Hull FC Player Reviews: Saints home

It was a game of two halves as St Helens inflicted a first defeat of the season on Hull FC.

Stupid mistakes got the better of the Black and Whites, proving costly as Saints ran away with the game in a ten minute spell.

Starting XIII: 

Full Back: Jamie Shaul – In support like every good full back should be to back up Ligi Sao for his try. Solid and there can be no complaints with his performance.

Right Wing: Ratu Naulago – Really got stuck in during the first half and had some good go-forward. A shame that injury brought him off at half time.

Right Centre: Carlos Tuimavave – Class with the ball, especially for his second try which was outstanding and summed up his tackle evasion skills. However powerless to prevent St Helens peppering his edge in the second half.

Left Centre: Mahe Fonua – Moved to the wing after Naulago’s knock and struggled. There was one harsh call that went against him that led to a St Helens try, but Fonua’s game, one offload aside, was full of errors.

Left Wing: Adam Swift – Worked hard against his former club and did nothing wrong. Really safe under the high ball as well.

Half Back: Jake Connor – One to forget. Unfortunately it was his second kick out on the full that proved so costly, a proper momentum swinger, but it was a penalty given away for lashing out that was really frustrating. Petulant.

Half Back: Marc Sneyd – A tight tip and tuck first half and a dominant second half from St Helens meant it wasn’t one of Sneyd’s best days. Did make the break though that ended up, via Fash and Sao, with Shaul scoring the games final try.

Prop: Scott Taylor – Tag’s first stint was outstanding. But was he left on too long? The way the interchanges were managed was bizarre and it left the side short when St Helens got a roll on.

Hooker: Danny Houghton – Incredible defensive workload as per usual. 59 tackles. Moved to that third middle role again and even bumped off a few tackles. Scenes.

Prop: Ligi Sao – The Kiwi has had a superb start to his Hull FC career. Just three games in but he looks the real deal.

Back Row: Josh Griffin – Started the season superbly but had a couple of brain explosions here. The pass to Naulago when the winger was bundled into touch was never on.

Back Row: Josh Jones – A quieter afternoon for Jones against one of his former clubs but it probably says a lot that the left edge was in tact and all of Hull FC’s problems were on the opposite side.

Loose Man: Gareth Ellis – The old warhorse was incredible. His defensive contributions in the first half were superb. Hull FC’s intensity dropped when he went off the field.


Prop: Brad Fash – The first change. Fash had endeavour as usual but couldn’t spot the St Helens onslaught.

Prop: Masimbaashe Matongo – Made just two carries, which says a lot. Spent most of his time on the field defending.

Back Row: Jordan Lane – Like Laney and he’s definitely got a future at this club. Ran a couple of good lines but again powerless to prevent the Saints tries down the right edge.

Hooker: Jordan Johnstone – Hull were well beat when Johnstone entered the field.

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