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OPPOSITION CORNER: Airlie Birds are packing heat
8:00am Saturday 1st March 2014 in Wolves news
WE should all know what to expect when Hull FC roll into town.
An intimidating pack led by a huge front row, giving time and space to some shrewd playmakers in Richard Horne, Danny Houghton and Jordan Rankin.
Sunday could represent a welcome return to The Halliwell Jones for Garreth Carvell, providing the hulking prop is fit after suffering an ankle injury against Saints.
His absence would be a blow for a Hull side reliant on their ability to physically dominate opposition.
Wolves’ forwards were much better against Leeds and it will be key they are able to get the upper hand against the Black and whites, too.
Carvell, Mickey Paea and Gareth Ellis provide the grunt for Hull FC to physically dominate teams, while Joe Westerman showed early on against Saints that he can do damage with a little space to run into.
Their offload game, with Aaron Heremaia in support, also has the potential to cause problems.
Wolves lost this corresponding fixture last season after allowing Hull to get in front and then kick them to death thanks to the boots of the now NRL-based Daniel Holdsworth and Houghton.
New scrum half Rankin fits that mould as well, as he showed against Saints that he can be a potent player with both boot and hand when given space to do so.
The two teams’ respective kicking games will be key to this clash, with this likely to provide another stiff test for Wolves stand off Gareth O’Brien after his 80-minute stint against Leeds last week.
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