Radford not resting players as Hull hunt “history”

Hull FC coach Lee Radford has insisted that he will not be resting anyone ahead of next weekend’s Challenge Cup semi-final: as he and his players eye up history this evening.

The Black and Whites have never finished top after a regular season in the modern era, but know that victory at Salford tonight would all-but guarantee first place heading into the Super 8s.

And Radford insisted that nobody has asked to be left out ahead of next week’s showdown with Wigan at Doncaster with a place at Wembley at stake. Instead, he has targeted what he described as a “bit of history” this weekend.

“The fact that all the players wanted to play this weekend made my decision really easy,” said Radford.

“We’ve never finished top of the tree after the domestic season, so if we could achieve that on Friday it’d be fantastic for the club, make a bit of history.

“It all starts again after this weekend. Assessing where you are and what needs improving and what tweaks need to be made and what we need to carry on with.

“I’m sure we’ll go through all that after the result on Friday. It’d be great to be top of the tree after 23 rounds. We set our goal at the beginning of the year to be in the top four and that puts us in a really good spot.”