Hull FC showcased both their best and worst in a 35-22 victory over London on Thursday night.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Full Back: Jamie Shaul – Baby faced assassin been solid all year and that continued here. Not at fault for the London resurgence.
Right Wing: Ratu Naulago – Another sublime full length try. Is there anyone in Super League that can catch him? Shame a couple of errors crept in but all in all another good night for the flying Fijian.
Right Centre: Carlos Tuimavave – Silky sort that rarely puts a foot wrong. Another solid night with a try to add.
Left Centre: Josh Griffin – Another strong performance from Griff. Runs direct and hard and makes plenty of tough metres. Always a threat on the edge. Left the field late on with a lower limb problem. The result of which is probably down to a training field that is as hard as Joesph Paulo’s head. Just ask Gaz Ellis.
Left Wing: Bureta Faraimo – Poor Kieran Dixon, he was okay under the high bomb but he got absolutely skittled by the big winger in the first half. Faraimo ran well, broke out of loads of tackles, but like many of his mates was guilty of some errors in the second half.
Half Back: Jake Connor – A game of two halves. Connor was sublime in the first half and was involved in everything, but he was anonymous in the second. Easy to point out a half though when your team is starved of field possession.
Half Back: Marc Sneyd – A 29th Hull FC drop-goal takes him just one behind Gary Pearce on the all-time chart. Sneyd was okay with the ball but was caught out defensively.
Prop: Scott Taylor – Much better display. That’s the Tag we all know and love. Good work rate and potent leg drives.
Hooker: Danny Houghton – Some sublime running in the first half to add to good distribution and a mental tackle count. Some engine. Some bloke.
Prop: Mickey Paea – Some great carries and post-contact meters. The singing sensation has completely turned his form around. Now a reliable prop in the side. Noticeable how Hull were better during his stints on the field.
Back Row: Sika Manu – Steady performance from Sika. Rand some good lines to have a hand in two Hull tries.
Back Row: Mark Minichiello – The sublime to the ridiculous, like many of his team-mates. Was a threat in the first half and a liability in the second. A shame, but errors and missed tackles were telling.
Loose Forward: Joe Westerman – Outrageous dummy and step for his try. His tenth of the season. When he’s on song he’s a class act but the knee is clearly an issue. Each to their own, but personally will be sad to see him go.
From the Interchange:
Prop: Josh Bowden – Easing himself back into the action since returning from an ACL injury. His contributions were more defensive than with the ball, such was Hull’s poor completion and therefore lack of field position in the second half.
Prop: Chris Green – Little chance with the ball as Hull coughed it up far too frequently during his time on the field.
Prop: Brad Fash – G-Dog won’t like it but been a fan of Fash since he’s come back into the team. Playing with energy and poking some holes in the opposition defence.
Back Row: Dean Hadley – Came on in the second half and struggled. Poor offload and minimal impact. Rumours rife on a cross-city switch, and with Josh Jones and Manu Ma’u coming in, it looks the right decision. Shame, as he’s come through our system and works hard, but sport is ruthless at times.