Hull FC got back to winning ways in Super League with a 21-12 victory over Warrington.
Here are Five Things Up the Cream learned.
1.. Tuimavave dynamite
I’m sure you’re all aware of the song. and boy Carlos Tuimavave was exactly that on Friday night. He is so underrated that it’s bordering the line of criminal, as eloquently put by one of our readers on social media.
Carlos is sheer class and he proved that against Wire, with Ryan Atkins and Ben Murdoch-Masila in his back pocket for most of the game. It was a smart move from Radford to swap the two centres. On the right edge I thought Josh Griffin played well, but the Kiwi was something else. Defensively he was outstanding, and he carried the ball superbly too, making good metres with his carries and weaving his way past defenders.
He’s a quiet lad and he doesn’t get the plaudits he deserves does Carlos. Such a talented rugby league player too and it’s a necessity we sign up for next year and beyond. Get pen to paper lad.
2.. The red card madness
Two players were sent off in the second half, with Declan Patton and Liam Watts both dismissed for differing reasons – Patton for a high shot on Bureta Faraimo, and Watts for a head butt attempt on Dominic Crosby.
Patton’s was a swinging arm, and he caught the winger right in the chops. It looked bad, especially on replay. Sending off sufficient? That’s down to interpretation, but if the referees want to stay consistent, then we’ll be seeing a lot of red cards this season.
Watts meanwhile had a head explosion. What on earth was he thinking? Radders ripped into him post-match and its understandable. We’re short on props with Paea out and now he’ll likely be suspended. A moment of madness.
Though saying that, Crosby was all over him, and wouldn’t let go despite Thaler calling held three times. It should of been a penalty to Hull and you could understand Judders’ frustration when he’s not allowed to play the ball, but in the modern-day game you just can’t react like that.
3.. Connor’s temperament
Jake Connor was again the centre of attention last night on the field and post-match on the forums. Got to love how opposition fans are that bothered by his actions, which tells you he’s doing something right.
Jake the snake. I think he’s brilliant. We all know of his vocals and he winds the opposition up to the point of meltdown. He’s a right gobby little twat but he’s got the class to back it up. That 40/20 was an absolute peach and some of his general kicking was excellent. Once moved to the centre too he came up with a few weaving runs late on.
Hull have been crying out for a player like this for years. That was his best performance of the season to date and let’s hope that form continues. Can we wire him up for the Leeds game?
4.. The contest itself
The two points were absolutely massive even at this stage of the season, but it wasn’t the best of spectacles. Looking back now I couldn’t care less as the win was all that mattered, but it wasn’t a great advert for Super League – a competition I think has been poor this season.
The first half was stale from two sides showing not much invention in attack. Yes there was some resilient defence, but it took a sending off to get going. Hull smartly kept the scoreboard ticking with penalty goals and that, added to a drop-goal, was the difference.
Warrington have improved defensively and they had a crack after Patton’s dismissal. Sending offs tend to do that. They give you a new lease of life, as Hull found out after Watts’ red cards last season.
5.. Leading the way
Full credit to both clubs for getting the game on in a week where others have winced at the first sight of snow. What did they do in the old days of winter rugby when this was a regular occurrence? Makes you wonder, but well done to Wigan and Hull who got their home fixtures on, and to both Warrington and Widnes for travelling. The big boys. That says a lot doesn’t it.
The last thing Hull would have wanted is a weeks break in Round Four that would have no doubt created a fixture congestion later in the season. Despite how cold it was, this game had to take place and I’m glad it did. It keeps the momentum going and we can now look forward to having a good crack at Leeds come Thursday night – a ground we haven’t won at in over ten years, but a fixture we will no doubt have to negotiate without another of our prop forwards. Never the less, and with young Brad Fash getting better and better by the week, bring it on.
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