Sutton: Get ready for fireworks

Ryan Sutton is preparing for 'fireworks' at Hull FC tonight as the battle for a top-four spot intensifies.

Saturday, 3rd June 2017, 7:45 am
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:39 pm
Ryan Sutton

Lee Radford’s outfit and Wigan are both outside the semi-final spots heading into tonight’s televised showdown (kick-off 5pm).

And both are without a Super League win in the last three rounds - a fact Sutton expects will dial up the tensions.

“We’ve both not played well, it’s as simple as that,” said Sutton.

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“Against Wakefield, we weren’t good enough and Hull lost, too.There are fireworks whenever we play, and this is going to be a cracker. We’re looking forward to it.”

Wigan have not lost at Hull FC since 2009 but Sutton won’t be reading too much into their sparkling record.

“I think it’s a quirk, because we go into every game the same way,” said the 21-year-old.

“We know what Hull are capable of. It’s going to be won down the middle, they are a big physical side, they have some tough players.”

Fifth-placed Hull are three-points outside the top-four spots, with Wigan – in sixth – a further point behind.

While teams have until round 30 to secure a place in the semi-final positions, there is an added bonus to getting a top-four spot by round 23 – an extra home game in the Super-8s phase of the season.

Wigan drew with Warrington at the Magic Weekend and backed that up with a gutsy effort in a 22-19 derby loss, but the 42-30 defeat by Wakefield on Monday bruised the players’ pride.

“We attacked really well, but our defence let us down,” added Sutton. “That’s what disappointed us, we are a good defensive team and we slacked off.”

Wigan are boosted by the return of Joe Burgess and Joel Tomkins.