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Friday, 8 June, 2001, 19:59 GMT 20:59 UK
Hull chase history
Paul Broadbent - Hull
Broadbent is set for a welcome return
Hull have the opportunity of going top of the Super League for the first time ever if they beat Castleford on Saturday.

It is a startling turnaround for the East Yorkshire club, who finished second from bottom just two years ago.

A win over the Tigers would see Shaun McRae's outfit take top spot from Bradford for a minimum of 24 hours, but more importantly it would mark a milestone in how far the club has progressed.

Hull will be without tough-tackling forward Adam Maher with a cut head but prop Paul Broadbent returns from a back injury.

Long-term casualties

Scrum-half Tony Smith is poised to defy a recurring back strain to face his old club.

Paul Parker looks set to continue at centre in the absence of Richard Horne with an ankle injury.

Castleford are still without centres Michael Eagar and Barrie-Jon Mather through injury, in addition to long-term casualties Aaron Raper and Jon Roper.

Forwards Lee Harland and Nathan Sykes are available after missing last week's win over Wakefield and stand-off Danny Orr is expected to continue despite picking up a shoulder injury in the Origin Game.

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