Warrington v Hull FC: Clinical edge required if Hull are to improve

Hull FC's Gareth Ellis.
Hull FC's Gareth Ellis.
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HULL FC coach Lee Radford has told his side they will undoubtedly be given opportunities to strike by free-flowing Warrington Wolves – but they must be clinical.

The Black and Whites head over to Cheshire to face a side who have found some ominous form of late.

Warrington are the only side to defeat leaders Leeds Rhinos this term – having done so both home and away – and they showed their fighting spirit last weekend by battling back to beat Widnes Vikings with just 12 seconds remaining.

“They ask a lot of questions of you defensively, with the width that they play with,” admitted Radford, whose side lost 7-6 to them earlier in the season.

Tony (Smith) always tries to promote playing football, and if there’s an offload opportunity there, they’re going to take it.

“Likewise, they probably give you a lot of opportunities too. It’s a really big day for us to defend really well and be energetic, but it’s also a day for taking our chances too.

“I think they will give us a chance to attack and put air on the ball.”

Hull have won four of their last five games but remain outside of the play-offs and have struggled for dynamism in attack.

The loss of injured England loose forward Joe Westerman has not helped their chance of alleviating that.

He hoped to come back last week but was a late withdrawal ahead of the narrow win over Salford Red Devils.

Radford is still without the former Castleford Tigers man tomorrow but, crucially, captain Gareth Ellis does return after missing seven games with a rib injury and prop Chris Green is fit again, too.

“It’s no secret we’ve struggled slightly (in attack) with Joe (Westerman) not being in the side,” he said, Warrington losing Man of Steel Daryl Clark to a knee injury.

“A lot of the shifts and structures are based around Joe and he tends to be the link between our middle to our edge.

“Up until last week Joe was to be selected for the game, so we didn’t get the chance to tweak anything.

“We saw some signs against Salford on our shift plays and hopefully we can build on that.

“Gaz has participated fully in a few training sessions this week, as has Chris Green, so they’ll be massive for us.

“We’re just hoping Gaz takes off from where he left off before his injury because whenever he turns out for us, he’s been on the front foot.”