Hull derbies are like ‘mini-Origin’ fixtures, says Mark Minichiello ahead of Magic clash

Hull FC forward Mark Minichiello has described the experience of the Hull derby with cross-city rivals Hull KR as something not too dissimilar to State of Origin as the two sides prepare to lock horns again this weekend. FC and KR close out this year’s Magic Weekend on Sunday, when the Black and Whites will hope to continue their assault…

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Lee Radford likens cup win to ‘Bransholme v Orchard Park’ as Hull win fiery Fev tie

Hull FC coach Lee Radford quipped that he had memories of amateur rugby back in Hull watching their Challenge Cup victory at Featherstone descend into anarchy. The Black and Whites’ quest for a third straight Challenge Cup success saw them move into Sunday’s quarter-final draw following a 38-20 win at Championship side Featherstone. However, the game was marred by seven…

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Gigot snatches late victory for Catalans

Hull FC suffered an agonising 25-24 defeat to Catalans Dragons today in Perpignan, with a late Tony Gigot field-goal deciding the issue and Catalans’ new signing Josh Drinkwater forming a promising partnership with Gigot on his debut. And there was more bad news for Hull, with Albert Kelly and Jordan Abdull, who was a late addition to the squad following…

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KCOM Craven Park set for record crowd for first Hull derby of 2018

Hull Kingston Rovers have revealed they are increasingly confident of welcoming a record crowd to KCOM Craven Park on Friday for the return of the Hull derby. Rovers and FC lock horns competitively for the first time since 2016 on Friday lunchtime in East Hull, and the Robins have confirmed that ticket sales for that game have now gone through…

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SQUAD WATCH: All the team news for Friday’s Super League games

Leeds v Castleford (7:45pm, Elland Road – Sky Sports) Leeds are unchanged for Friday’s Grand Final rematch with Castleford at Elland Road. The Tigers, meanwhile, make one change to their squad – but it is a significant one, as prop Jesse Sene-Lefao has undergone MCL surgery which will rule him out for a number of weeks. Jy Hitchcox takes his…

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Watts admits he has to start playing smarter following disciplinary record issues

Castleford Tigers forward Liam Watts admits he has to ‘play a bit smarter’ to both tighten up his disciplinary record and give himself a chance of international honours after a meeting with England team manager Jamie Peacock. Watts, who signed for the Tigers earlier this week, will sit out the upcoming two games as he serves the remainder of a…

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Watts’ Hull departure ‘wasn’t for playing purposes’, reveals Lee Radford

Hull FC coach Lee Radford has confirmed that Liam Watts’ departure from the club was not due to playing reasons – revealing that it was due to disciplinary reasons why they ultimately sanctioned his move to Castleford. Watts has signed a three-year deal with his hometown club after being granted permission to leave Hull, where he played an integral part…

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