Hull FC Player Reviews: Wigan play-off

Hull FC crashed out the Super League play-offs with a 29-2 defeat at Wigan on Thursday night.

Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.

Starting XIII:

Full Back: Jake Connor – Was Hull’s biggest threat again but struggled to influence the game. Must be said Wigan’s defence was outstanding

Right Wing: Ratu Naulago – Last game for Hull before changing codes. Still raw and at times it showed, again at Wigan. Never-the-less what a find – some of the tries he’s scored over the past two years were nothing short of sensational.

Right Centre: Mahe Fonua – Couple of brain explosions that have actually been absent in recent weeks didn’t help. It gets to the stage sometimes where it’s squeaky bum time whenever he gets the ball. That’s not what we all expected from Fonua this year.

Left Centre: Josh Griffin – The penalty call for patting Oliver Partington’s head was massive and by the letter of the law the right decision, but it was far from the reason Hull lost the game.

Left Wing: Bureta Faraimo – Been superb in recent weeks and did little wrong here. Had a try ruled out in the first half.

Stand Off: Carlos Tuimavave – Sublime centre asked to play in the halves again. Too early for Ben McNamara apparently, but not too early for Wigan’s Harry Smith. Their conveyor belt of players is sensational. They just adapt like it’s nothing.

Half Back: Marc Sneyd – Hung, drawn and quartered on social media as is the case after every defeat. Played off the back of a side dominated for sixty minutes and peppered when he got the ball. Never mind half back, hooker is the bigger problem.

Prop: Scott Taylor – Tag’s first stint was nothing short of sensational. Monster carries and hits.

Hooker: Jordan Johnstone – Keeps things simple and was on for Hull’s best spell of the game. Unfortunately his replacement couldn’t provide an impact.

Prop: Josh Bowden – First full season after a year out injured and it’s told. Needs to get back to pre-ACL injury form next season as he won’t get the benefit of the doubt again.

Right Back Row: Andre Savelio – Looked a proper threat early on but faded as Wigan’s dominance told. Savelio’s end to the year though has been superb. Got to take that into next year.

Left Back Row: Manu Ma’u – His current run in the side has been his longest without interruption all season. Performances have backed that up.

Loose Forward: Joe Cator – Outstanding first season at Hull but will be gutted he couldn’t hit the heights of previous weeks at Wigan.


Prop: Ligi Sao – Came on and put himself about as usual. Solid first season at Hull.

Prop: Chris Satae – Impact prop. Left a bit to be desired at times but on other occasions he’s been brilliant. Unfortunately his timing on to the field at Wigan coincided with the ascendency going in their favour.

Hooker: Danny Houghton – Couple of wayward passes were not easy on the eye. Been better in recent weeks off the bench, but this was a step backwards.

Prop: Brad Fash – Comes on nearly the same time every week. Solid and steady. We know the drill here.

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