Injury hit Hull FC went down 30-12 to Warrington on Friday night, as a second half onslaught undid a gutsy first half performance.
Here are the Five Things Up the Cream learned.
1.. This Hull FC team won’t give in
Hull FC under Lee Radford are ballsy. We never throw the towel in and that’s testament to what Radders, Andy Last, and all of the backroom staff have created. It all stems too from our owner Adam Pearson, who showed faith in Radford when so many didn’t, and now we’ve reaped, and will continue to reap, the benefits.
That display was typical of what we are all about. Nine players out but we still gave it a crack. Being 12-0 up at half time was a great effort, we just unfortunately ran out of juice in the second half. There’s enough evidence there though to suggest we’ll still be in the mix and we won’t back down for anyone, that’s for sure.
2.. Youngsters had their moments
Hull, due to a hefty injury crisis, had to once again field their younger players and once again they didn’t disappoint. Cameron Scott, Jack Logan, Liam Harris, Masimbaashe Matongo, Brad Fash, Jordan Lane and Hakim Miloudi all featured and all had their moments.
Miloudi was great throughout and along with Scott, bundled Ryan Atkins into touch in the first half. Logan was great defensively and really stood up, whilst Harris’ kicking game caused Warrington some problems. Up front Matongo and Fash proved why they’ll both be around for years to come and Lane as usual gave his best coming off the bench.
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3.. League position not spectacular
Obviously it goes without saying the defeats at Catalans and Salford remain killers, but all in all we can be content with Hull FC’s current fourth placed position on the Super League ladder. It’s arguably something of a false pretence with Castleford having two games in hand and we’ll wait and see what happens there, but even still, we’re amongst the top four as we step into the second half of the season.
Hull could have gone third with a victory at Wire and at half time that looked a possibility, even if the realisation we and fellow UTC reader Ashley Melbourne had was that we’d get peppered in the second half with hardly any ball or field position. Do you want us to pick your lottery numbers too? Nah. It was obvious what was going to happen, even if it makes us sound like complete pessimists, but that’s what two decades of following Hull FC does to you. Getting old now.
4.. Connor injury
Jake Connor received treatment for a hamstring knock in the second half. He eventually stayed on before coming off late in the game and the last thing Hull need right now is another injury.
Already without Sneyd, Kelly, Abdull, and Tuimavave, one can only wonder how much more depth this side have to their half back positions.
It’s early days now, but if the worst is confirmed, how about a recall for Marvin Lee formally of the Reserve side? Or a dip into the City of Hull Academy? At least they can claim this one actually is theirs…
5.. Houghton is Mr Hull FC
It’s nothing new is it, but Danny Houghton’s commitment to Hull FC can never be questioned. His effort was sensational at Warrington and whilst it’s not a good thing that our hooker is making 61 tackles in a game, it shows how prepared he is to put his body on the line for our cause.
Though despite those freakish defensive efforts, Houghton scooted well and came up with some decent kicks from dummy half too. He has a great engine, and he led the side around the best he could given the circumstances. A brave display.