Hull FC boss Brett Hodgson says he is confident his team can still overcome Leeds Rhinos without halfback Josh Reynolds, when the two teams meet at Headingley in the Betfred Super League on Thursday (Leeds 2/7, Draw 20/1, Hull FC – Match Winner).
The Black and Whites (25/1 to win the Grand Final) were beaten by Castleford Tigers last week, but they are still sixth in the Super League table after winning two of their first four matches.
A lot of their good play has come through Reynolds, but the former Wests Tigers halfback will miss Thursday’s trip across Yorkshire due to a fractured elbow.
Reynolds’ absence means Hodgson will have to field a makeshift half-back pairing, but he says nobody is panicking ahead of kick-off.
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He told Hull Live: “Obviously Danny Houghton has played there in the past, Jordan Johnstone has played there, Joe Lovodua has played at half growing up in his career over in his Australia, and Jake Connor can jump into six with Shaul at full-back. We’ve got a number of options.
“Everything is a consideration after the weekend. We’ve made our choice, but there are definite options we can take.”
Hodgson has up to 10 players unavailable this week, while Leeds boss Richard Agar has handed Harry Newman the captaincy, with Kruise Leeming suspended.
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