Hull FC suffered another pre-season defeat with a 18-6 loss at Salford. Here are the Five Things Up the Cream learned.
1.. Sneyd’s performance intriguing
One of few positives in the defeat at Salford was Marc Sneyd’s performance. He was terrific at times. His assist for Steve Michaels’ try was brilliant and a perfect piece of execution.
Sneyd showed just why his responsibilities go much deeper than a kicking role, and on the left flank his running game looking to create a few openings.
He had an eye for a gap and seemed more of a complete package. On the other flank Albert Kelly had his moments too. He was held up over the line and popped up over the field.
With Hull’s spilt half back approach, it’s vital both pivots look to run, distribute and kick, and they both did that. On to the next one gents.
2.. Jansin Turgut knocking on the door now
Arguably the youngster most likely to stamp his mark on the first team, Jansin Turgut gave another excellent account of himself at Salford.
He’s had a good pre-season and exhibited a great work rate again. He was always available to take the ball up, tackled well, and passed crisply too.
At this point in time, Turgut is ahead of people like Jordan Thompson for me, and that’s a big deal. A bench spot for the Super League opener could await him.
3.. Lateral attack
Hull FC were far too lateral in attack at Salford. They were times where they needed to simply straighten up and go forward.
Too many passes were forced and especially early in the tackle, which was disappointing to witness. There’s a place for expansionism and a place for structure, and it’s about finding that balance.
Hull did get quick ball to the edges, but by running sideways, potential space to exploit was drained out. It’s something that needs some work on, as FC’s three-quarters found themselves being bundled into touch on too many occasions.
A lot of people will no doubt be disheartened from another pre-season defeat, but don’t be. Yes, many fans predicted a comfortable Hull victory and I’m one of them, but a loss is far from catastrophic.
The alarm bells won’t be ringing yet. Apply some perspective. It’s pre-season. It’s half-hearted, tedious, and not a reflection on what will be dished up in Super League come a fortnights time – not that you can tell a Cas fan that right now.
Fair play to Salford too. They played some good stuff.
Whilst the pre-season tie itself was at times slow and dull, the crowd was not. The large majority of Hull FC’s hardcore made the trip to Salford and once again it was the same faces you see whether up in Newcastle, or down in the South of France.
Hull FC fans made no secret of their delight for Salford’s part in Rovers relegation, chanting “Thanks for sending Rovers down”, a song met by plenty of appreciation from the locals.
Gareth O’Brien loved his chant too as the camaraderie within the fan base returned. Cheers lads.