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Rovers prop banned for derby clash

Hull KR prop James Green will miss the derby with Hull FC on Thursday after being banned for a shoulder charge.

Hull KR prop James Green will miss the derby with Hull FC on Thursday after being banned for a shoulder charge. Credit: Press Association

Green was charged by the Rugby Football League's match-review panel with the grade B offence on his former team-mate Travis Burns, the St Helens stand-off, during his side's 24-20 win over the champions on Friday and submitted an early-guilty plea.

Green will be available for the Robins' Easter Monday home game against Huddersfield while centre Darrell Goulding will be eligible to play in both Easter fixtures after submitting an early guilty plea to a minor grade A trip on Saints centre Jordan Turner.

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Radford still upbeat despite first Hull FC defeat

Hull coach Lee Radford refused to be downbeat despite his side losing 7-6 at home to Warrington.

Lee Radford Credit: Press Association

Written off by many in pre-season, they won 19-0 at Huddersfield last weekend and this performance ranks them as being better than they were given credit for.

Seven points conceded from two games against two of last season's top four represents a significant statement and had they had a little more composure at the death they could have won it themselves.

"I'm encouraged for sure as if you're going to lose, that's how to lose," said Radford, who had to make three enforced changes from the Huddersfield win.

"It's one of the worst build-ups I've had as we've been pulled to pieces with injury and sickness.

"We chased the game, some of the stuff didn't come off but that's the way to do it. I thought all the players were really admirable.

"We were coming off a four-day turnaround. I was really pleased we had some squad players come in and show they can be relied on."

Thompson signs contract extension with Hull FC

Hull FC utility forward Jordan Thompson has signed a two-year contract extension with the Black and Whites, extending his time at the KC Stadium to at least the end of the 2017 season.

Having signed from the Castleford Tigers at the beginning of the 2014 campaign, the 23-year old featured in nearly every game last season for the Airlie Birds, making a real impact from the bench and covering a number of positions when required.

Equipped with pacey footwork and a powerful running game, having developed as an outside back as a youngster, Thompson’s flair and unpredictability has made him a real threat in Hull FC's pack, including an emphatic solo try against Catalans Dragons and a memorable score against arch-rivals Hull KR last season.

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