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Hull FC v Castleford Tigers: Super League preview
Props Josh Bowden and Liam Watts have been included in Hull FC's squad for the visit of Castleford Tigers to the KC Stadium on Friday.
Neither player has featured this season but their chance comes after Hull lost at Widnes last week to drop to 12th in the Super League table.
Stand-off Daniel Holdsworth has recovered from the head injury that kept him out of the previous two matches but scrum-half Brett Seymour is on leave after being involved in a car crash.
"If it's all plain sailing, you don't really see the true character in people but I've seen the character we have in the squad this week, and I know we have plenty to work with," Hull coach Peter Gentle told the club's official website.
"Going through a bit of adversity has probably brought us a bit closer together as a group too, there's strength and unity there and we've got to turn that into a siege mentality and hopefully it will help us win some games.
"The players know last week's performance wasn't up to standard but it's what we do off the back of that now that matters.
"We know the fans deserve better but the main motivation is more self-pride than anything. We let ourselves down and the only way to fix that is to play better."
Castleford Tigers coach Ian Millward is set to stick with the team that was pipped 28-22 by Wigan last Sunday.
Winger James Clare has been included in the Tigers' initial 19-man squad for the first time this season but is likely to be surplus to requirements on match day.
Hull squad: Arundel, Briscoe, Bowden, Galea, Heremaia, Holdsworth, Horne, Houghton, Johnson, Lineham, Lynch, McDonnell, O'Meley, Pitts, Tickle, Watts, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman
Castleford squad: Carney, Shenton, Webster, Dixon, Chase, Ellis, Clark, Huby, Gilmour, Hauraki, Millington, Emmitt, Milner, Massey, Holmes, Thompson, Tansey, Clare, Mason
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First Utility Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||3||2|
|10||Salford Red Devils||3||2|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th March|
|20:00||Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos|
|Friday 6th March|
|20:00||Wakefield Wildcats vs St Helens|
|20:00||Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings|
|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:30||Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th March|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Hull K R|
|Thursday 12th March|
|20:00||Huddersfield vs Castleford|
|Friday 13th March|
|20:00||Warrington vs Leeds|
|20:00||Wigan vs Hull|
|20:00||Widnes Vikings vs St Helens|
|First Utility Super League|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Widnes Vikings 16 - 58 Wakefield Wildcats|
|Hull K R 22 - 20 Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Salford Red Devils 32 - 28 Hull FC|
|Catalans Dragons 38 - 18 Warrington Wolves|
|Friday 27th February|
|St Helens 21 - 14 Castleford Tigers|
|Thursday 26th February|
|Leeds Rhinos 28 - 24 Huddersfield Giants|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford|
|Friday 13th February|
|Hull 6 - 7 Warrington|
|Leeds 38 - 6 Widnes|
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