Hull FC suffered a fourth consecutive Super League defeat with a 16-20 loss to Rovers’ B team on Friday night.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Jamie Shaul – Not fit by any stretch of the imagination, but he showed some balls to dig in and have a crack. Runs well but doesn’t create much with his passing. It’s evident every game he plays. A bit like Bevan French at Parramatta, the pivot side to the game isn’t natural to him. Does it hold us back? Perhaps. But there are areas to Jamie’s game that remain outstanding.
Bureta Faraimo – The big winger is excellent running the ball back as his 186 metres show but he has errors in his game that proved costly here. Never the less some big tough carries and lasted longer than the nine minutes he played on Good Friday.
Josh Griffin – Got a try on his comeback game but was expectedly a little bit off the pace. No doubt he’ll have a strong finish to the season though once he eases himself back in. Form was ridiculously good pre-injury.
Carlos Tuimavave – His work rate especially coming out of backfield was top draw. He ran superbly for 209 metres and looked a threat every time he carried the ball. Great stuff from Carlos who didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.
Fetuli Talanoa – Obviously going to take a while for returning players to get up to speed and Fetuli is no exception. Thought Rovers dealt with him well.
Jordan Abdull – Got on the end of a fortunate try and produced two kicks to the corner for assists. He’s another who’s come back from injury too early.
Marc Sneyd – He’s playing on one leg and doesn’t deserve the criticism. Tough night for him again. Failed to do anything to penetrate the Rovers defence but that’s no surprise when even walking is a challenge at the moment.
Scott Taylor – Well marshalled by the Rovers defence. Let’s not make excuses, but that shoulder still seems a problem but it’s testament to his balls for fighting through it.
Danny Houghton – Impressed with Houghton who ran the ball more frequently and was much more effective for it. Few better things watching Hull FC than Houghton scooting off a quick play of the ball.
Masimbaashe Matongo – For a starting prop to only carry the ball four times is a concern. However Masi’s defensive effort was good. Saw a comparison to Dane Tilse by a Rovers fan post-match. They are a special bunch.
Danny Washbrook – Stats suggest he was solid but he did nothing of effect. Moral of the story? Stats don’t tell you everything.
Mark Minichiello – Penalty machine and dropped the ball more times than Danny Dyer drops the f-bomb. One can only hope he isn’t playing one season too many.
Sika Manu – Didn’t have the best of games against Widnes before his suspension and that continued here. Manu was poor. Needs a big finish to the season after featuring in only half of Hull’s games this year.
From the Interchange:
Brad Fash – Bags of effort and desire as usual but struggling to bust the line. Links well in the wedge play though.
Mickey Paea – Massive improvement in performance level. If it culminates in a Grand Final win next year (one can dream), he can definitely pie me in the face. Much better impact from Mickey.
Jordan Lane – Out of all the young forwards at the club Lane has the most potential. He’s a cracking young player who ran some good lines as usual and looked to get involved.
Liam Harris – Massive error at the restart cost us and handed the momentum back to Rovers. Brownie point to whoever tells us what position he played when he came on.