Super League: Hull FC v Wigan Warriors preview
Last Updated: 08/05/14 12:53pm
Hull and Wigan will both be hoping to put disappointing round 11 defeats behind them when they clash at the KC Stadium on Friday night.
The Black and Whites looked to be on course for victory when they led 16-0 against Wakefield last Sunday, only for the Wildcats to roar back with 23 unanswered points.
A sixth reverse so far this season means Lee Radford's side sit in the play-off places only on points difference and they will not want to head into the second Hull derby of the season at Magic Weekend off the back of successive defeats.
Joe Westerman looked set to miss the clash with the Warriors after hurting his wrist following a collision with a stadium wall.
However fears that the former Castleford man had suffered a break have since been alleviated after he was sent for a scan, and the 24-year-old has been included in the home side's 19-man squad.
There is no place, though, for ex-Warrior Chris Tuson. The forward picked up a hamstring problem against the Wildcats and will miss the chance to face his old employers.
Dean Hadley drops out of the squad along with Jordan Rankin, with the latter's absence meaning Richard Horne will return to play alongside Jacob Miller in the halves.
Liam Watts and Liam Colbon, another former Wiganer in the Hull ranks, could also feature while Richard Whiting may be recalled after being 18th man against Wakefield.
Wigan, meanwhile, will have to line up with a stand-in at full-back as they look to bounce back from their 28-12 loss to Leeds Rhinos, a result that ended an eight-match winning run in all competitions.
First choice Matty Bowen is ruled out due to a knee injury, while head coach Shaun Wane is also unable to call upon crocked youngsters Ryan Hampshire and Lewis Tierney, who was hurt whilst playing for Workington.
Dan Sarginson or Anthony Gelling are likely to be asked to fill the void, while Wane also needs to find a replacement for Liam Farrell in the pack after the second rower picked up an ankle problem at Headingley.
Sean O'Loughlin is again absent with the groin injury that kept him out of the clash with the Rhinos, the club skipper joining Eddy Pettybourne, Ben Flower, Iain Thornley, Josh Charnley and Greg Burke in a busy treatment room at the DW Stadium.
Connor Farrell, brother of Liam, is included in the visitors' 19-man party along with fellow academy products Ryan Sutton and Dom Manfredi.
While the Warriors may be somewhat depleted they can at least take comfort in their record away at the KC - they have not suffered a league defeat there since February 2009. Last season they recorded a 28-20 triumph that included former full-back Sam Tomkins bagging a brace of tries.
Hull: Bowden, Carvell, Crookes, Crooks, Colbon, Ellis, Heremaia, Horne, Houghton, Miller, Paea, Paleaaesina, Shaul, Talanoa, Thompson, Watts, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman.
Wigan: Bateman, Burgess, Clubb, Crosby, Dudson, C. Farrell, Gelling, Goulding, Green, Hughes, James, Manfredi, McIlorum, S. Powell, Sarginson, Smith, Sutton, Taylor, Williams.
First Utility Super League
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 2014, round 12
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Salford Red Devils coach Iestyn Harris saw signs of improvement from his side in their 16-16 draw with Hull KR.
Salford Red Devils earned a 16-16 draw against Hull KR to halt their four-match losing run.
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