Hull FC Player Reviews: St Helens away

Hull FC put in a battling performance against St Helens, but they were still undone as the threepeat Super League champions hit their straps in the second half to win 24-10.

Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.

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Full Back: Jake Connor – The “chuck it to Connor and hope for the best” approach was in full swing at St Helens. His back must be in bits carrying the attack at times. Two heavy involvements in the two tries, but that was as good as it got. Hull need to get more out of their spine.

Right Wing: Darnell McIntosh – Grafted his backside off as always and finished with Hull’s two tries. The first was a superb finish. He’s turning into a crowd favourite and it’s all on the back of hard work.

Right Centre: Carlos Tuimavave – The usual dependable yardage from Carlos who should have been spitting at his creative providers after some absolute murder balls. See the Super League Twitter account.

Left Centre: Connor Wynne – A tough night for the young gun. He was a threat with the ball and remained a nuisance throughout, but he was humbled on one or two defensive plays.

Left Wing: Jamie Shaul – Had two good displays against the French sides but he won’t look back on his defensive contributions at St Helens with much fondness. Got to do better. Simple as.

Half Back: Joe Lovodua – When the Fijian sort runs the ball he looks really dangerous, but he doesn’t seem to be getting involved enough.

Half Back: Josh Reynolds – After what was an encouraging display against Catalans, Reynolds resembled a headless chicken at St Helens. His passes weren’t good enough and there’s no threat with his running game anymore. A frustrating performance from a position that needs urgent attention.

Prop: Ligi Sao – The best front row on the pitch. Ligi has been nothing short of magnificent in recent weeks. Got through some minutes and his impact was never stifled. Constantly poked his nose through and hit hard in defence. Top display again.

Hooker: Danny Houghton – Every week Jake Connor gets lynched by the consistency mob who say he should be prime Billy Slater every game. Why don’t those rules apply to the hooker too then? The gulf in class between Houghton and Roby was substantial – although that’s more a praise to the latter than a criticism of the former. No wonder St Helens love him. He is nothing short of incredible.

Prop: Scott Taylor – There were signs from Tag mixing it against a top opponent but there’s plenty more to come yet.

Right Back Row: Jordan Lane – The right edge were solid throughout and Lane was a big part of that. No wonder St Helens attacked Hull’s left edge.

Left Back Row: Manu Ma’u – Another monstrous performance from a player bang in form. Ma’u has been outstanding for weeks on end, even having a big stint in the middle here.

Loose Forward: Brad Fash – A nasty collusion with Matty Lees saw Fash leave the field early on.

Interchange

Prop: Chris Satae – A few big carries as Hull’s forwards relished the challenge. They weren’t the problem.

Prop: Jack Brown – Hull FC have an absolute diamond here. More than matched the best team in the competition at 21 years of age. It’s just a number, but the heights this young sort can reach are frightening. He’s been nothing short of magnificent this season.

Left Back Row: Josh Griffin – Could be set for a future in the pack now. Did okay here with his usual tough carries.

Hooker: Jordan Johnstone – Came on when the game had already gone away from Hull.

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