City of Hull suffered back to back defeats for the first time this season with a 22-20 loss at Castleford. The match was surrounded in controversy as a stonewall Liam Harris try was denied right at the death by the match officials. Here’s how the Hull FC ring-fenced lads got on at Wheldon Road.
Bradley Spriggs – Asked to play fullback after Lochlan’s injury and didn’t look out of place there. Superb try saving tackle in the second half and brought the back back with intent. Not a more accustomed position but Bradley did all that was asked of him.
Kieran Buchanan – The rookie under-19 centre has been a breath of fresh air since his entry into the team. He has bags of pace, he’s strong and he knows how to create space, beat his opposite man and put his winger away. Got six tries in seven appearances so far including another four pointer at Castleford. Definitely an intriguing future ahead of him.
Ryan Adamson – Few opportunities presented but went looking for work and was safe under the high bomb. Difficult night for the right winger as City of Hull’s dangers all came down the left flank, but Ryan did all that was asked of him.
Bobby Downs – The half back got stuck as always and grafted for the team. Running game looked to cause Castleford problems and he linked well with fellow pivot Liam Harris.
Charlie Weaver – Lots of carries and defensive work but such efforts are exhibited every week. Put every ounce of effort in to get City of Hull back in the contest.
Joel Marquez Laynez – Strong metre making from Joel, who has really come on this year despite an injury setback. Hope to see him at under-23 level again soon.
Callum Baker – Bags of effort from the interchange forward. First year who didn’t look out of place and will only benefit from the experience at this level. Results don’t necessary matter here and City of Hull will learn a lot from this.
City of Hull Starting XIII: 1. Bradley Spriggs, 2. Ryan Adamson, 3. Harry Hutchinson, 4. Kieran Buchanan, 5. William Oakes, 6. Bobby Downs, 7. Liam Harris, 8. Charlie Weaver, 9. William Jubb, 10. Kieran Moran, 11. Joe Cator, 12. Max Riseham, 13. Joel Marquez-Laynez. Interchange: 14. Callum Baker, 15. Ben Butler, 16. Owen Harrison, 17. Chris Smith.
City of Hull Tries: Harrison, Oakes, Buchanan, Harris. Goals: Oakes 2/4.
Scoring System: 4-0, 8-0, 8-4, 10-4, 16-4, 16-10, 16-14, 22-14, 22-20.