Tickle targets return to winning ways
Hull FC will be hoping to repeat last year’s notable away win over Warrington Wolves to kick start their faltering Stobart Super League campaign tomorrow.
The Black and Whites have lost ground on the pacesetters after going three matches without a victory and England forward Danny Tickle knows they must act quickly to stop the rot.
“We’ve got to get back into that winning mentality that we had at the start of the year and do the little things right that we’ve been lacking these last couple of weeks,” Tickle said.
Hull won 24-10 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in 2011 and held last year’s league leaders to a 20-20 draw in the opening game of this season at the KC Stadium, not that Wolves coach Tony Smith is reading much into either result.
“A lot of water has gone under the bridge since the last time we played each other,” he said.
“Both are very good teams and are high up in the top eight. It will be a very competitive game and a tough game.”
Huddersfield Giants are another team aiming to get their season back on track after experiencing a familiar mid-season slump.
The Giants have slipped from top to fifth place after losing their last five matches, although in that time they managed a 50-14 Challenge Cup win over London Broncos, who are the visitors to the Galpharm Stadium tomorrow.
“We are confident that as a group we can get going again,” Huddersfield coach Nathan Brown said.
“We just need to do the things that make us at the Giants a good team and the results will take care of themselves.”
The Broncos ended their own five-match losing run with a last-gasp victory over Widnes Vikings in their last match a fortnight ago to lift themselves off the foot of the table and coach Rob Powell says his players are out to avenge their cup mauling.
“There is some added bite because of the result from the Challenge Cup game,” he said.
“We are looking to show that we are a better team than that and we need to build on the win against Widnes.”
Having climbed back into the top eight with a 44-40 win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Monday night, Leeds Rhinos have the chance to make more progress up the table when they entertain lowly Castleford Tigers.
The Rhinos won 36-14 at the Tigers earlier this year but coach Brian McDermott is anticipating another tricky hurdle.
“I think they will be very similar to Wakefield in their approach,” he said. “They have had a fortnight to prepare for this game and will be well rested.
“Obviously a lot of the focus around their game goes on Rangi Chase but I think that makes Danny Orr and Ryan McGoldrick even more dangerous players.
“Rangi is obviously a big player for them but if you only look at him that gives time and space for others to go forward.”
Bradford Bulls will once more aim to put their financial troubles to one side when they take on Wakefield at Odsal.
The Bulls are in imminent danger of going into administration as they tackle mounting bills and an acute shortage of cash but coach Mick Potter is more concerned with combating tricky opponents.
“We’ve done our homework on them,” he said. “They come up with some good plays. I think they are a really dangerous team for us.
“I think Leeds were fortunate with some of their tries and Wakefield were unlucky not to come up with the win at Headingley.”