Hull FC coach Lee Radford spoke to the media this morning during his pre-match press conference for tomorrow night’s clash at Huddersfield Giants.
Several topics were discussed and having already touched on Mark Minichiello’s important re-signing at the club, Radford delved into his thoughts on Sika Manu’s three-match suspension, Jamie Shaul’s injury, Chris Green’s recovery and Hakim Miloudi’s ‘big’ chance.
Radford’s thoughts on Manu’s ban
“I wish it would have been penalised. If it’s penalised on gameday the punishment is a bit less.
“We found that out with Bureta Faraimo a few weeks ago when he cleaned out Salford’s Mark Flanagan. I was expecting a lengthy suspension for that but it didn’t come. But when I saw Sika’s I knew it was a bad one.
“The match review watch every game on a Monday and usually look out for anyone coming up holding their limbs. When players do that 90% of the time something has gone on in the tackle.”
Manu void and the forward’s ongoing recovery
“Jack Downs has been solid every time he has come in for us and we’d expect nothing different.
“Sika is going to have another three weeks to get his body physically right. We probably rushed him back a little bit too quickly due to the amount of troops we had missing for the Widnes game.”
Green back from an elbow infection
“Chris Green has been pretty consistent for us and we expect a big one from all our middles tomorrow night. A couple of our younger blokes have got to respond. Hopefully Chris can find his best form as well.”
Shaul foot injury
“We got Jamie’s foot jabbed up in training last week and it responded really well. We obviously did the same for gameday but it didn’t respond half as well and unfortunately had to carry him as a passenger.”
Miloudi to deputise for Shaul
“Hakim will be playing full-back tomorrow so it’s a big fixture for him. I think he has got better and been great for us.
“He played at Catalans and had a fantastic game at full-back. Due to injuries he has been playing on the wing and has been returning the ball really well and sound under the high ball. It’s a big day for him tomorrow.”