BOSS Lee Radford, above, admits he doesn’t know why Hull have such a terrible record against Leeds Rhinos.
Leeds are on a 10-game winning run against Hull at Headingley and have won the last seven meetings between the sides in all competitions.
Hull’s last victory over Rhinos was in September, 2014 and Leeds beat them home and away last year, when they finished ninth in the regular Super League table and Hull were top.
Radford’s men have lost their last two games and are desperate to get back on track tonight to maintain a place in the top-four and build form and confidence for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final against Leeds in 15 days’ time.
“If I knew why it was we struggle against Leeds I’d change it straight away,” Radford said.
“We’ve worked before previous fixtures with them on trying to prevent the tempo they get with the ball and allowing them to generate that ruck speed they thrive on, but we’ve still not managed it.
“They’re certainly not my favourite team.”
Rhinos won 52-24 when the teams met at KCOM Stadium on Good Friday and Radford added: “Our track record against them is shocking.
“It is a tough game for us and if we play anything like we have in the last three weeks we will struggle.
“I watched Leeds play at Salford on Sunday and they were at a different level to their opponents.
“We really need our X-factor big-name players to turn it on for us on Friday.”
Hull will drop out of the top-four if they lose tonight and Wakefield Trinity beat Widnes Vikings.
Radford stressed: “We need to start winning some games and more importantly, we need to start performing.
“We haven’t been doing that well lately.”