Hull FC made it seven Derby wins in a row with a 34-22 victory over Rovers at Newcastle’s St James Park.
Here are the Five Things Up the Cream learned.
1.. Another one bites the dust
Hull FC seem to have picked up a habit of getting the best from Rovers half back cast offs. First Albert Kelly, now Liam Harris, and we actually paid a fee for this one.
A boyhood Black and White, Liam spent several years coming through the ranks at Rovers, before he rejected a new contract at the end of last year. Despite his club plying its trade in the Championship, chances for him were limited and he sought his future elsewhere. Now that future is at Hull FC and what an exciting future that could be.
In the Derby Liam was very direct, took the ball to the line resulting in his try, and organised well alongside Jake Connor. It was a really encouraging debut and they’ll be plenty more to come. Cheers lads.
2.. Connor unstoppable
There are few more naturally gifted players in this competition than Jake Connor. We all know he’s a wind up merchant but he’s an absolute baller too. His skill-sets are freakish. We’ve always known that, but what we maybe didn’t realise was how mature he actually is. He’s made the leading half back role his own and has steered the side around the field superbly over the last two and a half games.
That maturity has gone a long way to securing the past two Super League wins, and of course our passage to the Challenge Cup quarter-final.
There’s always been a debate to what is actually Jake Connor’s best position. He may tell you differently, but I’d find it hard to argue against half back right now. One thing is for certain though, wherever he does play, he’s always a class act and will wind you up to the point of breakdown.
3.. Westerman impact absolutely massive
No superlatives do justice to the impact Joe Westerman has had in his three games since coming back to the club. He’s been absolutely magnificent.
Unlike Marc Sneyd, who’s name on my right ankle reminds me that I wasn’t always convinced, I can categorically say I’m a founding member of the Westerman fan club. He’s a player isn’t he. A proper old school loose forward of the Steve Norton mould. Yes I said it. He’s class people. Capable of throwing out a long pass, or the flick offload, and let’s not forget he can kick too.
An in-form Joe Westerman is the closest thing I’ve seen to Sean O’Loughlin, the England captain, and if he keeps that form up, then there’s no reason why he can’t reach the highs of 2014 once again.
4.. Yeamo! Yeamo! Yeamo!
As pointed out by my good mate Jed Rust, there’s fewer nicer families out there than the Yeaman’s. They are a great bunch of people that have Hull FC firmly rooted into their hearts.
Kirk Yeaman would do anything for the Airlie Birds’ cause. He’s a proper Hull lad that loves the club and has been an unbelievable servant to us. You’ve got to give him credit for putting his hand up to play. He retired 20-months ago. But here he is. What a sort. With all due respect his best days are probably beyond him, but he’ll do an invaluable job for us whilst Tuimavave, Talanoa and co nurse their long-term injuries. A class act. No wonder he’s held in such high regard.
5.. Cameron Scott debut
It’s easy to forget with everything else that went on, but teenage centre Cameron Scott made his debut for Hull FC at the Magic Weekend.
He’s only a pup in rugby league terms, but he handled himself well. He wasn’t perfect, and he was exploited a couple of times on the right edge, but he can be more than content with his first showing. What an experience for him, to make his first Super League bow in a huge stadium in front of a 25k crowd.
Fair play to Bradford who we signed him from too. They produce some players don’t they. Sam Burgess. Leon Pryce. The Burgess Twins. Elliot Whitehead. Let’s hope we’re talking about Cameron Scott in the same vein in a few years time.