So that’s 2019 over and done with for Jekyll and Hyde Hull FC, losing at home for a ninth time this season, this time a 6-22 defeat to St Helens.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Full-Back: Jamie Shaul – Juts gives his all every week. In broken field he’s still got it. The little break to set up Scott Taylor’s try was superb. Hopefully the new coaching staff (if they do come to help Radders) will help take his game to the next level.
Right Wing: Ratu Naulago – After his mid-season personal try of the year competition Ratu has been quiet recently, saying that the two passes that could have put him away, well one was thrown into row z and the other a miss communication with him and his centre.
Right Centre: Carlos Tuimavave – All class. Hull FC’s best performer on the night. Engages defenders, evades tackles, and gets about the field easily. Such a talented player.
Left Centre: Josh Griffin – Dealt with really well by St Helens and failed to offer much of a threat.
Left Wing: Bureta Faraimo – Good with the ball and showcased his power but he’s a complete liability in defence. It’s not all his fault, that left edge needs work, but he’s a big reason why so many tries get leaked down that side. Please stop cutting in.
Half Back: Albert Kelly – Tried to mix up his game but St Helens are St Helens and they are ridiculously good in defence as well as in attack. Sin binned for dissent late on. Where’s the uproar? If it was Jake………
Half Back: Marc Sneyd – Moved to hooker, tried hard and ran the ball which was pleasing but failing to make touch from a penalty and dropping the ball over the try line really hurt Hull. Hate to say it, but his form has been shocking recently.
Prop: Scott Taylor – Great display from Tag leading from the front. Can’t wait to see what he’s like alongside the pack Hull have assembled for next year.
Hooker: Danny Houghton – Night was cut short early on with another calf problem. Worrying.
Prop: Tevita Satae – Superb. Got a first start for the club and showed what he’s all about. Offers some power and punch down the middle. Tevita has got a feel for it now and that should help him going into next season.
Right Back Row: Jordan Lane – Defensively sound and knows how to run a line. Be nice if he had some decent ball to run on to.
Left Back Row: Mark Minichiello – The Italian Stallion made his Hull FC farewell, and whilst he’s been sensational during his time here, the display in part showed why he’s retiring. Effort unquestionable, runs hard, but the errors kill us. He’s not on his own in that department though.
Loose Forward: Gareth Ellis – Impressive stuff from the old war horse. Still got it at 38-years-young. Looked to promote the ball, and is so solid in defence. If Hull can use him similarly to how Wigan use Sean O’Loughlin next season, then his inclusion could be genius.
Prop: Josh Bowden – Solid. Needs a massive pre-season to get back to those pre-ACL injury heights.
Prop: Masimbaashe Matongo – Steady display from Masi. He’ll be 24 next season and he’s got to really kick on now.
Hooker/Prop: Brad Fash – One stint at hooker then at prop. Fash has had a decent season. Good player to have around the place.
Hooker/Half Back: Jake Connor – Played at hooker for a bit then moved to the halves. Connor was much better. A bit like his old self again.