Hull FC v Hull KR – Clive Sullivan Trophy 2016 preview

Published: Friday 22nd January 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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Hull FC head coach Lee Radford expects Hull KR to bounce back from last weekend’s comprehensive defeat against Huddersfield in this Sunday’s Clive Sullivan Trophy encounter.

The city rivals lock horns at the KC Stadium to contest the Clive Sullivan Trophy – which has become an annual tradition since its first staging in 2014 – with contrasting pre-season fortunes to date.

The Black and Whites cruised to a 46-12 triumph against Kingston Press Championship side Doncaster last Sunday, but Rovers go into Sunday’s contest with a point to prove after slumping to a 38-6 defeat to Huddersfield last weekend.

But Radford, who has named all six of his new signings in his squad for Sunday’s showdown, is wary of a potential Rovers backlash – but admits a tough encounter is just what his players need ahead of their Super League opener against Salford on February 5.

“Looking at the scoreline (against Huddersfield) they’ll be stinging from that,” he told KC Sport.

“Nobody wants to get it handed to them on a plate in a pre-season friendly like they did, so one thing it guarantees for us is that they’ll be coming aimed up and that’s a good thing for our preparation for the upcoming campaign.”

Hull FC beat the Rovers 20-12 to win the inaugural Clive Sullivan Trophy encounter in 2014, but the Robins exacted revenge last year when a 28-22 victory saw them get their hands on the trophy.

Rovers head coach Chris Chester expects a reaction from his players after last weekend’s defeat to the Giants and, with their Super League opener against Castleford on February 7 looming large on the horizon, he hopes for a much improved performance against their city rivals.

“We’re looking forward to it, they’re (games against Hull FC) special occasions,” Chester, who vowed to name his strongest possible line-up, said.

“It’s more about a reaction from my guys this week. We weren’t where we needed to be at the weekend and (it was) a big reality check for all the people involved, staff included. But we’ll continue to work hard and try to improve.”

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Can’t wait for the match? Then whet your appetite for Sunday’s encounter by watching KC Sport’s preview clips which, aside from the head coaches, also feature a whole host of players.

Watch the coaches’ interview clip here and the players’ interview footage here.

Tickets for Sunday’s match, which promises much more eventful than the average pre-season friendly, are still available.

A limited number of tickets will be available to buy on match-day so supporters are advised to buy online or at the Hull FC club store on Savile Street.

Hull FC fans can buy their online tickets here, while Hull KR supporters can buy their online tickets here.

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Published: Friday 22nd January 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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