Hull FC captain Danny Houghton is set to join a rather exclusive club this weekend, one currently only occupied by club legends Kirk Yeaman and Richard Horne. The 29 year old will become only the third player in the Super League era to make 300 appearances for the Airlie Birds.
Speaking of the achievement, Houghton explained that “It’s great for me, I’m over the moon – but it’s more about what it means to us as a group” and, as FC chase a fourth straight win away to league leaders St Helens – also coming into the match following three straight wins. “Coming through the Easter period with three victories would be pretty special. It would enable us to put a marker down and show us where we want to go and what we want to achieve,” he said and, following a shock defeat to Salford, it is fair to say that the Airlie Birds are hitting form and the victory over Hull KR on Good Friday – when down to twelve men – will no doubt have been a huge boost to the team.
That local derby – in which he scored the opening try – was Houghton’s first appearance after picking up an injury in the Black and White’s Australian league match in February and FC are set to welcome back Sika Manu following a brief absence through injury as well as Jamie Shaul and Carlos Tuimavave after missing the Easter Monday victory over Wakefield Trinity. Coach Lee Radford explained “Carlos and Jamie Shaul are all back in. They were rested as a precaution on Easter Monday because of some niggling knocks that they suffered against Rovers last Friday,” and Friday’s match is the pick of this weekend’s program.
Speaking of the match at the Totally Wicked Stadium, Houghton said “Saints are a really good side but we face them high on confidence ourselves and believe in what we do” and FC will go to Lancashire in the knowledge that this Saints team can be beaten, their captain maintaining that “we’re really confident.”