Hull-Catalans Preview


Hull FC coach Peter Sharp is urging his players to sign off in style on Sunday as The Black and Whites take on Catalan Dragons (kick-off 3.15pm) in their final home game of the regular season.

Sharp said: "We are planning to play some attacking Rugby after a tough bout against Salford, but we are well aware that Catalans are a side with plenty of good players. They have one of the strongest packs in the competition so we won't be taking them lightly."

The Australian coach has again praised the support of Hull faithful who have ensured attendances are up on last season.

Sharp added: "I've been truly taken aback by the Hull FC supporters who turn up week in-week out to support their club. I'm told around 150,000 people have clocked through the turnstiles in Super League XI, that's a great result.

Lee Radford, who has been selected in Paul Cullen's England squad, said: "Every game in the league means something from now until the end of the season, our aim is second and a win on Sunday will go along way towards that."

Meanwhile Danny Washbrook has topped the OPTA stats for loose forwards during Rounds 23 to 25.

The Hull born player was captain of last season's Senior Academy side which won the Grand Final and following another highly successful year with the club he has earned a regular starting jersey under the stewardship of Peter Sharp.

The ratings are put together courtesy of OPTA index and their detailed statistical analysis awarded Washbrook 1834 points.

Washbrook said: "I used to switch between stand-off and loose-forward, but through chatting to coaching staff during pre-season we decided I should have a go at 13 and try and establish myself there, which meant me not just creating things but also running the ball a lot more myself, which is something I really enjoy doing.

"Pete has coached me to be his loose-forward and I would like to think that I have repaid him. Since he came and brought me in I have had stints in the second-row and the centres but I've played about 90% of my stuff at loose-forward."

Hull FC 20 man squad for Sunday's home tie with Catalans Dragons:
Shaun Briscoe
Garreth Carvell
Paul Cooke
Matty Dale
Sid Domic
Ewan Dowes
Craig Hall
Graeme Horne
Richard Horne
Paul King
Tommy Lee
Shane McMenemy
Lee Radford
Gareth Raynor
Richard Swain
Motu Tony
Danny Washbrook
Scott Wheeldon
Richard Whiting
Kirk Yeaman

Hull FC vs Catalan Dragons, Sunday, September 10th

Call the Hull FC ticket hotline now on 0870 837 0004. Tickets are still available for all stands priced as follows:

Adults £18-£21

Seniors £12-£15

Juniors £8