Super League preview: Hull FC v Huddersfield Giants
Last Updated: 07/07/13 2:23pm
Hull FC have made two changes to their squad ahead of Sunday's Super League clash with high-flying Huddersfield Giants at the KC Stadium.
Coach Peter Gentle is without the in-form Ben Crooks for the visit of the Giants, who are just one point behind table-toppers Wigan Warriors.
The centre, who has seven tries from the last two outings, rolled his ankle during the defeat to Wakefield Wildcats on Monday but is not expected to face a lengthy spell out.
"We are hoping it is just one week but we will have to wait and see how it develop over the next few days," Gentle explained.
The Black and Whites are also awaiting results of scans carried out on Daniel Holdsworth's calf meaning forwards Chris Green and Jay Pitts get the nod to replace the injured duo.
Similarly, Giants head coach Paul Anderson makes two changes to his 19-man squad ahead of the trip east.
Kyle Wood could appear in a Huddersfield once again following his re-signing from Wakefield Wildcats on a three-and-a-half-year contract earlier in the week.
Young prop Josh Johnson, 19, is also included in the 19-man travelling party as Craig Kopczak and Anthony Mullally both miss out.
With Castleford producing a shock victory against league leaders Wigan last weekend, Giants back row Brett Ferres is hoping his side can continue their climb to the summit.
"We need to do a job on Hull to keep the pressure on at Wigan, last week Castleford did us a favour but we need to put ourselves in a good position to keep pushing towards that top spot and it's an achievable goal and something we want to do," he said.
The Giants have won three of the previous five meetings between the pair and come up against a Hull side who have lost three straight.
Hull FC: Arundel, Briscoe, Ellis, Galea, Green, Heremaia, Houghton, Johnson, Lineham, Lynch, Miller, McDonnell, O'Meley, Pitts, Tickle, Watts, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman.
Giants: Grix, George, Cudjoe, Wardle, McGillvary, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Ferres, Faiumu, Lawrence, Patrick, Ta'ai, Murphy, Cording, Ferguson, Johnson, Wood.
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 Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes 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 21
Tom Makinson's hat-trick helped St Helens prick Castleford's bubble and quell talk of a crisis at Langtree Park.
Castleford Tigers have made two changes to their squad ahead of Sunday's Super League clash with St Helens.
Hull KR's Graeme Horne says his side will be out for revenge when they meet Salford on Sunday.