Hull want to give Ellis Old Trafford send off

Fresh from their Challenge Cup final victory over Wigan, Hull’s attention immediately turns to reaching the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford.

The fixture planners haven’t been too kind, as they are back in action on Thursday evening against the Leeds Rhinos side that they defeated in the cup semi-finals just a month ago.

As well as lifting what would be a first Super League title, there is extra motivation for the Hull squad – giving the retiring Gareth Ellis the perfect send off.

Coach Lee Radford said: “That’s the send off I really want to give him. He’s deserving of that for what he’s contributed to the game.

“He deserves to be at Manchester with the trophy above his head.”

It’s more than 10 years since Hull’s solitary Grand Final appearance, a 26-4 defeat to St Helens in 2006.

A win over the Rhinos on Thursday would put them in a very strong position to reach the top four.

They did lose some momentum with a surprise home defeat to Huddersfield on the eve of their Wembley trip, which means they currently sit four points above top four chasers St Helens and Wigan, who face off on Friday night.

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