Hull FC were humiliated at Castleford on Thursday night, losing 44-12 to drop out of a play-off place.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Full Back: Jamie Shaul – The baby-faced assassin may not be the best attacking number one in Super League, but he gives his all every week. It’s a shame others don’t play with the same effort and endeavour. Sin binned in the second half for a professional foul on Jordan Rankin.
Right Wing: Ratu Naulago – Looks great when all hell breaks lose, but right now that’s a rarity and he’s struggling with the tough nitty gritty stuff. Few errors creeping in when he’s asked to bring the ball out. One resulted in a Castleford try. *Ben from East Hull likes this.*
Right Centre: Jake Connor – A clearly infuriated figure walked off when sin binned for dissent late on. A build up of frustration was then let out on Mark Minichiello. Tough time for Connor this. He’s always been one to show emotion and Hull, both the club and the fans, need to stick with him.
Left Centre: Carlos Tuimavave – One of Hull’s better performers on the night, as he has been all season. Great offload for Logan’s try.
Left Wing: Jack Logan – Showed good speed to score his breakaway try. Whilst he was partial to a frustrating error, his effort is unquestionable. Wants nothing more than to pull on a Hull FC shirt. You have to admire that.
Half Back: Albert Kelly – Threw himself in front of everything. Whilst the desire of others was dubious, Kelly’s was not. He’s not 100% fit either, which says a lot.
Half Back: Marc Sneyd – Continuously poor last tackle options. Not much better with his passing either. Out of sorts, yet the scapegoat has been Jake Connor. Okay then.
Prop: Scott Taylor – Beaten by a much better side. Tough for Taylor, he’ll be seething with what’s going on right now.
Hooker: Danny Houghton – Mountain of tackles and a few decent scoots as well. If the trust is placed in this kid from Widnes next year, Houghton can conserve some energy too, or come on for a spell at first receiver. Those options look so welcome right now, as errors from fatigue hindered his display.
Prop: Mickey Paea – A couple of pitiful defensive efforts led to Castleford points and from then on there was no way back. Looked tired and therefore dominated by the opposition pack.
Back Row: Sika Manu – Last week we said he rarely has a bad game, so of course this week he was out of sorts. Sika looked shot. Wasn’t fit and it told with his defensive misses in Castleford scoring points. His body is gone. Doesn’t deserve to go out like this.
Back Row: Josh Griffin – He may make metres, but defensively questions will be asked in the back row position.
Loose Forward: Gareth Ellis – Even at the grand old age of 38, his defensive contact and footwork with the ball are quality. The problem? He didn’t see the ball enough. Probably a reflection on how poor retention was elsewhere.
From the Interchange:
Prop: Josh Bowden – Found it tough to replicate those heights pre-ACL injury. He needs a huge off-season, but despite that Bowden put himself about, but was also partial to error.
Prop: Tevita Satae – Broke through some tackles and looked to offload. Got the potential to be an absolute wrecking ball. Came on for second stint with twelve minutes to go. Speechless.
Prop: Masimbaashe Matongo – Got himself over for a first half try, but like the majority of the Hull pack was just outgunned by Castleford.
Back Row: Mark Minichiello – Came on and tried to put himself about. Ran well, but the obligatory errors were there to see. He wasn’t alone.