Hull FC got a vital Super League win at Wakefield on Sunday afternoon.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Full Back: Jamie Shaul – He wasn’t 100% and had to come off in the second half with a calf issue. The abundance of those lower limb injuries (calves, Achilles etc) this year can’t be a coincidence.
Right Wing: Ratu Naulago – Two tries for the flying Fijian. The second was magnificent. He weaved his way out of tackles before showing his devastating pace to score. What a find he is.
Right Centre: Carlos Tuimavave – The best player on the pitch. Tuimavave was magnificent. Evaded so many tackles, scored a fine interception try and assisted two others. The Kiwi centre is all class.
Left Centre: Josh Griffin – Ran well and tough as usual. His yardage is unquestionable, regularly topping 100 metres a game.
Left Wing: Bureta Faraimo – Such a powerhouse. Ran the ball with intent all afternoon and scored a poachers try.
Half Back: Jack Connor – Couple of decent moments but it’s not the Jake the Snake we all know and love right now. Left the ground wearing a protective boot.
Half Back: Marc Sneyd – In the first half he was sublime scoring a terrific individual try and producing two well struck 40/20s. Stepped up when Hull needed him.
Prop: Scott Taylor – Some suggested Taylor was off the boil a few weeks ago. He certainly isn’t right now. He’s been outstanding in recent games. Another top effort.
Hooker: Danny Houghton – Hull FC’s captain is bang in form right now. The effort and commitment to this club is incredible. He puts everything into every game.
Prop: Masimbaashe Matongo – Steady if not spectacular from Masi. He took his carries strongly and defended well.
Right Back Row: Jordan Lane – Another solid display from the Lane train. Defensively sound whilst he got through those ugly yards when needed.
Left Back Row: Mark Minichiello – Few errors tarnished his afternoon. Just not his day. On to Salford next week.
Loose Forward: Gareth Ellis – His first stint was outstanding. Loads of horrible tough metres due to a slow ruck and skinny ten whilst impeccable defensively.
From the Interchange:
Prop: Josh Bowden – Named on the Starting XIII, but bizarrely came off the interchange. Makes you wonder if something isn’t quite right with his knee. It was such a serious injury.
Prop: Brad Fash – The prop has played well recently and continued that at Wakefield. Adds energy to the side and was not bullied by a big Trinity pack.
Prop: Jack Brown – Mixed it with some big Wakefield forwards and came out with credit. Fireball of a prop forward who plays with energy. Took the ball in well and was good in defence on just his second Super League appearance.
Half Back: Danny Washbrook – The veteran came on shortly into the second half as Shaul went off. Connor moved to fullback and Washbrook kept things simple.