Both teams head into this Round 13 fixture on the back of gruelling Easter period, yet have managed to register a win each over the short turnaround.
Trinity will be looking to achieve a league double against the Black and Whites, after edging Leeds Rhinos in their Easter Monday encounter, and Hull FC come into this game on the back of a 62-16 hammering by high-flying St Helens.
It is set to be a tight encounter, as both sides are currently level on 14 league points, which
adds further incentive for the win – where Trinity will be aiming high, whilst Hull FC have
the opportunity to leapfrog their opponents in the table.
After returning to winning ways last Monday and moving up to third place in the league
table, Trinity will be determined to retain third spot for a second consecutive week.
Head coach Chris Chester has been full of praise for his side in the build-up to Sunday’s
game, describing the victory over Leeds as his win as his best win at the club, and as a rugby league coach.
Trinity’s team spirit and fight was evident over the Easter period, and they will be hoping to replicate this at the weekend once more.
Chris Chester has named his 19-man squad for Sunday, which sees Lee Kershaw retain his
place after an impressive debut on home soil. Trinity are further boosted, as Tyler Randell is back in contention after missing the last eleven games, and Kyle Wood also returns from his short injury stint. Unfortunately, Joe Arundel and Matty Ashurst are set for lengthy spells on the side-line; joining other injured Trinity teammates.
The opposition – Hull FC
After thumping local rivals Hull KR 56-12 in an exhilarating Good Friday derby, it came as a shock when FC were then battered 62-16 away at table-topping St Helens just three days later.
Hull have had a rather inconsistent start to the 2019 campaign, struggling to string
consecutive wins together. Yet they currently occupy fifth in the table on points difference,
and have won 7 out of 12.
Their best wins so far this season include beating Wigan in golden point with a drop goal,
battering Huddersfield and Leeds and again a drop goal in extra time against Catalans in
Notable losses however include a thumping by Warrington Wolves, 63-13, and a tight derby loss in the season opener, 18-16 away to Hull KR.
Lee Radford has made five changes to his 19-man squad, who like Trinity, are also doing it
tough with injuries at the moment.
Senior players such as Josh Griffin, Danny Houghton, Gareth Ellis and Danny Washbrook
return to the squad, while young full-back Connor Wynne maintains a spot. The Black and
Whites are without the likes of Jamie Shaul, Andre Savelio and Matty Dawson, however.
Ones to watch include former Trinity players Danny Washbrook and Dean Hadley, as well as the 2016 Man of Steel and veteran Hull skipper Danny Houghton. Marc Sneyd is also no
stranger to Trinity fans, providing plenty of drop-goal heartbreak over recent seasons. Trinity will certainly be vigilant of his dangerous half-back pairing with Albert Kelly, whilst keeping a close eye on centre Jake Connor.
Trinity only met with Hull FC last month, and emerged victorious with a 12-32 win at the
KCOM Stadium. In 2018, Trinity also won away, 31-13, and then recorded their biggest ever
Super League win, with a stunning 72-10 summer victory over the Black and Whites – a
memorable day for Trinity.
Trinity did endure Easter Monday heartbreak last year however – agonisingly losing to a
Marc Sneyd drop-goal, 27-26 away at the KCOM, so will be watchful on Sunday, to prevent
this from reoccurring.
Match Preview by Emma Holley