Radford likens Catalans clash to a quarter-final cup tie

Hull FC coach Lee Radford believes that tonight’s game with Catalans is not too dissimilar to a quarter-final as they aim to secure a top-four finish tonight.

The Black and Whites will confirm a play-off semi-final berth if they beat the Dragons in front of the TV cameras tonight, also doing so nine days before their Wembley showdown with Warrington Wolves.

And Radford insists that it would be huge for the club to get a place in the four sorted out so early into the Super 8s, and says even with Wembley on the horizon, he refused to leave too many big names out to get the job done this evening.

“It would be massive for us to book a play-off spot before Wembley and that’s the approach we’ve taken this week,” Radford told the Hull Daily Mail.

“It’s almost a quarter-final. You get in that top four and you are one game away from the Grand Final. So to get two points tonight is huge. Because we are fighting on all fronts for the League Leaders, Grand Final and the Challenge Cup, I didn’t want to rest too many.

“If we win tonight we are 80 minutes away from a Grand Final. If you put it like that this is like a quarter-final. And I don’t think you can afford to rest too many in that situation. If you rest too many it sends out the message that you are not taking the game as seriously as you should be.”