Challenge Cup Preview: Hull FC v Leeds

Hull FC head into this game hoping for revenge for last week’s Super League defeat at Headingley.

As was as sore pride, another consequence of that defeat is the loss of Marc Sneyd, suspended for two games following an incident involving Danny McGuire.

Tom Lineham and Kirk Yeaman return to Lee Radford‘s squad.

McGuire is included in the Leeds squad, which also features Adam Cuthbertson and Liam Sutcliffe. All three were injury doubts earlier in the week,

Hull FC (19-man squad): Abdull, Bowden, Ellis, Houghton, Lineham, Michaels, Minichiello, Paea, Paleaaesina, Pryce, Rankin, Sa, Shaul, Talanoa, Thompson, Watts, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman.

Leeds Rhinos (19-man squad): Hardaker, Handley, Watkins, Moon, Hall, Sutcliffe, McGuire, Leuluai, Aiton, Singleton, Keinhorst, S Ward, Ablett, Sinfield, Walters, Cuthbertson, Peacock, Burrow, Delaney.

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Friday’s game will be the seventh (and fourth in the quarter-finals) Challenge Cup meeting between the sides since 2000 – Hull’s only win in that period came in the 2005 Final at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

The last three Cup fixtures between the sides have all been preceded by a Super League clash at Headingley the previous weekend, with the Rhinos winning all three of those league meetings (46-30 in 2010, 20-0 in 2011 and 32-20 last Sunday).

Leeds’ Kevin Sinfield has scored in 23 consecutive games against Hull FC, a streak which began in the Rhinos’ 23-16 defeat at the KC Stadium on 4 August, 2006.

2015 meetings:

Leeds 32, Hull FC 20 (SLR19, 21/6/15)
Hull FC 12, Leeds 43 (SLR4, 5/3/15)

Previous Challenge Cup meetings:

2011 (Quarter-Final) Hull FC 22 Leeds 38
2010 (Round 4) Hull FC 24 Leeds 48
2005 (Final) Hull FC 25 Leeds 24 (at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)
2003 (Quarter-Final) Leeds 41 Hull FC 18
2001 (Quarter-Final) Hull FC 18 Leeds 20
2000 (Semi-Final) Hull FC 22 Leeds 28 (at McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield)
1981 (Round 1) Hull FC 14 Leeds 5
1979 (Round 1) Hull FC 17 Leeds 6
1972 (Round 2) Hull FC 5 Leeds 16
1966 (Round 2) Leeds 22 Hull FC 12
1956 (Round 1) Hull FC 4 Leeds 9
1942 (Quarter-Final, First Leg) Leeds 22 Hull FC 8
1942 (Quarter-Final, Second Leg) Hull FC 12 Leeds 7
1936 (Quarter-Final) Hull FC 4 Leeds 5
1933 (Quarter-Final) Leeds 12 Hull FC 0
1932 (Round 1) Hull FC 2 Leeds 5
1923 (FINAL) Hull FC 3 Leeds 28 (at Belle Vue, Wakefield)
1910 (FINAL) Hull FC 7 Leeds 7 (at Fartown, Huddersfield)
1910 (FINAL, Replay) Hull FC 12 Leeds 26 (at Fartown, Huddersfield)

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