Airlie Birds’ misfortune and ill-discipline could lead to a very tight Magic derby

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Last night’s 38-20 victory over Featherstone Rovers in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup definitely came at a cost for Hull FC.

The winners of the competition in each of the last two years, the Airlie Birds finished the hard-fought clash with just nine men on the field after Danny Washbrook (72), Jake Connor (76) and Jamie Shaul (78) were all sin-binned while winger Bureta Faraimo was sent off seconds before the final hooter. Throw in the fact that Josh Bowden, Carlos Tuimavave and Fetuli Talanoa all left proceedings through injury and it’s fair to say that Thursday’s night’s match turned into something Lee Radford wouldn’t have wished on his worst enemy.

Faraimo is likely to receive a suspension – as may centre Josh Griffin for an unpunished punch to Gareth Hock – which would see him miss next weekend’s Magic Weekend derby against Hull KR along with Bowden who seems almost certain to miss out with the knee ligament he suffered just eight minutes into the match. Tuimavave and Talanoa both suffered ankle injuries and will unquestionably be doubtful ahead of the second competitive derby in 2018. That will only add to an already extensive injury list at the KCOM with Marc Sneyd, Albert Kelly, Scott Taylor, Mickey Paea, Brad Fash, Jordan Abdull and Jack Logan all currently missing with various ailments. At the moment, it isn’t known who – if any – will be back for Magic Weekend but there have been suggestions that Kelly may return.

Post-match, Radford admitted that youngsters may have to be called up, players he confirmed would be “bouncing” ahead of the intense clash next Sunday. Young centre Cameron Scott has already been called back from a loan spell at Dewsbury and is set to be involved in Newcastle.


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