Hull FC produced a gutsy performance to defeat Catalans 30-31 in Perpignan.
Here are the Five Things Up the Cream learned.
1.. The man for the big occasion
There is no-one in Super League more cool under pressure than Marc Sneyd.
If he played in the 2017 World Cup, then England would have won the tournament. Simple as that.
Why? Because his game management is exceptional and his boot does the talking. Sure there’s better runners of the ball, but when it comes down to the clock, territory and last tackle options, there’s no-one better.
Sneyd is a back to back Lance Todd trophy winner and he always steps up when we need him most.
Only the ice man could win a game for Hull FC when kicking off with four seconds to go. Word gets thrown around a lot, but he’s undisputedly a Hull FC legend.
2.. We’re getting like the Premier League
Playacting in Super League is getting ridiculous – we’ve seen Danny Richardson for one go down more times than the average Witham nighttime worker, but it’s the play-of-the-ball that’s starting to get on many fans’ wick.
Teams right across Super League are playing for penalties and the officials are falling for it. We’re seeing players purposely play the ball into a defender still on the floor, or the hooker using said defender to his advantage.
Catalans came with the intention to spoil the ruck and they got away with it. They were flapping around even when not under contact. It was farcical at times and tarnished the game, as Radford explains below.
“If Golden Point is the best rule, the worst might be when the other side earn a penalty when you have a man trying to get out the back of the ruck – I can’t tell you how frustrated I am with that today.
“I’ve spoken to the RFL about it and we need a coaches meeting for it to be sorted out. The NRL have sorted it and it’s working for them so we need to revert to what they’re doing over there.
“It could have cost us a game today which I don’t believe we deserved to lose. Ultimately, it is cheating.”
Referee Chris Kendall did nothing to prevent such shithousery, and also bottled sending off Brayden Wiliame for a stone cold red card offence.
Bet Liam Watts was fuming.
3.. Away form
Who can remember the last time Hull FC won five Super League away games in a row? Mental. We’re not used to this.
The Airlie Birds have now defeated Wigan, Huddersfield, London, Salford and Catalans on the road, with just the one win coming at home from four attempts.
It’s the home form now that needs addressing. Solve that and we are definitely a play-off contender.
4.. Grit and determination
You could certainly question Hull FC after the Warrington debacle, but there’s no disputing the grit and determination of the side right now.
Does anyone know we’ve got a few injuries? Aye this win was achieved without the likes of Jamie Shaul, Scott Taylor, Josh Bowden, Chris Green, Ratu Naulago amongst others.
Hull also lost Joe Westerman in the warm up. It was certainly an undesirable situation but the side rolled their sleeves up and got the job done – even if under the most craziest of circumstances.
5.. Young and old
The age gap between Hull FC’s youngest and oldest at Catalans was almost 20 years – Gaz Ellis at almost 38 years and Connor Wynne and Jack Brown at 18.
Brown was handed his Super League debut and produced a superb performance, as did Wynne, with both teenagers getting their first tries for the club.
The old war-horse himself though was immense. Ellis is the king of Hull FC and hopefully will never leave the club. He’s just too important to not keep around.