Josh Hodgson thinks Travis Burns can shine in Hull derby on Good Friday

Last Updated: 27/03/13 2:27pm

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Travis Burns: Has been in good form since moving to Hull KR from Penrith Panthers

Travis Burns: Has been in good form since moving to Hull KR from Penrith Panthers

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Hull KR hooker Josh Hodgson believes Australian stand-off Travis Burns will have no problems dealing with the passion of his first Good Friday derby against Hull FC.

Hodgson was forced to sit out the opening three rounds of Super League in order to complete a 12-match ban carried over from his NRL career, but he has since been making up for lost time.

Rovers have won three of the four games he has played with the only defeat coming at Bradford, where Burns and half-back partner Michael Dobson were both off injured in the second half.

"Travis is a great player and a great professional. He takes a lot of the pressure off Dobbo and gives us another fantastic attacking option," Hodgson said.

"He's a born leader as well. He's been a massive boost to the side."

While Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock now has his first-choice half-backs in tandem, Hull boss Peter Gentle must continue to operate without his high-profile stand-off recruit Daniel Holdsworth, who is out indefinitely due to the effects of concussion.

Former Hull KR full-back Shannon McDonnell is also set to miss Friday's game at the KC Stadium but ex-Rovers back rower Ben Galea will go up against his old team-mates.

The 34-year-old Galea spent five seasons at Craven Park before moving across the city and has promised not to celebrate if he scores a try against his old team-mates.

Galea said: "I've still got a huge respect for Rovers. If I do score a try or something, I'll be humble about it. I won't be celebrating or jumping around or anything like that.

"But don't get me wrong, I want to win. I play for Hull FC now and it's a very important two points for us."

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