Horne and Hull aiming to extend record runs

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It is a big weekend for the game in one of its strongholds, with one of the city of Hull's clubs attempting to build on its recent record-breaking and the other defending a trophy.

Hull have won a Super League record 12 games in succession, with their scrum-half, Richard Horne, scoring in 10consecutive matches - also a new high-water mark for the competition.

If he scores against Warrington today, he will draw level with one of the club's most iconic figures, Jack Harrison VC, who scored in 11 consecutive matches in 1914.

The club's new coach, Peter Sharp, under whom they have yet to lose, has been urging them to maintain their high standards. "The players have got to get used to the fact that, if they want to be a top side, they have to play with that intensity, week in week out," he said.

Warrington have Paul Wood back after suspension. Chris Bridge and Andy Bracek will have late fitness tests with Logan Swann standing by.

Tomorrow, Hull Kingston Rovers face Leigh at Bloomfield Road in the final of the Northern Rail Cup. Rovers won the Cup last year, but have taken their form to new heights this year, during which they remain unbeaten in all competitions, including National League One and the Challenge Cup, in which they have reached the semi-finals.

"We are proud of our 100 per cent record and want to keep that going, but we know Leigh are one of our main rivals, in the league as well as in the Cup," said Rovers' highly regarded coach, Justin Morgan.

He expects to have two of his most experienced forwards, Michael Smith and Francis Stephenson, available to play in Blackpool, but there is a doubt about his scrum-half and play-maker, James Webster, with a hamstring injury. "If anyone can recover in seven days, it's him," said Morgan. "We will give him right up to Saturday, because he is such a key part of our team."

Leigh's form this season has been more mixed, but they have Ricky Bibey back from suspension as they try to lift their game for the big occasion.

In today's Super League matches, Leeds have Matt Diskin back in action against Castleford, but Jamie Thackray, signed from Hull this week, must wait for his first-team debut.

Wakefield cannot use James Evans at Huddersfield, despite taking him on loan from the Giants for the rest of the season.

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