Hull FC set attacking test at Salford Red Devils as youth look to impress again

Hull FC's Jordan Lane, Lewis Martin & Logan Moy celebrate victory over Leeds.
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Hull FC head over the Pennines to take on Salford Red Devils this Sunday afternoon. Here, our reporters preview the clash.

Matthew Shaw - Rugby League Live Editor
What we can say with some confidence now is that Hull FC look like a team that will compete every week. Their last five games have all ended with the distance between the teams being eight points or less, which in itself is an improvement. The Black and Whites are giving themselves a chance to win games. They take on a Salford side that has had an outstanding season and most recently defeated St Helens. This is a very, very good team; nobody should be doubting that by now. That said, they haven't been at their best against the teams lower in the competition. They lost to Castleford earlier this year and weren't great in either outing against London Broncos. So there is potentially some challenge there for them to overcome.

They'll be without Tim Lafai and Nene Macdonald too, which takes away plenty of strike from that Salford team. But at the same time, Hull FC are low on bodies, and this is still a very good Salford side who should have too much for the Black and Whites on this occasion. Prediction: Salford by 10

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Dan Tomlinson - Hull Daily Mail
Hull FC should have backed up their victory over Leeds Rhinos with another two points against Warrington Wolves. They had the chance to win three games, and there's no mistaking that failure to complete the comeback would have stung. Wire, who constantly gave up possession, were there for the taking, and Hull, who have been gradually improving over the last few weeks, should have taken advantage.

And while it's the defensive effort and desperation that have been the most notable change in this Hull side, it's their attack now that really needs to click. They have to take their chances against an in-form Salford Red Devils team. They can't leave points out on the field and expect to win. Those chances will come, and it's execution that is key.

Sure, Hull have been dealt some injury blows over the last two weeks, with Cam Scott, Jack Ashworth, and now Jed Cartwright out, but that presents opportunities elsewhere. Will Gardiner produced his best-ever display at Super League level last time out, while Zach Jebson and Will Kirby could come into the team this week and join fellow young talents Logan Moy, Lewis Martin, Denive Balmforth, etc.

Salford, who have two blows in Nene Macdonald and Tim Lafai both out, are clear favourites to get the job done, but so long as Hull believe in themselves, then they have a chance. They need to show that desperation in every set, get numbers into everything they do, and be clinical. Do that, and they'll at least be competitive. Prediction: Salford by 8

Last Five Meetings
2023: Salford 29 Hull 22
2023; Hull 14 Salford 60
2022: Salford 28 Hull 18
2022: Hull 48 Salford 16
2021: Salford 42 Hull 14

Bookies Say
Salford are 1/4 favourites with competition sponsor Betfred to beat Hull FC. The Black and Whites are priced at 16/5 with the draw coming in at 18/1. *Odds correct as of Saturday 6 July, 11:30 am

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