Hull FC put in yet another pathetic display at home, losing 12-22 to Huddersfield on Friday night.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Full Back: Jamie Shaul – Was in support to score a fine try, and provided a slick pass for Faraimo to score. Was Hull’s biggest threat on the night, not that it’s saying much. Shaul has his critics and it was great to see him assist a try like that, something he doesn’t do often enough, but you can’t fault his endevour. He’d literally run through brick walls for this club.
Right Wing: Jack Logan – A positive return to Super League action after four months out. Logan broke away and kicked for Shaul to score, before his evening was cut short due to cramp. A couple of neat defensive plays too, and just the one error from a high bomb.
Right Centre: Carlos Tuimavave – Evades tackles at ease giving him space but then looks for the contact again. Hull need to learn to hit gaps hard. The attack right now is dire to watch. Carlos though was busy, but he made errors at crucial times of the game.
Left Centre: Kieran Buchanan – Brought into the side last minute after Josh Griffin pulled up in the warm up. It’s all a learning curve right now. Didn’t hide from carries and was moved to the wing after Logan went off.
Left Wing: Bureta Faraimo – Beaten easily by McGillvary for a first half try. It’s not all his fault, but he certainly contributes to both his own and the left edge’s defensive problems.
Half Back: Jack Connor – Saw loads of the ball, but he wasnt in sync with his team-mates. That’s a reflection on the side as a whole, but the half always gets the stick. There’s no secret Jake is under par right now though. His best position of course is right centre, but he has excelled in the halves at Hull before, and when he has, Kelly has always been his partner, not Sneyd.
Half Back: Marc Sneyd – Struggles without Albert Kelly. He needs that running threat alongside him. Sneyd doesn’t offer that, neither does Connor, and it makes Hull easy to defend against. The attack last night was passive, Sneyd and Connor drifted hopelessly across the field with nobody running off them. There was no edge threat and some of the middles hardly saw any ball. Perplexing.
Prop: Scott Taylor – Just the six carries from an England standard prop. Typical that his spell off the field was when Hull had the most ball and field position.
Hooker: Danny Houghton – A mountain of defensive work as usual, 53 tackles to be precise, but wasn’t effective with the ball, well unless Tevita Satae was playing it to him…
Prop: Mickey Paea – Struggled to offer much of a threat. Nine carries for 66 metres. His future isn’t conclusive, but all signs point to an exit.
Back Row: Sika Manu – Obviously will retire as a superb import at the end of the year. Good return to the side. Ate up the metres with 137 made – more than any other Hull player.
Back Row: Jordan Lane – Hard yards and got through a lot of work in defence. When fit he’s knocking on the door of the seventeen every week now.
Loose Forward: Joe Westerman – Passive. Started the season superbly but has struggled to replicate that level recently.
From the Interchange:
Prop: Josh Bowden – A Bowden thunderbastard was one of the most eyecatching moments of the night. When he connects he proper hits you.
Prop; Brad Fash – Had a real dig. Came off the bench and busted some tackles. Defensively immpecable. Been superb recently.
Prop: Tevita Satae – Great first stint. Ten carries for 117 metres. Quick play of the balls too. Was then brought on again at 12-22 with six or so minutes to go. What’s all that about? Fatigue? Some Aussies claim this Canterbury Cup lark is as intense as Super League. You sure lads?
Prop: Gareth Ellis – What he did do was good but he didn’t get enough of the ball. For instance Carlos had more carries than Gaz and Taylor combined. It was a big pack on offer, why didnt Hull use it?