Stats Pack: Hull FC
Fans finally return to Emerald Headingley on Sunday night as Leeds Rhinos take on Hull FC, kick off 7:30pm. You can watch the game live and on Sky Sports Arena or if you are a season or flexi member via the OurLeague app.
Before the teams run out, here are some of the key stats, figures and facts about both Richard Agar and Chris Chester’s sides.
Team Head to Head
Leeds and Hull FC come into tonight’s game with the Rhinos holding a dominant record over the black and whites, winning 39 out of 55 Super League games compared to Hull’s 15 wins.
Leeds have lost their last two games against Hull FC on home soil in Super League. Hull won 26-24 in 2019 and 30-6 last year, bring to an end a twelve match losing streak against the Rhinos at Emerald Headingley that dated back to the 2008 season.
So far this season the Rhinos have scored 16 tries, hooker Brad Dwyer leading the way with three tries. Although compared the the black and whites, the Rhinos are behind on metres made, their average metres per carry is the fourth highest average in the league (7.66m). Leeds’ discipline with the ball has also been good as Richard Agar’s side have made the least amount of errors in Super League, compared with Hull who have the second most errors.
Having lost their last two League games against Wigan and Catalans, Hull have fallen from one of the best team statistically in the League down to midtable. They rank ninth in tries scored, seventh in metres and sixth in carries as well as tenth in clean breaks and have the second most errors behind their east coast counterparts Hull KR. Marc Sneyd’s kicking game and Danny Houghton’s tackling prowess has led Brett Hodgson’s side though as Hull rank second in both of those categories; Houghton making 54 tackles in the recent game against Catalans.
Key Head to Head
One of the main battles in Sunday’s game will be in the halves and Luke Gale and Marc Sneyd will be at the centre of it.
Gale made a welcome return for the Rhinos last week against Wakefield and kicked the drop goal that could have secured victory for Leeds had Mason Lino not taken the game to extra time with his own drop goal. This week, he takes on the club he made his Rhinos debut against in 2020 and will be hoping to put in a big performance. Statistically, although he has played three games less than Sneyd, the Leeds captain’s kicking game has been a major asset in the games he has played this season, as he leads the Rhinos in attacking kicks so far in 2021.
Now in his sixth year with Hull, Sneyd continues to lead Hull’s attack. The half back not only has 21 goals (third most in Super League), he also has the third most attacking kicks in the League (29). Behind Jake Connor, he has the second most try assists too for the club (4). Sneyd also comes into this game looking to continue a 14 match winning streak against the Rhinos, having scored points in every game over the last six years, starting with Hull’s 36-22 win over Leeds in the 2015 Super 8s.
One to Watch: Leeds Rhinos
Loose Forward Zane Tetevano is set to make his return to the side after his four match ban and will be ready to go at the big Hull FC pack. In the two games he’s played against Wakefield and Castleford, the New Zealand international has torn into his opponents, making a total of 216 metres (most of which came against Castleford, where he made 120 total metres), and he has also been strong in defence, making over 30 tackles against both Trinity and the Tigers.
One to Watch: Hull FC
After taking the number one jersey off of Jamie Shaul, Jake Connor has continued his rise at Hull FC in 2021 after being voted on the shortlist for April’s player of the month. Connor, who signed from Huddersfield Giants in 2016, has been an ever present player this year for Brett Hodgson’s side and has not just been a try scorer but also a try assister, with four assists in his last three Super League games. He has the second most offloads in the Hull side, behind Carlos Tuimavave, and also made 543 metres from 86 carries (fourth most carries for Hull). He does lead the league though in errors, making 14 so far.
Rhinos hooker Kruise Leeming is set to make his 150th career appearance. Having made 21 appearances in blue and amber over the last two seasons, Leeming previously made 122 for his hometown club Huddersfield Giants as well as four on dual registration with Oldham in 2016 and two caps for England Knights.
Josh Griffin can reach 100 career tries should he score tonight. The centre has scored most of his tries while at Salford (34) and has 33 so far in Hull colours. He also has tries for Batley Bulldogs (11), Castleford Tigers (14) and Wakefield Trinity (7).
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