Hull depth tested ahead of Dragons clash

GROGGY: ​Bureta Faraimo was part of an extensive casualty ward following Hull's loss to Wigan in Wollongong on Saturday. Picture: Adam McLean
GROGGY: ​Bureta Faraimo was part of an extensive casualty ward following Hull's loss to Wigan in Wollongong on Saturday. Picture: Adam McLean

HULL coach Lee Radford admits he has no idea what side he’ll put on the park for his side’s match against St George Illawarra this weekend after a horror night on the injury front against Wigan on Saturday.

Wigan came away with a 24-10 win and an historic two competition points at WIN Stadium after Hull were left without a fit man on the bench in the second half.

The tough night started in just their second set of the match with winger Bureta Faraimo heavily concussed on kick return.

Skipper Danny Houghton suffered a torn calf 11 minutes before halftime while Mark Minichello also left the field with ankle injury.

He returned in the second half but, with no competition points on the line, looks at long odds to line-up against the Dragons

Prop Liam Watts was also forced off with a hamstring strain in the second half while Jake Connor carried a PCL injury through the match.

It means Radford will need to delve deep into his 26-man touring squad with his side’s clash with Castleford just seven days, and long-haul flight, later also a consideration.

“Some young blokes are probably going to get some more minutes than they anticipated,” Radford said.

“In the long run hopefully it’ll do their careers good and I’m sure they’re really looking forward to it.

“I wanted to put my two best teams out [in both games] but unfortunately when we get back Castleford’s probably slightly more important now than next week.

“I’ll put some thought into it this week and if guys are healthy I’ll give them an opportunity. If they’re not we’ve got some young blokes who’ll be chomping at the bit.”

It certainly proved a tough night, and will make ensuing weeks back in the UK a struggle, but Radford said he wouldn’t hesitate to make the same trip again in the future.

“Definitely, loved every minute of it and that’ll continue into next week as well,” Radford said.

“It’s great for the club. It was obviously a difficult result but we’ll bounce back against Castleford I’m sure.”

Wigan collected the points and came through unscathed but, with a clash against South Sydney at ANZ Stadium to come, coach Shaun Wane said the job was only “half done.”

“We won’t be treating that as an exhibition game,” Wane said.

“We’ve come through great and we’re ready to go. We’ll train again on Monday and get ready for a big one against South Sydney.

“This is a real game. We want to get two wins here and we want South Sydney to see the best of us. There’ll be a good crowd there next week and we want to out a good show on. 

“There’s things we’ll pick out of this game that were very, very good, but there’s things we need to work on as well. I thought our composure in the final third, we bombed five or six tries, it just wan’t good enough. 

“Overall, I’m happy with the win but we need to be better in that final third.”