Hull FC showed some improvement in defeat to Salford, but ultimately the same flaws were there as the side lost 22-28 at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Full Back: Jamie Shaul – Another head knock could have spoilt his night but he returned to the field and did some good things to score his 99th and 100th tries for the club. That vision to make that final pass is still missing though.
Right Wing: Cameron Scott – Quiet. Not involved enough and not his natural position, he’s a centre and Fonua is a winger, and the duo were hopeless to prevent both of Inu’s tires. Not good enough.
Right Centre: Mahe Fonua – Another poor performance from Fonua. He made far too many mistakes both in attack and defence. Lost possession on our own line and it led to a Salford try. His defensive positioning was found wanting as well.
Left Centre: Josh Griffin – Solid once again with an incredible 195 metres made. Griffin would run through brick walls if you asked him to. A complete contrast to what was delivered on the opposite flank.
Left Wing: Bureta Faraimo – So safe under every high ball and the meters he made were exceptionally good. He’s a wrecking ball. A ray of sunshine on another frustrating night.
Stand Off: Carlos Tuimavave – Was a penalty machine in the first half and he cost Hull valuable field position. Unable to provide much of an influence in the halves.
Scrum Half: Jake Connor – Gets the most criticism these days but involved in everything good Hull did early on. Tended to look for the impossible as the game endured though and made some bad decisions. Kicking was awful.
Prop: Josh Bowden – A better display from a player who has failed to hit the heights since returning from his ACL injury.
Hooker: Danny Houghton – Strong first half where he dashed out from the play of the ball and had an effect in doing so. When Houghton runs at defences he causes holes and problems, but that dried up towards the end of the game. Stupid offload that led to Williams’ try.
Prop: Chris Satae – Great go forward and very strong in defence. Salford didn’t get on top whilst he was on the field.
Back Row: Manu Ma’u – Come in for some stick recently but he was solid here. Ran hard all game.
Back Row: Jordan Lane – Whether coming back from serious injuries to star in the academy or stamp his mark on the first team he’s been great to watch over the past five years has Lane. What a try that was and what a turn of pace. We won’t see a better individual effort all season.
Loose Forward: Ligi Sao – Hull’s best periods were when Sao was on the field.
Loose Forward: Joe Cator – Full of energy and enthusiasm. He was heavily involved defensively but didn’t get much ball going forward.
Prop: Brad Fash – Expect Brad to be banned for a couple of weeks for a dangerous contact leg tackle. Tried hard as always.
Prop: Andre Savelio – Ran a great line for his try but didn’t seem to be on the field for long enough. Hull really need to see him get a run of games now.
Prop: Jack Brown – You can never doubt the effort, gave everything in his twenty minute spell in the second half when Hull struggled to get back into the game.