Hull FC’s Derby dominance ended as Rovers tasted victory for the first time in three years on Friday night.
Here are the Five Things Up the Cream learned.
1.. Execution is a huge problem
Hull played most of the Derby in Rovers’ half yet failed to offer much in the form of attacking eminence. Gaining field position was never a problem but being effective in the oppositions twenty certainly was. There’s too much familiarity with that statement. We are our own worst enemy.
The game was played in horrendous weather conditions but that doesn’t excuse the error count. Hull were wasteful and their sets were played out with little guile or threat until the last tackle. It was as if they were relying on the kick option. Going through hands was a nightmare. This needs addressing. When do you see our three-quarters score walk ins? The biggest overlap Hull have created this season was Jake Connor’s try at Rovers and that was with twelve men on the field. Absolutely baffling.
2.. Marc Sneyd clearly not fit
When Marc Sneyd plays well Hull FC play well, but the back-to-back Lance Todd trophy winning half back is not at the races right now. That’s through no fault of his own, as he clearly hasn’t got over his knee injury yet.
Yes Hull are down on options right now with Jake Connor and Albert Kelly both out injured, but they have Liam Harris, who was only utilised from the bench. Harris came up with one key error that he’ll be gutted about but surely we’d be better off playing him from the start than Sneyd, who could do with a two-week holiday to Majorca with his missus. The mind boggles to why you’d persist to play someone in such a key position who clearly isn’t physically ready. Actually felt sorry for him at times.
3.. Carlos Tuimavave was superb
Another Hull FC player who is playing busted is Carlos Tuimavave, who despite an ankle that probably leaves him in more pain than James Webster post-Gareth O’Brien drop-goal, was the best player on the field. His metres gained and ability to bring the ball back were both superb. Carlos put in a huge effort that deserved better than a frustrating Derby defeat.
Let’s hope he, along with the other members of the squad, have something left in the tank for the 8s. Hull must finish strongly, and not feather out and finish the season like this.
4.. Improvement from Wakefield performance
That probably goes without saying as the fixture at Wakefield was as bad as it gets. At least there was some effort and fight here. Hull gave it a crack and you can’t fault that, but you can certainly question some of the decision-making and dumb play.
Hull must be up there with the most dumbest sides in the league. It was interesting to see one rugby league journalist label us recently as “dreadful to watch”. Based on recent evidence he’s not wrong. We take the wrong option too frequently and aren’t clinical enough near the oppositions line.
Stats suggest our attack isn’t far off but consider the amount of chances Hull had to win games against Leeds away, Salford away, Wigan at home and now Rovers at home and that tells you there’s a big problem.
5.. Thoughts on departures
Unfortunately in a salary cap sport there can be no room for sentiment and I’ve elaborated this in the latest fanzine. That means that both Jansin Turgut and Ross Osborne were both released by the club on Friday, with Jack Logan also going on loan to Doncaster.
Logan needs some confidence back and will hopefully get that be getting a shit load of tries in League One. I like Jack and I still think there’s a player there. I don’t want to make excuses for him but he’s had two years out injured and has been thrown in the deep end with limited game-time. If ever the need for a proper full fixture Reserve League was highlighted then this is it.
As for Turgut I guess inconsistency, highlighted by his last two appearances for the club, proved to be the final straw.
I doubt they’ll be the last to leave the club either. Watch this space.
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