Hull FC produced a superb, gutsy performance to defeat Warrington 19-12 on Saturday afternoon.
Here are the old mans individual player reviews.
Fullback: Jamie Shaul – Welcome back original member of the baby-faced assassin club. He was solid, that tackle in the second half was worth the journey on its own. No disrespect to anyone else who has played there but we look so much better with him at full back. He’s one of the best in the comp.
Right Wing: Ratu Naulago – What a find this man is. He has hands as safe as the Bank of England. Only a one season deal, get the lad signed up long term. Find of the century having literally come from nowhere.
Right Centre: Jake Connor – The Snake got under the skin of Warrington, but then Warrington also got under the skin of Jake. Broke play up and got into their minds. Shame he was sin binned but was to be expected. Quick hands, at times some of the passes he makes are mind blowing.
Left Centre: Josh Griffin – He is playing with freedom and making the hard yards. Coached Kieran all game, the left hand side was solid against some of the competitions best.
Left Wing: Kieran Buchanan – The young man recovered from a horror moment in the first half. Showed great heart and desire. Made good meters taking the ball away from our red zone and also sat down Ben Westwood. Not possibly a back long term, he has a bright future.
Half Back: Albert Kelly – Standard super try and all round good performance. Puts his body through a lot and kept the team on the front foot all afternoon. He gives us an X-factor and gives others space to exploit. Ran the first half.
Half Back: Mark Sneyd – Yet another drop goal, Gary Pearce he is coming. It has to be said he organises, guides, and generally bosses this team. Super 50 yard break, thought he should have gone all the way, but the way he led the side was superb.
Prop: Scott Taylor – He just gets better and better. Against one of the best and most physical packs in the league, Tag was first class. Makes the hard yards and takes the opposition on at every opportunity. Radders called him ‘thick’ after the match given what happened with Setafeki Akauola. Bet he’s the only man who can get away with saying that.
Hooker: Danny Washbrook – One of the standout players on the afternoon, I thought we would have struggled without Houghton, but Washy did everything asked of him. He was impressive, decisive and tried to keep us going forward all afternoon.
Prop: Mickey Paea – This is the pre-Australia return form. This is why we re-signed him, awesome first stint. Class try too, England internationals were dragged over the line with him.
Back Row: Mark Minichiello – Ageless masterclass from the Italian Stallion, recovered from a couple of errors to produce some telling breaks.
Back Row: Dean Hadley – The unsung hero, not flashy he does the hard graft. Some fantastic hits, thought his spell at hooker kept the momentum going.
Loose Forward: Joe Westerman – He played as more of a middle and for the full 80 minutes. Gave an accomplished performance. If the rumours are true I am going to miss him.
From the Interchange:
Prop: Chris Green – The big man continued his good form since his return. Some good carries, and he made some vital yards.
Prop – Masimbaashe Matongo – He’s still learning his trade but on his 49th appearance he didn’t let anyone down. Some good carries, but it was his defence which stood out.
Back Row: Jordan Thompson – Solid performance, although he did prompt an outburst from yours truly when he carelessly knocked on.
Prop: Brad Fash – A memorable ankle tackle stopped one attack in particular, never took a backwards step in his time on the field.