Hull FC were edged out 14-15 to Wigan on Thursday night.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Full Back: Jamie Shaul – No defensive errors and maximum effort as always. Hull-born lad who gets it, but isn’t blessed with that natural pivot play of a modern-day full back. It told against Wigan.
Right Wing: Ratu Naulago – Handled errors spoiled his night. Ran strongly and got tackled superbly by Zak Hardaker as Hull broke in the second half.
Right Centre: Carlos Tuimavave – The best defensive centre Hull have had.. well since Kirk Yeaman. He’s a freak. Runs well and tackles hard, and yet gets no praises outside of Hull. Madness.
Left Centre/Back Row: Josh Griffin – Made more metres (151) than anyone else on the pitch and most of them were whilst in the back row. Promising if his long-term future is to lay there.
Left Wing: Bureta Faraimo – Great with the ball as you’d expect a powerhouse to be. His contact with Liam Marshall gave Wigan an eight point try and he was beaten again by the same winger in the second half.
Half Back: Albert Kelly – The Aussie half back had one of those nights were nothing went his way. Was taken off after one or too many handling errors. Is he fully fit? Who knows…
Half Back: Marc Sneyd – Five goals on the night, but the decision to go for goal and not go for broke meant Hull didn’t have enough to beat Wigan. Also clobbered by Isa and that was dubious. When Sneyd took the line on he looked good, but he didn’t ask enough questions and needed to do it more often. No worries though, he’ll win Hull the game next week as that’s what he does.
Prop: Scott Taylor – His try typified everything about Tag. He absolutely loves this club and shows it with his displays. He’s been outstanding during the past two games now.
Hooker: Danny Houghton – Sensational performance. Houghton was brilliant. Tackled like the Hitman he is but was also slick and effective with the ball.
Prop: Chris Green – First stint was good, but he struggled in his second. That’s a reflection on Wigan who really muscled up as the game went on.
Right Back Row: Jordan Lane – Big display from the Lane Train. He’s a very promising young player and we all know what he is capable of. Stood up against a physical side.
Left Back Row: Mark Minichiello – The obligatory handling errors during key periods continue to tarnish his displays. When he keeps hold of the ball though he was strong. Leaves a legend after officially announcing his retirement at the end of the year.
Loose Man: Joe Westerman – Pretty much everything goes through Westerman, and you have to ask is it making Hull a bit too predictable at times? Mix it up. His effort and commitment on the pitch are both unquestionable.
From the Interchange:
Prop: Gareth Ellis – Continuously popped up to carry the ball and if not for some very good Wigan defence would have found more joy.
Prop: Brad Fash – A crucial error led to Wigan’s second try, but besides that Fash was good. He asked some questions and tried to redeem himself.
Prop: Masimbaashe Matongo – First Super League match since Warrington away. Got through some carries, but was clobbered high in the second half and as a result left the field.
Left Centre/Half Back: Jake Connor – Came on at left centre and didn’t see much action, but was heavily involved at half back as Hull fought back.