Hull FC won Super League’s first ever Golden Point thanks to a Marc Sneyd drop-goal, as the Airlie Birds defeated Wigan 23-22 at the Pie Dome.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Fullback: Jamie Shaul – Literally a danger every time he runs the ball. He’s been nothing short of outstanding this season, and was cruelly taken off with what looked like a head knock after putting his body on the line. Superb effort once again.
Right Wing: Ratu Naulago – That didn’t look like a bloke on his Super League debut. Ratu was calm and composed and was in the right place to score his two tries. Seems a hardworking fella and that alone will win him brownie points with Radford. Another taken off with what looked like a leg injury.
Right Centre: Carlos Tuimavave – Got his first try of the season, but more importantly ran the ball out the backfield well. Still criminally under-rated.
Left Centre: Josh Griffin – Isn’t getting the plaudits he deserves. He’s been solid in the three games so far and has carried so potently. Excellent at making metres after contact, therefore taking pressure off the side when coming out our end.
Left Wing: Bureta Faraimo – Didn’t let an early error faze him and defended well, dealing with kicks in confident manner. He’s really impressed us this year.
Half Back: Jake Connor – Never a game goes by without a serious moment of quality from this fella, an absolute worldie pass for Ratu Naulago’s first try. Guilty of one or two wrong options but was a big part in at times strong attack.
Half Back: Marc Sneyd – The way he managed the game when Hull were under the cosh was nothing short of sensational. There’s not a better half back in the league when it comes down to that. Kicked majestically, linked well with the ball and also ran it too. A great performance – wrestling with his dogs is doing wonders, evidently.
Prop: Mickey Paea – His best performance of the season by far. Well done Mickey – much more like it.
Hooker: Danny Houghton – Absolutely outstanding. Veteran hooker now? Not on that showing. He was brilliant. Scoots caused Wigan problems and put them on the back foot. Incredible display. Running out of superlatives now.
Prop: Masimbaashe Matongo – Deliberately didn’t look at the stats before doing any of post-match online stuff. Based it on what we saw and what we saw was a domineering, defensively astute performance from a prop that definitely has his mo-jo about him.
Back Row: Sika Manu – Superb performance from Sika who played virtually the full game. He was magnificent in an energetic display.
Back Row: Mark Mincihiello – Caused Wigan problems and that’s all you can ask of a back rower. That was 2015 Minichiello. The one the ladies (and maybe a few blokes too) fell in love with.
Loose Forward: Joe Westerman – His signing was the best news of 2018 and his two displays in 2019 so far have shown why. Westerman is class and anyone who says otherwise is an idiot.
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From the Interchange:
Prop: Gareth Ellis – Huge impact from the bench and Hull FC raised their game during Ellis’ time on the field. Who’s laughing now?
Prop: Jordan Thompson – Made an impact when he came on and his footwork was superb. Moved to centre late on as Hull had to reshuffle due to injuries.
Back Row: Jordan Lane – Only a cameo appearance but during that time he broke the Wigan defensive line twice. Lane has got such a promising future. Got some gas too for a back rower, and not that stuff your granddad produces.
Hooker: Jez Litten – Again a cameo performance. Had to play in the halves during the reshuffle. Did nothing wrong and did enough vocally to steer us home.