Hull FC’s unbeaten home run came to an end as Wigan recorded a 14-10 victory at the KCOM Stadium.
Here are the Five Things Up the Cream learned.
1.. Game smarts lacking again
I don’t think it’s naive to suggest that if Hull FC had Marc Sneyd in their side, then they win that game. He’s the best game managing half back in the competition and is the most important player at the club.
That’s not meant as a detriment to the rest of the squad or those who took the field against Wigan, but more of a compliment to our kicking supremo. There were opportunities to win the game, but we couldn’t take them, partially due to dumb play.
The effort though was faultless. No quarrels can be said of that. Sometimes you’re just beaten by the better team, although that doesn’t ease the frustration. Well done to Wigan.
2.. Faraimo is a class act
A stop-start nature to life at Hull FC, partially due to injury, suspension and head knocks, meant Bureta Faraimo took a while to get going, but wow what a class act he is showing to be now.
He’s getting a run in the side and is looking good value for it. He’s explosive and comfortably the most powerful winger in the league. He skittles defenders for fun, scoring some eye-catching tries off the back of it, with two more added to his tally against Wigan.
There’s a player there and it’s another tremendous find from Lee Radford and co. No wonder we have so much trust in our club at the moment.
3.. Jamie Shaul injury
Jamie Shaul suffered a minor foot injury towards the end of the first half and didn’t feature in the second half.
Jack Logan was deployed at fullback, before switching with Jake Connor in the right centre.
Logan is still copping a bit of stick from some fans, but baring giving away a penalty for being in an offside position, he didn’t do much else wrong.
Shaul should be fine to face Widnes in two weeks time, with a welcome week off as England play New Zealand in Denver on Saturday.
4.. Kelly was outstanding
Considering he’s playing on one foot right now, Albert Kelly’s display was even more commendable. He ran the ball well all evening and was a threat with it, whilst his defence was exceptional.
Kelly put in numerous big hits, whilst his running game was a threat to Wigan all game. Some of his kicks in the second half weren’t ideal, but all in all this was a superb performance, especially considering his ongoing hamstring problem. Obviously had his nuggets this week.
5.. Top four looking tougher
It’s becoming a lot more apparent that Hull FC are going to have to win a lot of games if they want to finish in the top four.
That was a chance missed to put themselves within touching distance of the top two, but now Hull could find themselves six points behind fourth placed Castleford the next time they take to the field. That’s a lot of ground to be made up, but if anyone can do it, Hull FC can.