Hull FC did enough to beat Rovers 25-16 in the Hull Derby on Friday night, topping the Super League table after two rounds.
1.. Winning habits
The Kings of Hull were under-cooked in the Derby, but still won despite having to dig themselves out of losing positions on three different occasions. Talk about character.
Whilst the performance wasn’t the best, in fact Hull barely got out of first gear for large parts, the ability to dig deep and post a score when required was pleasing. The Red and White tossers gave everything but Hull always threatened and thankfully took enough opportunities to see it out.
Winning beautifully is a great habit, especially at Headingley, but finding different ways to win without playing to your best is just as satisfying.
2.. Sniper Sneyd
Marc Sneyd is a different class from most sevens in Super League. There’s no-one we’d rather have leading Hull FC. When the side play well he’s at the forefront of it. He had a hand in every try, scoring one and assisting three, whilst his kicking game and ability to get the ball out wide were top notch.
But still to this day he’s under-appreciated, even labelled by some as anonymous. Open your eyes people and appreciated greatness when you see it.
Marc Sneyd is greatness. If ever in doubt, just look back at Hull FC’s results over the past five years and observe how many games he’s pulled out his backside for us. The man for the big occasion, with the mercurial left boot. Sneeeeeeeyydd.
3.. Under the radar
Ahead of the 2016 season Frank Pritchard got all the hype but it was the then under the radar Sika Manu who would go on to have a stellar career at Hull FC.
It’s happening again in 2020. A bloke who hasn’t got the same fanfare as others is Ligi Sao, yet in his opening two games as a Hull FC player he’s been absolutely sublime.
Sao is known for that engine and it never stops. He’s played huge minutes, starting both games at prop before moving to loose forward. He’s full of energy, eats up ground and works hard in defence. He looks a solid signing so far.
4.. Classy Faraimo
Bureta Faraimo didn’t play in the Derby due to a minor groin problem. He could have played but he admitted he wouldn’t have been at his best, so he said to Lee Radford to put Adam Swift in.
You might not think that’s a big deal, but it shows the togetherness of the group right now. Great to see that and the squeeze back.
Faraimo, after coming into pre-season despite hopping out of Australia and then America on international duty, and now this, is making all the right noises. His form in the friendly games was brilliant too. He’s a credit to the club at the moment.
We all know Friday night saw Danny Houghton rock up his 350th playing appearance for Hull FC, and some will know Marc Sneyd got his 30th Hull FC drop-goal putting him level with Gary Pearce, but the Derby also saw Lee Radford get his 100th win as Hull FC head coach in his 197th game.
There’s been some absolute belters amongst those 100 wins, and we’ve been there for every single one of them. Players get all the credit, but Radders, the two-time Challenge Cup winning coach, has done it again, assembling another Hull FC squad that will challenge for honours this season. It all wasn’t plain sailing here, but the only thing that mattered was the two points, and we got them.