HULL KR are fast chasing the last of the play-off spots, and recent form in the league which has seen them win their last four, has shown they are a decent bet to scrape into the eight.
However, the Robins will be looking to bounce back after last weekend’s embarrassment in the Challenge Cup, when they were flattened 54-6 at St Helens.
The east Hull side have had a lot to contend with so far this season, with their superstar off-season signing of Willie Mason backfiring, as the former test back-rower left in a cloud of smoke to join French Rugby Union side Toulon.
The signing of “Big Willie” coincided with the loss of key half-back Michael Dobson to injury, which saw the red and whites plummet down the league table, after an already poor start to their 2011 campaign.
However Justin Morgan’s men will pose a big threat to the Giants up front, with a pack which still includes tough Australians Mick Vella, Ben Galea, Joel Clinton and Clint Newton, as well as homegrown front-rower Liam Watts, who last year won the Albert Goldthorpe Rookie of the Year, which led to him being picked in Steve McNamara’s elite England train-on squad in the spring.
The KR three-quarters are also a top unit, especially with former Kiwi international Jake Webster and Super League top try scorer Kris Welham in their ranks.
JUSTIN MORGAN was a man under serious pressure earlier in the season, with his side languishing at the lower end of the table.
But his stock remains high within rugby league, as the Australian has been linked with many top jobs as his contract with Hull KR draws to a close.
With teams in the Australian NRL initially attracting interest, Morgan now appears to be heading to Castleford for the 2012 season, after the Rovers board gave him permission to speak to the Tigers with a view to him becoming their coach next year.
FORMER Super League Dream Team scrum-half Michael Dobson is the man Huddersfield need to keep an eye on.
The former Canberra Raider is key to the set-up of the Hull KR team and when he was out injured earlier in the year, the Robins struggled for form.
But since his return, the Australian has made a formidable partnership with fellow Antipodean Blake Green in the halves, and he now looks to have hit form going towards the business end of the season.
Giants: Grix, Lawrence, Cudjoe, Gilmour, Hodgson, Brough, Crabtree, Robinson, Griffin, Faiumu, Raleigh, Kirmond, Patrick, Horne, McGillvary, Wood, Cording, Fairbank, Ferguson.
Hull KR: Cook, Cox, Dobson, Newton, Fisher, Fox, Galea, Green, Hodgson, Lovegrove, Latus, Murrell, Netherton, Sheriff, Vella, Wheeldon, Webster, Welham, Taylor.
Referee: Thierry Alibert.