Hull FC finally won again at Headingley after twelve years, defeating the Whinos 26-24 on their own patch to maintain a grip on third spot.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Full Back: Jamie Shaul – Wasn’t fazed by a rare error from a high bomb. Defensively sound after that, the England full-back supported a Griffin break to score a fine second half try.
Right Wing: Ratu Naulago – The Fijian Flyer goes from strength to strength. Excellent finish to beat Konrad Hurrell to score the games winning try.
Right Centre: Carlos Tuimavave – One interception pass will be giving him nightmares, but the assist for Naulago was decent. Carlos was his usual slippery self, breaking out of tackles and making good ground.
Left Centre: Josh Griffin – Copped a knock in the first half but battled on. Outstanding at times, as his assist for Shaul shows. Hard done by not to be in either of the England squads, yet his drawing of Radders at the recent quiz night was sublime.
Left Wing: Bureta Faraimo – His try was superb, collecting a Sneyd kick to score, but his defence in the second half was not. He gets exposed and hung out to dry by those inside him, but he doesn’t help himself either.
Half Back: Jake Connor – A try assist for Manu and a couple of neat plays, but as we’ve said more times than boos from the south stand, it’s the centre position where his best exploits lie.
Half Back: Marc Sneyd – Ran the show again with his kicking proving the difference. Different gravy. Sheer class. Game managing maestro. Complete and utter madness that he doesn’t get rep honours, although England’s loss is Hull FC’s gain.
Prop: Scott Taylor – Back to his former self. Good drives and defensive workload. Tag’s impact was felt in the middle.
Hooker: Danny Houghton – Another huge effort from the skipper. Hull are a different proposition altogether with Houghton in the side. Leads by example.
Prop: Mickey Paea – Great opening stint to help Hull build a 12-0 lead. His change in form has been nothing short of sublime. Deserved plaudits on 100th Hull appearance.
Back Row: Sika Manu – Superb twenty metre dash to the try line showcased his power. Still got it. The mister. Second scariest bloke on the planet, the first being his replacement next season. Great performance.
Back Row: Mark Minichiello – Good pass to Griffin to break away for Shaul’s try. Did run well at times too. Solid display.
Loose Man: Joe Westerman – Not at his best but still strong enough to have a say in Hull’s win. The fact he’s battling through his knee problems says a lot about him.
From the Interchange:
Prop: Josh Bowden – Eight games back from serious ACL injury now and looks the part. Named in the England Knights squad once again whilst making post-contact metres at ease.
Prop: Gareth Ellis – The old timer is 38-years-old and still bends opposition players for fun. Provided energy, crazy flick passes and mental offloads. Still looks right up there as any player of his calibre would.
Prop: Brad Fash – Settling into the side well, Fash is 23-years-old now, he’s still raw in prop years but he’s bang in form. Contributing to the team and having an impact when he comes on.
Back Row: Jordan Lane – After two Reserves outings, it was a welcome return to first team action for the Lane train. Was solid and did nothing wrong.