Hull Waps v tadea Middlesbrough Lions
By Tom Jameson
Wednesday 19 Oct 2011 09:23:00
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Middlesbrough Lions travel to Hull Wasps this Sunday for an unusual double header at the Bonus Arena. The Lions take on the Wasps on Saturday, 7.30pm in a league game and then again on Sunday, 6.30pm for the second round of the National Shield.

A large contingent of fans are aiming to make the relatively short trip to Hull to support the Middlesbrough players and Coach James Thomson is hoping they will have something to cheer about.“There is a possibility that three new players may make their debuts at the weekend and I am hoping that they will provide some competition for places that will lead to higher standards in both training and games. There is nothing better to make you play harder than the prospect of someone taking your place.”

There are rumours that a new American may be eligible for the weekend but Coach Thomson refused to comment on the individual players stating an announcement will be made on each player once the documentation is complete.

If Middlesbrough are to challenge for honours this season, it would appear both games are important to win, although priority may be given to the Sunday game as it’s a knock out tournament. The next round though will not get any easier as in all likelihood the opposition will be Division three side; Huddersfield Heat.

Hull will be no easy game, especially after the side are itching to bounce back from a surprising defeat to Mohawks. The Wasps were knocked off the top with that loss and hold a 2 wins and 1 loss record so far. The Lions currently sit in sixth place having played one game less on a 1 win and 1 loss record.

In the past, Middlesbrough have always played well against Hull, but fizzled toward the end and Coach Thomson is keen to ensure they achieve early momentum and continue to push hard to ensure victory.

Defence would appear to be the key to the game as both sides can score willingly. On paper Hull are a better defensive side but when prompted, Lions can shut teams down as proven in the Mohawks victory last month.

There is no doubt, the tadea Lions will have to be at their best, though they are more than capable and in front of what should be a good atmosphere a great two game lie in waiting.

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