Hull FC Reserves produced a sensational performance to defeat St Helens Reserves 36-30 at Brantingham Park.
Here are the Talking Points.
The return of Jack Logan
Jack Logan returned from a year out with an ACL injury and did himself justice with a solid display. His first touch was a 50-metre break, and he also set up Downs’ second try with a neat palm back. He was a little raw, but that was expected. His work-rate was impressive and you could see in his emotions how much it meant to him being back out on the field. A good return for the talented three-quarter.
Hakim Miloudi impresses on debut
Scoring two tries, decent tries as well, on your debut isn’t a bad feat. Miloudi was impressive for Hull’s Reserves. The 23-year-old Frenchman is a talent for sure. He’s quick, evades tackles with ease and he’s very agile. He did get sin binned for tripping though in the second half, and that’s a side to his game he doesn’t want to make a regular occurrence. For a first outing though Miloudi should be pleased. It was definitely an eye-catching debut.
Jack Downs was superb
After a recent run in the first team Jack showed exactly why he has a future in this game with an impeccable attitude once again. Stepping down to the Reserves he was brilliant and led the side as captain to victory. He scored two tries, showing good awareness for both, and carried superbly all game. He’s got some pace for a back rower and ran some expert lines making some good metres.
We have a huge problem
I get the logic and the concern from Lee Radford. He wants the Reserve format to work more than anyone but when the fixture list is so sparse as it is, he and Hull are fighting a losing battle. Do you blame him for testing the water elsewhere? Please, Nigel, Red Hall and whoever has the power, wake up and listen. Dual reg doesn’t work. This does. The quality of that encounter was exceptional. It was such an entertaining game and invaluable for the development of these young players. They’re the future of the game and they put on a show every time they enter the field. Don’t limit their opportunities like you’re doing now. Make the Reserves compulsory and you, the Super League competition, the England side, and the sport as a whole will reap the benefits.
Professionalism oozes out of the side
Form is temporary, class is permanent. A common saying in sport, but one that is so appropriate for a number of this team. The likes of Josh Wood and Marvin Lee haven’t played a game in five weeks, but you wouldn’t have thought it. Both were outstanding – they took the line on, they made metres, they tackled and they both contributed to Hull’s win. They’re both part-time lads, but they seem like veterans. Their knowledge and know-how is incredible and the way they play the game is a testament to them.
Talent in abundance
There’s a man who’s work is going to have a massive influence on the fortunes of Hull FC in the next few years and that man is Richard Horne. He may be at Doncaster now, but the role and influential part he’s played in the development of this side will never be under-appreciated. They’ve been under his stewardship since 2015 and you can see the progress they’ve made. We’ve all witnessed that in Super League recently as the likes of Jansin Turgut and Brad Fash have stamped their mark, but that’s just the beginning. Jez Litten will be a star for years to come. Masi put in another massive shift. Zeus Silk was workman like as ever. Jack Sanderson had his moments. Marvin Lee, Josh Wood, Connor Bower, Nick Rawsthorne, Cameron Scott. The list goes on. We’ve got such a bright future, and with Lee Radford nurturing them, it can only lead to good things.