Hull FC Player Reviews: The Derby

Form often goes out of the window in Derbies; players often try far too hard and as a consequence games become less of an occasion and more of a grind.

At times I thought that Hull FC tried too hard to dominate and didn’t focus on the things we did so well the previous week. But hey we are two from two and as they say a win is a win.

Starting XIII

Full Back: Jamie Shaul – Baby face with the Tom Selleck tach missed one towering up and under but was generally sound. He continued the improvement in his link up play. Can tell he’s worked hard on it.

Right Wing: Ratu Naulago – The Fijian wasn’t able to create the spectacular this week but he carried the ball well and kept going forward. Interesting new chant from the choir boys.

Right Centre: Carlos Tuimavave – Continues to impress week in week out. We all don’t realise how good he actually is.

Left Centre: Josh Griffin – Ground out metres for fun as per usual. Also superb with ball in hand. Cut them to ribbons along with Sneyd. I wonder if the North Stand has found his ears yet, he was clearly asking for them.

Left Wing: Adam Swift – Tried very hard to get into the game but struggled to make the impact he so desperately wanted. He didn’t do anything spectacular, but he didn’t do anything wrong either.

Half Back: Jake Connor – The Snake is relishing his chance to play a pivotal role. What a line to take the ball from Sneyd and he finished with aplomb. Encouraging start in his favoured position.

Half Back: Marc Sneyd – Head and shoulders above everyone else. He had a hand in every try. He created, he prompted, and he tormented. Are you watching Mr Wane? He’s made for international rugby league. I’m sober too. Cherish what we have people. He’s quality.

Prop: Scott Taylor – Tag is benefitting from having so many other quality forwards around him. He is not carrying the pack on his own and it showed. He took the opposition forwards on and produced some fine meters. Loves these occasions.

Hooker: Danny Houghton – 350 not out. A fantastic achievement for our skipper, and he bagged a try too. He looked to scoot at every opportunity and did the lions share of defending. As usual.

Prop: Ligi Sao – What an engine. He doesn’t stop. Almost impossible to contain with his offloads creating carnage. The signing that will go under the radar this year.

Right Back Row: Jordan Lane – The Lane train had his night cut short to injury. A shame. Also how was that try given when he clearly stopped the ball going to ground baffles me. Video refs. VAR. JUST GET RID.

Left Back Row: Josh Jones – A proper workhorse he drove the ball out all night long. His interception just before half-time was a huge play and his metres after contact were ridiculously good.

Loose Forward: Andre Savelio – A fully fit Andre Savelio causes serious problems for the rest of Super League. He was very good again.


Prop: Chris Satae – Got the hang of this Derby thing pretty quickly. Drive into the opposition at every opportunity and drove them back when they had the ball. Now fully fit he’s an asset and when he comes on the intensity doesn’t fall, it actually rises.

Prop: Josh Bowden – That knee looks solid again now. Tough, uncompromising and effective display. Just what Radders expects.

Hooker: Jordan Johnstone – Used this week as an interchange. Clean at the play of the ball and his darting runs gained valuable yards.

Mahe Fonua – His first carry brought a roar, his second a penalty, a cameo appearance but back where he belongs. Welcome home Mahe.


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