Hull FC Reserves produced a terrific performance to beat Warrington 28-18 at Ionians on Saturday afternoon.
Here are the Talking Points.
Liam Watts back with a bang
Watts allegedly suffered a tweak to his hamstring so his four game ban probably wasn’t as hard to endure as you may have thought, but never-the-less it’s always frustrating for a player when sat on the sidelines.
It was a welcome return for Liam as he played forty minutes for Richard Horne’s side. There’s nothing quite like match sharpness and he looked comfortable out there, linking well in Hull’s attack. For a prop forward his handling is very good, with his offload game causing Warrington problems – as testified by Jansin Turgut’s try.
Turgut brain fart definitely a one off
One good thing about following the academy closely for the past four years is watching players develop. Jansin Turgut is the prime example of that. He’s an absolute unit now and a bloke you wouldn’t want to mess with.
The incident with Alex Walmsley is a rarity. Jansin plays the game tough and his aggression levels are spot on. Physically he’s there. He can handle Super League. Skill wise there’s a talent there too. Jansin’s line running, passing and defensive qualities make him a dangerous proposition for the future.
Curtis Naughton back in Hull colours
Noggers isn’t getting the desired game-time at Leigh, so the recall from Hull was smart. He needs to play rugby league matches or he’s never going to develop.
He’s still a Leigh player for 2017 and his outing for the Reserves was temporary. Performance wise he had an indifferent afternoon. There’s some debate to whether he is best suited to fullback or the wing. My personal opinion is the latter, but at fullback Naughton did contribute. His passing was good and he returned well, but he was at fault for one Warrington try with a poor missed tackle attempt.
Result no coincidence given the return of key personal
One fan suggested after the St Helens Reserves game that there should be some concern after the defeat. Why? It wasn’t a fair reflection on Hull FC’s progress in youth development. Far from it. If you want a raincheck then look at who’s played Super League this year.
Still though, it’s no coincidence to see a positive looking result with key personnel back. It was great to see young forwards Jack Downs and Brad Fash back on the field after both recovering from injuries sustained in pre-season. The same can be said of Marvin Lee who exhibited some nice touches. Hull had virtually their most desired line up out there and it told.
What do Hull do with Danny Houghton out?
That’s the million dollar question and if Houghton’s calf problem keeps him out for the next few Super League games, then it’s a question Lee Radford will have to answer.
Do Hull have options? Plenty. But it’s the right one that matters. Danny Washbrook was deployed in the hooking role at Wigan – he can probably do an adequate job there for a few weeks but it isn’t his most natural position. There’s Dean Hadley too, but a recall from Wakefield is unlikely.
Looking at it from a youthful perspective you have Jez Litten and Josh Wood who are the clubs only other recognised hookers. It’s a gamble to introduce either to first grade and it’s a decision that can’t be taken lightly. For the record though, Litten was outstanding again for the Reserves, with his scoots and ability to play effectively whilst on the front foot most notable.
Rawsthorne continuing to impress
Nick Rawsthorne has really impressed recently whilst on the left wing position. He’s found a home there after a tough start to life at Hull FC. He took his tries well, assisting another and once more continued with another reliable goal kicking performance.