Hull FC got their tenth Super League wIn of the season on Friday night, defeating Salford 35-32.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Full Back: Jamie Shaul – A terrific try from the original member of the baby-faced assassins. Speed demon, and showed great composure to score.
Right Wing: Ratu Naulago – The speed shown for his try was devastating. The Fijian worked hard all night and was solid both with and without the ball.
Right Centre: Jake Connor – Scored a fine first half try but limited opportunities after that. What he did do though was all quality.
Left Centre: Josh Griffin – Solid display but soured with a red card for a dangerous throw. Hopefully Hull can throw the recent James Roby incident at the RFL and avoid a further ban.
Left Wing: Bureta Faraimo – Couple of errors invited Salford back into the game but on the contrary he carried well as always and dealt with some difficult kicks.
Half Back: Albert Kelly – Hull FC’s Man of the Match, Kelly’s running game was on point to score two superb tries. He was at his brilliant best but bombed a further try in the second half. Luckily it didn’t matter.
Half Back: Marc Sneyd – Solid as he has been all season. Kicking game took the pressure off Hull, but all-round game was great too, demonstrated by two try assists. He leads the comp in that department.
Prop: Mickey Paea – The big Tongan prop has been outstanding for about ten weeks now. Fair to play him. He’s completely turned his form around. Potent drives and strong metre making.
Hooker: Danny Houghton – Two excellent scoots out the ruck led to points. Took off with a bang to the knee late on. More precaution than anything.
Prop: Chris Green – Decent opening stint but took a knock and that dented his evening.
Back Row: Sika Manu – A great break to set up a first half try. The mister can still produce the goods when needed. Been terrific on occasions this season.
Back Row: Mark Minichiello – Ran some great lines and scored a good try, but also coughed up the ball too. A bipolar display in a bipolar team.
Loose Forward: Joe Westerman – Westy’s best game in weeks. He led from the front and mixed up his game well. Strong metres and passing on his 150th Hull FC appearance.
From the interchange:
Prop: Josh Bowden – Solid display off the bench. Getting back into the swing of things now. It’s great to see him back.
Prop: Andre Savelio – Likewise. Andre was solid. Hopefully a stinger on the ankle is nothing to worry about.
Prop: Brad Fash – Got through some minutes and that will do his confidence some good. Bounced off a few tackles.
Back Row: Dean Hadley – Defended well when he came on and added some energy to the side on his 100th Super League appearance.