hay
"This week will be another good test for us," Hay told the Hull Daily Mail.
"Last week at St Helens was a good test, but they are still finding their feet at the minute, like we are. Warrington are a bit in front of everyone else and it will be great to get them down here and see where we are this week.
"The boys and the coaching staff are excited. We want to have a close look at Warrington and see how our attack goes against them and how well we defend against them."
Warrington Wolves head coach Tony Smith
"It will be a tough game no doubt. Last year was unique; I think we got off a plane five days before our first round against Hull and we had a real tough game over there," he told the club's official website.
"We are in a different shape this year as are they. They've recruited some new players and will have gained some confidence from their last couple of outings.
"We are starting to build some of ours as well. While there are still some aspects of our game that we need to continue to improve on we feel we are improving in some areas as well."
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants32 - 14Hull K R
Hull FC31 - 24Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils18 - 14Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers34 - 20Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St HelensvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2013, round four
The World Club Challenge took centre stage over the weekend with champions Leeds taking on Melbourne.
Salford City Reds finally managed their first win of the season, with a thrilling comeback against Hull KR.
A Gareth O'Brien drop goal rescued a point for Castleford as they drew 17-17 with Catalan Dragons.