Tony Smith has one or two decisions to make before finalising his team for Hull KR’s clash with rivals Hull FC on Friday night.
The Rovers head coach made only one change to his 21-man squad, with back-rower Dean Hadley coming in for young half-back Mikey Lewis.
That meant no place for hooker Matt Parcell, who is available after suspension but not yet fit enough to return from a shoulder injury.
Here, KR reporter James O’Brien has a go at predicting the team Smith will select for the derby.
Smith must first weigh up whether Hadley and Jordan Abdull are fit enough to feature.
Hadley is in contention to make a remarkable comeback but Rovers could be without Abdull after he injured his shoulder last week.
Both players were named in Smith’s squad so at this stage can be considered ready to play.
That leaves Smith with a tricky decision, with the Australian reluctant to tinker with a winning team. He said on Monday that “there won’t be too many changes, if any”.
It is rare for Smith to name an unchanged starting line-up but that could be the case at the KCOM Stadium.
George Lawler earned praise for his performance at prop while Harvey Livett and Matty Storton were standout performers in the back row.
Hadley is therefore likely to start on the bench, which means somebody must make way.
Robbie Mulhern and Mitch Garbutt are inked in, leaving Smith with a decision between Elliot Minchella and Will Maher.
While Maher’s size would be welcome against a big Hull outfit, he only played 25 minutes either side of half-time in the win over Wakefield Trinity and Minchella offered more as a replacement hooker.
Minchella and Hadley are both versatile and can cover the same positions but out of the three options they are the two best equipped to carry out Smith’s game plan.
It would certainly give Smith more scope to mix things up should Rovers find themselves chasing the game.
Hull KR: Adam Quinlan, Greg Minikin, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Kane Linnett, Ben Crooks, Jamie Ellis, Ryan Brierley, George Lawler, Jez Litten, Dan Murray, Harvey Livett, Matty Storton, Jordan Abdull.
Bench: Robbie Mulhern, Mitch Garbutt, Dean Hadley, Elliot Minchella.