Stats Pack: Hull FC

SL.Rd7.Rhinos v Hull FC. Sun23rdMay2021.© MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY.

Tonight sees Leeds Rhinos travel to the MKM Stadium to take on Hull FC in round 16 of the Betfred Super League, kick off 7:45pm.

Before the teams run out, here are some of the key stats, figures and facts about both Richard Agar and Brett Hodgson’s sides.


Team Head to Head

Only one point separates Leeds and Hull FC in the Betfred Super League table going into tonight’s match and a win for either side is vital in terms of the their win percentage, as the Rhinos have played two more games than the black and whites.

Last time out at Emerald Headingley, Hull edged Leeds by six points, thanks to a brace from Adam Swift. That was Hull’s sixteenth win over Leeds in Super League, which is still behind the Rhinos’ 39 wins in 56 league matches against the black and whites in the summer era. At the MKM Stadium though, with the exception of last year’s match that was played at Emerald Headingley behind closed doors, recent clashes have been close, with both sides taking five wins each from their previous ten meetings.

Although Brett Hodgson’s side have played two games less than Leeds, they have scored plenty of tries in the twelve games they have competed in (54 in total) and have also created 47 of them through the hands of Jake Connor, Mark Sneyd, Josh Reynolds and more. With the boot of Sneyd, Hull also rank in the top five clubs for attacking kicks this season, sitting behind Wigan, Warrington, Catalans, Salford and Wakefield, who all have half backs capable of pinning teams back with creative kicks. That is compared to Leeds who have the fourth least attacking kicks in the league, but the Rhinos have pushed themselves up the field and scored tries through their tackle busts (most in the league), clean breaks (second in the league) and dummy half runs (second most in the league).

In defence, the work of captain Danny Houghton and young hooker Joe Cator is evident as Hodgson’s side sit in the top for tackles made. They have also been efficient, missing the fourth least tackles behind Catalans, Huddersfield and their east coast counterparts Hull KR. Leeds on the other hand have made the fourth most with 4800 but have missed 478 (third most in the league).


Hull’s Top Performers

Tries

Adam Swift

9 Tries (6th in SL)

Goals

Marc Sneyd

43 Goals (3rd in SL)

Try Assists

Jake Connor

17 Try Assists (2nd in SL)

Tackles

Danny Houghton

492 Tackles (4th in SL)

Offloads

Ligi Sao

16 Offloads (15th in SL)


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. Both half backs can surpass major milestones in their careers and Super League, with Sneyd set to surpass 250 career appearances while Gale can play in his 250th Super League match

Now in his sixth year with Hull, Sneyd continues to lead Hull’s attack. The half back not only has 43 goals (joint third most in Super League), he also has the most attacking kicks in the League (66) even though the black and whites have played two games less than the Rhinos. Behind Jake Connor, he has the second most try assists too for the club (10). Sneyd also comes into this game looking to continue a 15 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. He kicked three goals last time out at Emerald Headingley in FC’s 18-12 win.

Gale missed out on last week’s win over Salford but this week he could take 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 four 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.


Stats Standout from Round 15: Hull FC

A favourite among the Hull fans, Chris Satae has been a power prop for Brett Hodgson in 2021. So far, the former New Zealand Warrior has put in some outstanding performances, notably against Leigh and Leeds, and also earned himself a call up to Tim Sheen’s Combined Nations All Stars squad last month.

Last time out against Huddersfield, despite losing the match 40-26, Satae was back in Hull’s squad, having missed the sides clash at the end of June through injury, and back at his best. A try scorer once again, having scored against Leigh in his last appearance, Satae also made 92 metres from 10 carries, which is a significant improvement from when he faced the Giants in round one of the season when he averaged only six metres per carry. He also added four tackle busts, which was the most out of any Hull player.

He also backed up his efforts in attack by producing a good effort in defence with 31 tackles. With the exception of hooker Danny Houghton, only Andre Savelio and Brad Fash (both made 35 tackles) made more tackles than the 112kg prop, who made 31. It is only the fifth time this season that Satae has made over 30 tackles.


Stats Standout from Round 15: Leeds Rhinos

Following his return to the squad against Catalans, loose forward Cameron Smith built on a strong performance by making a great contribution against Salford at Emerald Headingley last week.

Interchanged with youngster Jarrod O’Connor, the 22-year-old was back at his best in only his sixth appearance of 2021. Having assisted two tries in Perpignan seven days earlier, Smith added two more to his tally by setting up Callum McLelland and King Vuniyayawa for their first tries for the season. Off the bench, he made the most tackle busts out of any player of the field and made the joint most tackles out of any of the Leeds substitutes (joint on 26 with James Donaldson).

Compared to this season, he also set season-high numbers in carries, metres and offloads. He smashed his previous best number of metres by ten against the Red Devils (having made 84 against the Dragons), and also made 14 carries. His two offloads also tied his performance against Castleford in round two.


Player Milestones

Luke Gale

Leeds captain Luke Gale could play his 250th Super League game tonight. The half back, who has played 23 times for Leeds since signing in 2020, also featured 100 times for Castleford, 58 times for Bradford Bulls and 68 times for Harlequins.

Marc Sneyd

Hull FC half back and play maker can make his 250th career appearance against the Rhinos tonight. Starting his career at Salford Red Devils back in 2010, he made 50 appearances before moving to Castleford for the 2014 season, helping Daryl Powell’s side reach the Challenge Cup Final. Most of his career appearances have come on the east coast as he has made 168 appearances in black and white.

Brad Fash

One club forward Brad Fash is set to make his 100th appearance for his hometown club in front of the ‘Old Faithful’. Fash came through the club’s academy and debuted in 2015 against Castleford. Since working his way into the squad, the England Knight has a been a dark horse in the black and white’s pack but is set to hit his century of appearances tonight.


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