Super League preview: Hull Kingston Rovers v Hull FC
Last Updated: 11/08/13 1:55pm
Both coaches have revealed their hand ahead of Super League's Hull derby, which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports HD 1 this Sunday.
The Robins welcome their local rivals to New Craven Park following back-to-back defeats which have seen the slip to seventh in the Super League standings.
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You can watch the eagerly anticipated Hull derby unfold live on Sky Sports 1 from 2pm on Sunday.
Rovers coach Craig Sandercock has made just two changes to the squad which were unlucky to suffer a 21-16 defeat at the hands of Wigan Warriors last time out.
Prop Mickey Paea misses out, with back row George Griffin included for what is expected to be a fiercely contested match.
Outside back Omari Caro is back in Sandercock's 19-man selection while Lincoln Withers will not feature in the Round 24 clash.
After registering their biggest win of the season last weekend by demolishing Widnes 72-10 at the KC Stadium, Hull FC are just two points below their arch rivals in eighth.
Peter Gentle's side scored 12 tries on their way to victory as well as nine goals from Danny Tickle and the forward expects more of the same from his teammates.
"I think that performance against Widnes had been coming," Tickle told the club's official website.
"We stuck to the game plan, ground the first 20 minutes out when we knew Widnes were going to come at us and our defence was good again."
There is only one change to the side which prevailed in such empathic style, with prop Andy Lynch missing out on the travelling party as 25-year-old Paul Johnson makes a return.
Hull's victory over the Vikings was a timely one, ending a run of six consecutive Super League defeats for Gentle's team.
Rovers enter the crunch encounter with three wins in the pair's five previous meetings, but it was Sunday's visitors who prevailed in the return fixture back in May.
Hull KR: Salter, Netherton, Walker, Gleeson, Tuimavave, Cox, Mika, Burns, Carlile, Beaumont, Hall, Griffin, D. Hodgson, Lovegrove, Dobson, Caro, Eden, Hepi, J. Hodgson.
Hull FC: Arundel, T. Briscoe, Crookes, Ellis, Green, Heremaia, Houghton, Holdsworth, Johnson, Lineham, Miller, O'Meley, Pitts, Shaul, Tickle, Watts, Whiting, Westerman, Yeaman.
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 24
Daryl Powell praised Castleford for their second-half efforts after they secured a dramatic 42-38 victory at Widnes.
Hull FC coach Peter Gentle praised his players after they came from behind to defeat local rivals Hull KR 38-20.
Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous singled out Elliott Whitehead after the 23-22 win over Bradford.
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