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Hull KR v Hull FC
The Hull Derby returns to the Magic Weekend as Hull Kingston Rovers take on Hull FC in the final game of the final day from Newcastle and the great news for all Rugby fans is that the game, and all of the action from the 2018 Magic Weekend, can be watched live online via our Super League live streaming partners.
The Hull Derby is always one of the highlights of the Magic Weekend and it was certainly missed last year when the Robins were in the Championship, but this season there is so much more than local pride on the line as the Black and Whites look to keep their place in the top 4, whilst the Red and Whites look to keep alive their hopes of moving out of the bottom 4.
Hull FC start the round in that all important 4th place but they are level on points with Cas but the Tigers have 2 game sin hand. They are just 1 point ahead of the Rhinos who also have a game in hand so the Airlie Birds simply must win this game and get a consistent run going.
The Robins start the round second bottom of the Super League and level on points with the Dragons in last. Most importantly they are 4 points behind Salford, who start in 4th and with this been the last game of the weekend, they will know the exact situation they go into the game with.
If they can win and Salford lose, they are in with a great chance of scraping into the top 8 whilst if they lose and Salford win, they will be all but destined for another trip into the Qualifiers.
With so much riding on the game and with a big crowd expected along with all of the local pride and bragging rights that go along with the Hull Derby, this game is always a must watch for any Rugby fan, with this game all set to be one of the best of the weekend.
The Robins have won just 1 of their last 5 league matches and they have lost each of their last 3. They also exited the cup at home to Wigan last weekend.
Hull Fc have won 3 of their last 4 matches in the league and they won in the cup last weekend.
Hull KR welcome back both Ben Kavanagh and Chris Clarkson in the back row, with Kieren Moss and Aaron Smith joining them in the squad. Robbie Mulhern, Matty Marsh, Will Dagger and Owen Harrison make way, with Danny McGuire out with a blood clot.
Hull FC’s injury hit squad has been helped out by Kirk Yeaman coming out of retirement. The Black and Whites have also signed Liam Harris, a former Robins youngster, from Doncaster and he is joined in the squad by youngster Cameron Scott.
This is a tricky game t predict as if Hull FC were at full strength you would have to back them no matter what squad Hull KR put out but with the Airlie Birds missing so many players and so many key players, it really does pen the door to the Red and White side of Hull.
Unfortunately, they are also without a number of key players, for one reasons or another, and with their lack of depth, it could be argued that the smaller number of missing players for Hull KR is a bigger problem for them.
In a game where both teams are without key creative players, it will likely come down to which set of forwards can get in control and that is where Hull FC have the edge and we are going to back them for a narrow, especially as they have in Jake Connor, the best in form flair player of the 2 sides.
Score Prediction Hull FC by 8