Up the Middle #40

Props? Loose Man? It’s all a bit of a myth now isn’t it. They are middles. Middle units in the middle of the park playing Up the Middle.

Every week in this blog we’ll bring you the world of Rugby League as it happens, with the aim of grasping your attention, your bites and your vocal cords – after all that’s what we do best.

W/C 26/03/2018 – Last updated: 27/03

Tuesday – Stone sacked 

Huddersfield boss Rick Stone has been sacked – the first Super League coaching casualty of the season following a run of poor results.

The bookies must be pissing themselves, as Steve McBanana was surely a banker. Never mind.

Tuesday – Injury Front 

Hull FC will be boosted with the return of hooking maestro Danny Houghton for Good Friday’s Hull Derby.

Mickey Paea could also be back, but there will be no Dean Hadley, who’s suffered a medial ligament injury in his knee and will be out for at least a month. The knock happened in Hull’s win over Catalans last Friday, with Hadley feeling the full force of Sam Moa. Poor lad. Get well soon Deano.

Tuesday – Bienek speaks 

New Hull FC signing Lewis Bienek has explained why he chose Hull FC over potential other Super League clubs. He’s only human after all.

“A number of Super League clubs offered me contracts,” Bienek told League Express. “I didn’t expect so much interest, but after meeting all the clubs I felt Hull FC best suited my personality.

“After speaking with Radders, I felt I had a real connection with him and would be able to kick on with him as my coach. The way they play suits me. They already have a lot of big men at the club and I can really learn a lot from them.”

Monday – Tickets 

Hull FC have sold more tickets for a fixture at Caravan Park than ever before, meaning the amount of injections distributed by the NHS has doubled over the past week. You can never be too careful.

Good Friday Derby Hull FC

Monday – Super League Round Seven 

The demand for Kleenex at the Phil Clarke household will have tripled this year, with his lovechild Sam Tomkins back to something of his former best. Wigan actually look decent in attack this year, which would explain why Shaun Wane is grumpier than ever. He’s only happy when he’s moaning about being ‘bustid’.

Elsewhere wins for Castleford, St Helens, Hull, Widnes and Warrington completed round seven. For our review click here

Moon Giddy Up Hull FC HUddersfield

Monday – Championship 

Toronto got a mighty scare in the second tier as a late penalty was just enough to see off Rochdale 18-17.  London meanwhile made it six wins from six, as Leigh also picked up a much needed victory, but with Toulouse and Featherstone also riding high, the top four for the Leythers looks a step too far this year. The Kieron Cunningham effect. Can’t wait for Derek to spit his dummy out and start offering fans out again.

Championship Results: 

Barrow 36 Sheffield 22

Batley 14 Featherstone 40

Leigh 36 Dewsbury 0

Rochdale 17 Toronto 18

Swinton 18 London 64

Toulouse 38 Halifax 6

Monday – Dons going well 

Doncaster have won their opening three games in League One now, most recently defeating Newcastle 22-20 up in the Toon.

Hull FC duo Hakim Miloudi and Jack Downs crossed over for tries, with Jack Sanderson, Jez Litten and Jack Logan also getting run outs.

Liam Harris ran the show again, with former FC man Connor Bower amongst the ranks too.

The Dons are targeting promotion under Richard Horne this year, and have made a great start to the season. They are still in the Challenge Cup too, and host Featherstone next month.

Elsewhere in League One, York picked up another impressive win with another four figure attendance. Their crowds are pretty decent this year and it’ll be interesting to see what they get for their cup game against Catalans.

Monday – Doubt over Denver

In true rugby league fashion, we don’t even know for certain whether the recently announced test between New Zealand and England in Denver will go ahead, thanks largely to a nation, yeah you guessed it, that reportedly won’t let players travel to play.

If anything that shows how much the NRL, Australia’s premier competition, relies on overseas imports to make it what it is. The irony.

If they continue to hinder international rugby league, then where’s the next generation of overseas players coming from? Plus, is it really a big deal to let players leave on a week when there is no round of NRL fixtures?

It’s all a bit embarrassing from the Aussies. If the recent cricket scandal wasn’t humiliating enough, then saying altitude sickness is a potential factor to consider in Denver really tops the chart. Their excuses are worse than Craig Sandercock, who once blamed the length of grass for a Rovers defeat.

Monday – Derby week.. 

We all remember what happened last time..

Jamie Shaul, Danny Houghton, Mahe Fonua and Steve Michaels tries giving us a famous win. We will never forget the masses of Rovers fans walking across the North Stand, spitting thier dummies out and heading for the exits. Priceless.


Monday – Got your copy? 

Issue 51 is available to buy online now. Featuring Jordan Lane and loads of other Hull FC and rugby league articles.

See our online shop here

Issue 51

Monday – Hull FC Recap

The Black and Whites got a much-needed two points last Friday night, beating a Catalans side that surrendered in true French fashion. They were shite, and we had little trouble in posting 42-points on the board.

Review: http://upthecream.co.uk/hull-fc-back-to-winning-ways-against-horrific-catalans-side/

Five Things: http://upthecream.co.uk/five-things-we-learned-from-hull-fcs-victory-over-catalans-2/

Hull FC Catalans

Monday – Why Up the Middle?

One confused FC Forum listener (yes he was of a red and white persuasion), got a little puzzled to Johnny Compton’s term ‘Middle’ or ‘Middles’ when used in context with Rugby League.

A Middle is your middle unit, which consists of your props, hooker and loose forward. They play through, and defend, in the middle of the field, hence the term middle.

Like counting the number of tries Tom Briscoe scored at Wembley, it’s a pretty simple equation, and considering the East Hull outfits association with the Middle version of the 8s, you would assume they could grasp it.

FC baby laughing at KR baby



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