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Airlie News: Hull FC v Hull KR Preview

Hull FC faces Hull KR at Craven Park on Sunday (12:30pm).
Airlie News: Hull FC v Hull KR Preview
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Hull FC faces Hull KR at Craven Park on Sunday (12:30pm).

Coach Peter Sharp takes a look at the game along with new signing Mathew Head.

After a week off, Peter Sharp is confident his side will be fresh and raring to go as they kick star a vitally important month for last seasons Grand Finalists.

"The week off has done us good, especially Matty," said Sharp. "We have trained well all week and Mathew has had an extra week to settle in.

"He's settled in well and I am confident he will bring plenty to the table for us.

"I'm sure he'll bring what we're looking for, which is organisation and a nice kicking game."

Sharp admitted Sunday's game and the month of July was vitally important, adding: "This is a big month for us and we can really turn our season around.

"It is a chance for us to establish ourselves in the top six and become real play-off contenders.

"Our form might suggest the opposite but I am quietly confident we can come through."

Beating neighbours Hull KR at Craven Park in the 201st derby is a key part of Hull's revival, and Sharp revealed: "A win at Craven Park will provide us with the kick start we're looking for.

"I am sure they are looking at this game the same way but I'm not concerned about them just us.

"We desperately need to win this game. I won't say it is a must win one because the season is far from over and I can see a lot more twists and turns before the end.

"You can't write anyone off at the moment and no play-off place is guaranteed but we need to start being more consistent than we have been so that we can achieve our goals."

New signing Mathew Head is looking forward to playing in his first derby.

"I have only been here just over a week yet I reckon I'm fully aware of the importance of Sunday's derby," he said.

"I have played in a few derby games back home but this sounds as though it is going to be something extra special."

Having now had over a week to train with his new team mates Head admitted: "I feel better for the extra training sessions we've been able to put in since I arrived.

"It was disappointing not to have played at the weekend but it has given me a few extra days to settle in and get to know everyone. That's been handy."

HULL FC SQUAD: Garreth Carvell, Ewan Dowes, Wayne Godwin, Craig Hall, Mathew Head, Graeme Horne, Richard Horne, Paul King, Thomas Lee, Willie Manu, Hutch Maiava, Lee Radford, Gareth Raynor, Matt Sing, Motu Tony, Danny Tickle, Danny Washbrook, Scott Wheeldon, Kirk Yeaman.

Shaun Briscoe is two games short of his 100th for Hull FC

Richard Swain is six games away from his century

Kirk Yeaman is nine games away from his 150th and needs eight points for 300

Gareth Raynor will complete 150 appearances for Hull on Sunday

Richard Horne needs nine more points for 400

Richard Swain, back, he is on scheduled to be available for Harlequins next Friday.

Shaun Briscoe, broken jaw, started training, six to eight weeks.

Shayne McMenemy, shoulder reconstruction, rest of season.

Shayne McMenemy (July 9)

Richard Horne (July 16)

1997: August 31 - Hull FC 20, Hull KR 12
1997: June 8 - Hull FC 32, Hull KR 25
1993: December 26 - Hull FC 6, Hull KR 14
1993: January 20 - Hull FC 0, Hull KR 8
1992: April 17 - Hull FC 12, Hull KR 8
1991: January 1 - Hull FC 8, Hull KR 20

REFEREE: Ben Thaler


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