Hull must watch out for Locke and Co in decider
Locke is expected to overcome a groin injury
Friday 11 July 2014
Hull coach Lee Radford has put his team on red alert over Salford’s trio of new signings who are all set to make their home debuts against his side at the AJ Bell Stadium tonight.
The main attraction will be New Zealand Test full-back Kevin Locke, who is expected to overcome a groin injury to make his first appearance in Greater Manchester since the Kiwis’ World Cup final defeat by Australia at Old Trafford in November.
The Red Devils’ support cast includes Mason Caton-Brown, the club’s exciting recruit from London Broncos, and the much-travelled Josh Griffin, as Iestyn Harris’ men seek to keep alive their slender First Utility Super League play-off hopes.
Locke and Caton-Brown both made try-scoring and eye-catching debuts in Salford’s shock 36-10 win at Huddersfield last Saturday and have been earmarked by Radford as the chief danger.
“They have both slotted in there nicely and will be a real threat in their back field,” he said. “Their arrival, as well as that of Josh Griffin, has really given them a lift and they look to have bonded as a team. They are difficult to defend against and we are going to have to be at our best because they have quality players.”
Locke accepted the offer of a lucrative contract from Salford owner Marwan Koukash after losing his place at New Zealand Warriors to England full-back Sam Tomkins, and coach Harris believes fans are in a for treat.
“Not many players in world rugby have got the ability to be at top speed and be in control of what they’re doing with the ball, and he showed that in his first day at training and he showed it in the game last week,” Harris said.
Salford are two points behind the Hull, who dropped to 11th place after Wakefield’s win over Widnes on Thursday, and today’s game is being seen as a play-off eliminator.
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