Hull FC were edged out 30-24 by Wakefield on Sunday afternoon in Danny Washbrook’s testimonial match.
Here are the Five Things Up the Cream learned.
1.. Brownie Point for Brown
God-awful pun that, but what a performance from Jack Brown. He’s only a teenager and he mixed it with the biggest kebab-loving pack in Super League.
The baby-faced prop carried well, hit hard, and just put in an overall matured display that defied his youthful years.
For those that have played with and coached Jack, there’s always been that bit of hype, and you can see why.
The most important thing for him now is to stay grounded, work hard and keep developing.
Though if he lives up to his potential there’s a bloody good player here for sure. We’ll watch with interest.
2.. Miloudi is a reliable half back option
Hakim Miloudi really excelled on the wing for Hull FC last season. The Frenchmen eventually settled down and became a real fan favourite.
Everything about him though is mental – off the field he’s mental and he plays mental too. He plays with so much energy that literally any brain fart is possible. That probably made him undesirable as a half back, at least until now.
At Wakefield he was calm and maintained the pressure on his opposition. Both his passing and kicking games were spot on and he offered a lot of encouragement.
On this basis Miloudi is another half back option for Radford. He proved that he can play there at this level.
3.. The new boys did well
Not exactly a new lad as a player who’s made over 100 appearances for Hull FC already but Jordan Thompson was impressive on his return.
Having re-signed for Hull after a year away many were wondering how he’d fit in again after seemingly losing his place in 2017.
On reflection here though he was solid, energetic and a reliable ball carrier during his two spells on the field.
With Joe Westerman still out injured there’s a vacancy at 13, and that was a good audition for it.
Elsewhere Matty Dawson-Jones made his Hull FC debut and didn’t put a foot wrong.
He assisted Scott Taylor’s try and carried the ball when required.
4.. The quality is still there
When people challenge Hull FC’s recruitment for 2019 they forget the quality is already in-house. Signings for this year are to thicken out the squad and offer competition for places.
That quality is there in players like Albert Kelly, Jake Connor, Danny Houghton and Jamie Shaul – all of whom showed up well against Wakefield.
That’s not to mention those who missed out – Josh Griffin, Carlos Tuimavave, Fetuli Talanoa, Marc Sneyd, Josh Bowden, Mark Minichiello, Joe Westerman, Chris Green, Sika Manu and Lewis Bienek.
Definitely going to finish bottom aren’t we.
Hull FC had a torrid year with injuries last season and already this week it was revealed that Bowden, Green, Westerman and Talanoa will all miss the start of the season.
Therefore the most important thing in pre-season is getting through it without picking up anymore.
Against Wakefield Kelly, Fash and Nzoungou all picked up knocks, but it’s thought to be nothing serious in all three cases.
Looks like we’ve dodged a bullet for now.