HULL FC boss Lee Radford believes bottom-placed Leeds Rhinos are “dangerous” when it comes to tonight’s game.
They may be at opposite ends of the table with Hull being Super League leaders and Leeds already consigned to the Qualifiers after Sunday’s loss to Widnes. However, that makes the visitors all the more threatening, according to the Airlie Birds chief.
“I think it does make them that bit more dangerous,” said Radford. With Leeds anyway, offensively, you don’t know what’s coming …
“They transfer a ball from one side of the field to the other in three passes and when you think play’s going away from you it comes back to you. So, they’re very unorthodox with how they play with the ball.
“They are very high-energy and support fantastically well.
“Add to that the fact they’ve not got a great deal to play for and, I think, it’s going to multiply that style.”
Hull are looking to bounce back, though, after losing for the first time in 11 games when falling at Huddersfield Giants last week.
They recall ex-Great Britain centre Kirk Yeaman and prop Liam Watts after they were rested for that fixture.
They also hope to have captain Gareth Ellis, the ex-Leeds and England second-row, back in their ranks but he left training ill yesterday. Radford said: “He’s under the weather a little bit so we’re going to see how he pulls up.
“We’ll give him as we long as can and, if he’s not right, we’ve got a decent size fixture next week (Hull KR on Thursday).”