Super League preview: Hull FC v Widnes Vikings
By Sam Drury. Last Updated: 02/08/13 7:37pm
Jamie Shaul: Will hope to add to his five tries in two senior appearances for Hull this term
Hull FC host Widnes on Friday at the KC Stadium looking for a win to boost their play-off chances.
Having stunned Warrington to reach the Challenge Cup final last weekend, Peter Gentle's men will be looking to go some way to cementing their position in the top eight.
Hull currently occupy the final play-off place and a win will take them within a point of St Helens in seventh and, more importantly, open up a three-point gap to Wakefield in ninth.
For the Vikings, the play-offs are no more than a long shot but they will still be hoping to pick up the two points in East Yorkshire to draw level with Bradford on 18 points.
The home side make just one change to the squad that saw off Warrington on Sunday with Jamie Shaul replacing the injured Shannon McDonnell. The youngster has scored five tries in his two senior appearances his season.
The Vikings bring in Patrick Ah Van and Gareth Hock for the clash with Danny Craven and Alex Gerrard dropping out of the 19.
Head coach Denis Betts admits that things don't look fantastic for his side but believes that they are in a good position to kick on in the final few games of the season.
"Overall, it doesn't look fantastic and we're not competing in semis and finals at the moment, but we're climbing the table and making percentage gains in every area of the field that we need to," he said.
"That is what is going to continue through these last 5 games. This is a really important part of the year for us. We've talked about how we finish and the perception moving forward again for the whole squad."
Hull FC squad: Arundel, Briscoe, Crookes, Ellis, Green, Heremaia, Holdsworth, Houghton, Lineham, Lynch, Miller, O'Meley, Pitts, Shaul, Tickle, Watts, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman
Widnes Vikings squad: Ah Van, Allen, Brown, Cahill, Clarke, Gore, Hanbury, Hock, Isa, Joseph, Kavanagh, Lawton, Leuluai, Marsh, Mellor, O'Carroll, Owens, Phelps, Winterstein
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 RhinosvsSt 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 Helens0 - 0Huddersfield 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 23
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