Hull FC sweating on Pritchard suspension

Hull FC are waiting to discover whether Frank Pritchard will serve a suspension after being put on report during Samoa’s game with Tonga.

The popular forward hit the headlines for an ugly high tackle on former Catalans winger Michael Oldfield during Samoa’s 18-6 victory over Sika Manu’s Tonga.

Lee Radford will find out later today whether Pritchard will be punished for the incident. A suspension would be a cruel blow to the Airlie Birds, who were commended for allowing their stars to miss the Challenge Cup victory over St Helens following Wayne Bennett’s decision to ban Anthony Milford from representing Samoa.

Following a fantastic victory in the Challenge Cup, Radford was sweating on the availability of the big forward for this Friday night’s game with Wigan. “He’s been put on report, so you do the right thing about letting him go and he goes and does that – but hopefully they’ll sympathise with us and let him off a ban,” said Radford.

Challenge Cup sponsors Ladbrokes make Hull the third favourites to win the Cup at 9/2, with Wigan and Warrington the joint favourites at 5/2 and Widnes and Wakefield the outsiders at 33/1. Catalans and Huddersfield are both priced at 6/1.