Hull FC’s run of defeats extended to five with a 31-13 loss, and fourth home defeat of the season, to Wakefield on Friday night.
Here are the five things Up the Cream learned.
1.. Going through the motions
That was garbage. Even when taking 6-0 and 13-7 leads there was no guile or threat from Hull, emphasised how it took them four consecutive sets to register their second and final try.
With nothing to play for but pride in the Super 8s, it had the feel of a dead rubber. That was reflected in the attendance, which was much lower than what we’ve seen this season.
Obviously it’s never easy when it pisses it down, but there were a lot of errors, and not much energy shown from either side. Once Wakefield realised they had the measure of Hull, they just ran away with it. Credit to them, but from our point of view that’s incredibly frustrating. The remaining six games are going to be tough to watch on that evidence.
2.. But there’s a lot more than pride to play for..
Hull are currently on a five game losing streak and surely they want to put that right as soon as possible. We get that some players have just come back from injury and that our most creative players in Connor, Kelly and Westerman are all out, but you’d still expect something more than that poor showing.
The Super 8s are top flight games after all and there’s some points to be proved. Adam Pearson needs to get his chequebook out. That’s not based on the past month or so either. Hull’s success was built on physically dominating teams and we haven’t seen that this year. That’s what happens when you lose Frank Pritchard, Gareth Ellis and Liam Watts, and don’t replace them.
There’s problems at the attacking end too, but there’s a clear lack of grunt up front. We need a bastard, preferably a wilding bastard, but not a daughter fucking one.
3.. Are they fit?
Marc Sneyd is nowhere near being match fit. He can barely move around the field and got physically dominated first by Bill Tupou in the first half and then for Pauli Pauli’s try in the second. When you brought Liam Harris in to cover injuries, and with seven meaningless games a perfect opportunity to play him, one struggles to get their head round the fact that Hull are playing a crippled half back instead of a promising young player.
On the other side Jordan Abdull didn’t create anything. In the Derby he got lucky as two kicks paved the way for some fortunate tries, but he was exposed here. Tupou ran over Abdull for his try and his performance won’t put much confidence into the fan base.
4.. Bienek debut
Now even the “in the knows” didn’t see this one coming, but Lewis Bienek made his Hull FC debut in the defeat to Wakefield. Signed from London for next season, his arrival is obviously earlier than anticipated, but he’s been training at Hull for a while, played on dual reg for Doncaster a bit, and with cap space freed up after the departures of Jansin Turgut and Ross Osborne, got his opportunity.
Bienek was solid on debut and did some good things. For a 20-year-old, he’s a big lad, and has a lot of promise, like many before him. Hopefully he’ll nurture into a regular Super League player that can be relied upon for a sequence of games, and not stifle in development.
5.. Defensively poor AGAIN
Defensively Hull have been poor all season. We have conceded far too many points and whilst a laboured attack does us no favours, one on one misses haven’t helped. Tupou and Pauli just exploited the half backs for their tries and Tom Johnstone then made Hull look amateur with his.
Defence is all about desire and if you don’t front up then you’ll leak points. That’s not the Hull FC we have come to expect over the past two years. Age does us all no favours, and with some it’s catching up on them.