Hull FC cruised to their biggest win of the season with a 48-6 victory over Castleford on Sunday afternoon.
Here is Up the Cream’s Five Things column.
1.. Long overdue
2020 has been an absolutely rancid year but finally we have something to shout about. That was a brilliant Hull FC display. In some respects it was a carbon copy of Tuesday night; Hull were dominant and had all the favourable field position, but unlike the Huddersfield game they turned it into points.
There was some brilliant tries on show, from pin-point kicking from Jake Connor, to electric pace from Ratu Naulago to expert line running from Andre Savelio. Some of it was great to watch. Hull were slick, powerful and rampaged downfield. Sure Castleford, who are in a real rut right now, weren’t great, but for a side that has struggled all year to post points and keep their line in fact, to put in a display where they score eight tries and only concede one is long overdue and most welcome.
2.. Andre Savelio
There’s never been any doubt on Andre Savelio’s talent. The problem has been getting him out on the field to showcase that talent.
Thrown in for a debut against his old club Warrington last year in what turned out to be Hull’s record home defeat, Savelio’s Hull career has been one step forward and two back. He’d produce a performance of real promise and quality, only for injury, whether the knee or foot, to strike again.
Savelio is due some luck, and having had his longest (by far) run in the Hull side – a marathon of five games – he’s looking the absolute part. Getting better by the week, Savelio is a genuine weapon on the edges. He’s powerful, agile and knows how to score tries. That’s four now since the restart, but it’s his line running, tackle busting and offload ability that gets him his plaudits. On the opening night at Headingley we all knew we had a serious player, and this Castleford rout is the latest example.
Time to piss on the party now and despite how good it was to really thump a side, it’s only Castleford and they’ve been abysmal for weeks on end. Hull have actually beaten them three times since the restart, with two wins coming against Huddersfield, and another against Wakefield. All of those sides sit in the bottom half of Super League and in fact the only top five team Hull have beaten this year was Leeds way back in the opening round.
So let’s not get too carried away when only a short time ago the pitchforks were out – and rightly so. Sunday was an outstanding win and long overdue but there’s still loads of work to be done on this side. It’s nice to be winning games, but a proper measure (and probably a reality check) will come when Hull meet Catalans, St Helens and Wigan in the coming weeks.
Ever since the restart all we’ve heard is the importance of Sky to the Super League clubs and how the games must go ahead for their benefit, yet here we are with the only broadcast of the Hull vs Castleford fixture being on an unreliable ouRLeague app that required a code that in some cases wasn’t even sent and once finally up and running, buffered throughout.
Whilst the codes and streaming service worked well for plenty of fans, it also let plenty more down. It wasn’t surprising.
Sometimes the old ways are the best ways. Trying to explain to an 85-year-old nan why she couldn’t watch her beloved Black and Whites despite forking out for a Sky subscription for the past twenty years was difficult. If that’s a glimpse of the future, we don’t want to know it.
5.. Kevin Deighton
Our Kev started his incredible Hull FC run of games almost forty years ago to the day. After a holiday in Tenerife, he started the unthinkable on the 26th October 1980 at Thrum Hall as Arthur Bunting’s Hull FC took on Halifax. Now 1,363 games later the innings finally comes to an end.
Sadly after watching behind closed affairs through gaps in fences and gates since project restart, Catalans away with the quarantine period is one game too far. Take a bow though – it’s absolutely phenomenal the commitment he’s shown to Hull FC for four decades.
From Boulevard lockouts, dreaded liquidation talk and relegation, to the glorious early 80s, solitary Premiership win, and Wembley x2, Kev has seen it all. He’s a top bloke too and one we’re proud to call our friend. Get your feet up, pal.