Hull FC got their first win of pre-season with a 26-20 victory over Toronto Wolfpack. Here are the Five Things Up the Cream learned.
1.. Albert Kelly will put bums on seats
Of course there was apprehension to his signing back in November, but given his latest performance, that apprehension is soon evaporating.
Yes there’s tougher challenges to come, but boy he looks a player. As cliche as it is you can only play what is in front of you, and against Toronto Kelly was brilliant.
Albert’s try was superb – great support play and pace to finish it off. He then assisted Fonua’s second try with a terrific looping pass.
Kelly’s highlight reel is never ending. He’s got the X-Factor and he’ll be a revelation at Hull. I feel confident in saying that. Ole ole ole ole.
2.. Tuimavave stepped up
I struggle to pronounce his name – as the HKRFM guests will tell you – but I was so impressed with Carlos Toooomavive against Toronto. He was excellent.
He was a real threat in the centre spot and he also got involved at stand-off. This brings up interesting debate and for me, and especially after watching his latest display, the future for Carlos could be on the right edge, with Fonua outside him.
He’s got the skill factor and he will get the service from Kelly. For Carlos it’s also a less pressured environment and he’ll flourish there.
Capable of getting on the outside and beating his man, his flashy footwork was great to watch. With open space in front of him he’ll be devastating.
3.. Talanoa set for most prolific season yet
A lot is expected of Josh Griffin this season and you can see why. Like Carlos he offered brilliant service to his winger, with Talanoa ghosting down the left flank on many occasions.
This will be a regular occurrence in 2017. He was held up once and came close several times.
Hull’s back line this year is so intriguing. There’s strike options everywhere. If the execution is right, points will follow in abundance.
4.. Jansin Turgut gave a good account of himself
There’s been a lot of conversation about Hull’s youngsters and philosophy going into these pre-season games, but for the likes of Jansin Turgut, this experience is pivotal to his development.
He’ll be 21-years-old in a couple of months and needs to get himself up on the pecking order. He’ll get first team opportunities this year, no doubt, and he can handle them, at least on this evidence.
Jansin came up with some potent carries against Toronto, and broke the line. He’s got strength and pace, and a bit of agility too. Of course there’s still some development to be done, but his performance was certainly intriguing.
5. Offload game is so exciting
Hull’s desire to promote the ball and keep it alive was so exciting to watch. When it clicks it’s pure excellence, but it’s also high risk and therefore carries the potential for errors.
That’s best exemplified with Mahe Fonua’s performance, but you take the rough with the smooth. Remember Wembley and that ball into touch? Well ten minutes later he scored one and set up the winner, so there you go.
We saw glimpses of brilliance from Liam Watts and Chris Green, the latter of which set up Shaul’s try, and such ability from the forwards will bring points.
I’m a fan of the style and it’s worked before. It’s exciting, it’s expansive and it’s what we pay the ticket money for.