Hull FC were defensively undone during their Headingley ‘home’ game, losing 22-40 to Leeds on Thursday night.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Full Back: Jake Connor – Passing wise good with two peaches to Fonua and Scott that led to tries, but defensively soft. Got to better without the ball.
Right Wing: Cameron Scott – No pressure was put on the Leeds kickers and they absolutely peppered the poor lad. Shades of Leeds and Tom Briscoe in the cup semi back in 2017. Never gave up though, and carried well making 151 metres. A tough night.
Right Centre: Carlos Tuimavave – Hull’s top metre maker with 170. He glides around the field effortlessly and broke out of several tackles to make breaks. A class act.
Left Centre: Mahe Fonua – A relatively solid performance from Fonua on his 150th career appearance and definitely one that’s been lacking this year. No errors and just the one missed tackle.
Left Wing: Bureta Faraimo – Hasn’t scored this season and will be kicking himself he didn’t ground that Sneyd kick to put Hull 16-0 up. Carried well though and is always a threat.
Half Back: Ben McNamara – Great pass to put Savelio over. The 18-year-old definitely has a lot about him and he contributed to the team again in just his second appearance.
Half Back: Marc Sneyd – Couple of wayward passes didn’t help his highlight reel. Quiet for periods then pulls a superb 40/20 out the bag. Pointless having a post-mortem on the attack though when the defence is so bad.
Prop: Ligi Sao – Made more metres with 127 than the interchange props combined. Couple of decent offloads too. He’s having a good first season at Hull and can hold his head up.
Hooker: Jordan Johnstone – Lacked a bit of zip and didn’t run the ball enough. He’s better than that. Then again probably knackered from defending. Made fifty tackles again.
Prop: Josh Bowden – Struggling these days to have a sustained run in the team and a shoulder injury didn’t help him. Was okay before that.
Right Back Row: Andre Savelio – Great line for his try. Just need to keep him out on the field.
Left Back Row: Josh Griffin – Put himself about and got a deserved try as Hull were chasing the game.
Loose Man: Brad Fash – Struggled to make inroads with his carries but topped 52 tackles in defence.
Prop: Chris Satae – He was brought on when the tide was turning, check out James Donaldson’s try (shudders), but three carries and eighteen metres is not what we all had in mind for the big Tongan prop. He’s on a big wage and must offer more than that.
Prop: Jack Brown – Probably on less than half of Satae’s wage yet offered three times as much. Ran hard and got a deserved try. Needs to be signed up on a long-term contract.
Prop: Lewis Bienek – One stint for a total of seventeen minutes. Didn’t miss a tackle and put himself about. Deserved longer.
Connor Wynne – A cameo appearance. He got five minutes at the end when the game was gone.