Hull FC were beat 22-14 by Warrington in the Challenge Cup on Saturday afternoon.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Full Back: Jamie Shaul – Made a great break in the first half but just couldn’t quite finish it off. Also had a try disallowed. Effort was unquestionable as always. The lad lives and breathes Hull FC.
Right Wing: Ratu Naulago – It was his error that gifted Warrington their first try but it was a tough day for handling. His speed to round the Flying Pig was devastating. Tried his best with limited openings. Still the find of the season.
Right Centre: Carlos Toooooomavave – Grafted all game for the Hull FC cause and weaved himself out of loads of tackles. He’s class is Carlos. He put in a right shift for us.
Left Centre: Josh Griffin – Was immense in the centre but found it tough in the back row. That’s not a detriment to him but a credit to Warrington. Griffin has had another superb season.
Left Wing: Bureta Faraimo – Got through loads of work as Warrington peppered Hull’s left edge. The big winger fought for every inch, most of which was in our own half.
Half Back: Albert Kelly – If Hull are to achieve an extended stay in the play-offs then this man has to be involved. Kelly is just a class act and he was absolutely FREE. Thank you.
Half Back: Marc Sneyd – Missed two kicks at goal and he’ll be gutted with that but his display was full of character. Sneyd took the line on and looked good with the ball. The opposition were just slightly better.
Prop: Scott Taylor – Tag is Beverley through and through, but no-one epitomises more what it means to play for Hull FC. He loves the club and he showed it. Excellent try and he tried his best to get us back to Wembley.
Hooker: Danny Houghton – Mint was absolutely sublime. He gave everything in both attack and defence and didn’t deserve to lose that. Hull had pride in defeat and the hooker was at the forefront.
Prop: Mickey Paea – Custard pies at the ready. The Tongan prop has been 100% better for months now. He’s completely turned his form around. The scoot before Taylor’s try got us on the front foot.
Back Row: Jordan Lane – The young back rower had his moments against a bloody good side. He’s got so much promise.
Back Row: Mark Minichiello – Mini ran his blood to water and some of his carries were superb, but that knock on late on will be remembered. Won’t hang him out to dry though. Been a tremendous servant to Hull FC.
Loose Forward: Joe Westerman – Tried his best to link in Hull FC’s attack and got the ball wider to his half backs. It just wasn’t our day.
From the Interchange:
Prop: Josh Bowden – The Hull-born prop is immense. He’s come back into the side after a year out injured like it’s nothing.
Prop: Gareth Ellis – The old timer tried his best and smashed into everything. To get a reflection of the great man, you just have to listen to what opposition players say about him.
Prop: Brad Fash – His inclusion was merit for some very good displays in recent weeks. Sadly it just wasn’t to be on this occasion.
Centre: Jake Connor – Played on the left edge and was obviously used there to try diffuse Warrington’s kicks to that flank. Little went well for Connor though. Gutted for him. However form is temporary, class is permanent, let’s remember that.