Hull FC recorded their fourth consecutive away win with a 23-16 victory at Salford.
Here are the five things Up the Cream learned.
1.. Solid debut from Connor Wynne
Teenage fullback Connor Wynne was thrown in the deep end at Salford – given his Super League debut after a handful of Reserve and dual-reg games at Doncaster.
But you wouldn’t have thought he was a rookie. Connor was solid. He was dependable under the high bomb and popped up with a try assist too, putting Josh Griffin over for his second meat pie.
More impressively though was the way Wynne organised Hull’s defensive line. We were much more solid and that’s in part to the young man.
Credit where credit is due – and well done to Lee Radford for having the trust to play him.
2.. Winning ugly is a good habit
Hull FC certainly had to tough that one out, with penalty goals, a field goal, plus ballsy defence seeing the win home.
The game wasn’t the most attractive nor full of the most skill sets but the two points is all that matters and we couldn’t care less how Hull get them.
Winning ugly is just fine. Hull had three tries to thank from Josh Griffin but once they got themselves into a comfortable lead it was all about managing the clock to full-time. Sneyd did just that.
But the away side had to dig deep. Scott Taylor didn’t return to the field due to tightness in his calf and Andre Savelio hobbled off late on.
Those qualities we all demand every game, such as effort, desire and energy, were all there. That’s a very handy victory.
3.. In the mix
Hull FC are up fifth in Super League after the win at Salford with a tough month set to continue next week.
Catalans’ win over St Helens keeps them in the mix whilst Wakefield and Castleford also picked up points this weekend.
We’re about a third of the way through the season now and April will go a long way to determining what awaits the Airlie Birds this year.
Young Jordan Lane called Sunday the most important game of the season to date, and given that we’ve seen a response after the Warrington shafting, we can now look forward to what’s ahead with some positivity.
4.. Griffin hat-trick shows what he’s about
Josh Griffin scored a hat-trick of tries at Salford, taking his season tally to seven from nine games.
It’s been his opposite centre Carlos Tuimavave though that has received all the plaudits, but Griff is just as important to the Hull FC team.
His yardage is as good as anyone and he’s crucial when it comes to those tough carries in your own half.
We long for the day when everyone is fit and Radford has that selection nightmare, but whatever happens Griffin must be in the team.
5.. Light at the end of the tunnel
Lee Radford admitted post-match that things are looking up in the injury department.
Whilst there’s a concern on a fresh knee knock for Andre Savelio (other knee to the ACL injury), positive news is around the corner.
Both Jake Connor and Ratu Naulago have a shot at making the Catalans game, whilst Jamie Shaul, Josh Bowden and Chris Green could be back for the Easter weekend.
After going to Salford with eleven players out and London with nine, that’ll be a huge boost for the side.