Derby night is the best night. Friday night lights, 20,000 plus crowd and an unbelievable place to play rugby league. Well, if you win it is.
Hull FC are favourites but who cares? They’re up against the underdogs from the East, Hull KR, but again who cares that they’re expected to lose?
Belief is key for Tony Smith’s Red and Whites.
Lee Radford mentioned the derby before the famous winning song Old Faithful in the Headingley changing rooms, such is the magnitude of this Friday’s fixture to a local man who demands winning this fixture above all others.
Hull KR will create their own bubble I feel sure, involving all the doubters, all those who say they cannot win against the physical Hull FC, and they’ll believe when they win it’ll shut a few up.
Wow, just writing about it makes me feel bullet proof, the memories of these games come flooding back. It’s a privilege and honour to play a part in the ongoing sequel that is, “The Hull Derby”
Hull KR have to somehow stop the biggest of packs from the Black and Whites to stand any chance of winning, in my opinion, yet in possession they will and must look to move the big FC pack around the field. I see no change in the Red and Whites’ plan from last Friday night to this one.
Hull KR’s attack will, of course, worry the Black and Whites. Leeds created some genuine opportunities on the FC edges. If, unlike Leeds, the Red and Whites can be accurate and clinical then they’ll certainly have the chance to post points.
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Radford’s men will go after the Hull KR middle, direct, quick, aggressively, no more than one or two passes, look for the smaller opposition players to roll over and through, like they did Brad Dwyer from Leeds on Sunday who must have been sick at the sight of big man after big man carrying directly at him.
The pressure to win is firmly on the hosts. Expectancy levels were great before round one but after the Leeds win have certainly increased.
As always we should all get excited for this the next episode in our citiy’s great derby.
I can’t wait. Will FC roll over the top of the Red and Whites, or will the Red and Whites find a way to upset the odds, to bring back down to earth everyone associated with Radford’s men?
I expect like many for the Black and Whites to win, but wouldn’t it just be normal for the Red and Whites to find a way to pop the opposition balloon and with it hold the bragging rights?