To the uproar of many the 2018 Super League Dream Team was announced on Monday afternoon.
For the first time since 2015 there was no Black and White representation, which probably reflects quite rightly an underwhelming Hull FC campaign.
Seven players from St Helens made the cut, alongside features from Wigan, Wakefield and Catalans.
So without further ado here’s the absolutely blinkered and obviously Hull FC influenced Up the Cream XIII:
Fullback – Sam Tomkins
Pub incidents aside, the tenacious Wigan fullback has been excellent. His link up play is superb and his desire to win is second to none, even if it means arguing with refs or niggles at the expense of his own reputation. Matured on the field, but not necessary off it.
Winger – Tommy Makinson
The St Helens speedster has been back to his best this year and is the obvious inclusion. He’s very strong for a wingman and brings the ball back superbly.
Centre – Jake Connor
Black and White goggles on but if there’s a player with more natural talent and ability than Jake Connor then please point him out. The Hull FC man is a class act and is as equally home at Stand-Off too. He creates havoc, shows genuine quality and gets under the oppositions skin. What more could you want?
Centre – Mark Percival
A benefactor of a dominant St Helens team, but Percival has got it all, and it must be a joy to play outside of him. Hopefully Wayne Bennett shares the same view, and gives him a proper run out against New Zealand.
Winger – Tom Johnstone
Still relatively young the Wakefield flyer is devastating. Hull should be throwing money at Michael Carter to sign him.
Half Back – Jonny Lomax
Lomax has been outstanding for St Helens and is a key reason to why they won the dog dish this season.
Half Back – Jacob Miller
The Australian has proved so many people wrong, especially in the Hull FC part of the world. Miller has been superb at Wakefield and continues to go from strength to strength. Another superb season.
Prop – Luke Thompson
The ginger sort is called the new James Graham over in St Helens. Does that mean we can’t understand him either? Probably. Thompson has ran over most of the defenders in Super League, and he’s still only 23, which is nothing in prop years.
Hooker – James Roby
Back to his best and once again the most prominent hooker in the competition, and all despite prolific hair loss.
Prop – Scott Taylor
Hull FC’s season has been derailed by injuries and poor form, but one player that’s avoided such tags is Scott Taylor. The England prop has been outstanding this year, and has carried his side for the majority of it.
Back Row – John Bateman
The fiesty Wigan back rower will move to the NRL next year and leaves as one of Super League’s best players. He looks like a tramp but Bateman is outstanding every week. His strength and work load are both freakish.
Back Row – Matty Ashurst
Probably the most under-rated player in the comp. He’s been outstanding for Wakefield for years now.
Loose Man – Adam Milner
Sean O’Loughlin seems to get included every season, never mind how many games he plays. Obviously O’Loughlin on his day is untouchable, but for me Adam Milner has been outstanding in a Cas team that somehow finished third despite utilising more fullback options than the weekly hours Brian Barwick spends at the RFL. The mind boggles.
Agree / Diagree? Just @ the official Super League Twitter account and moan with the rest of them.
For the actual Dream Team click here