Hull FC Reserves got their second victory of 2019 with a huge 58-4 away win at the home of Keighley Cougars.
The game saw Fetuli Talanoa return from a knee injury, with many of the clubs fringe and young players getting a run out.
Here’s some talking points from our trip to deep West Yorkshire.
The return of the binman
That was probably everything you’d expect from a man making his comeback. First of all there were no re-occurrences of any sign of injury, and the eighty minutes played will do wonders to Fetuli Talanoa’s fitness levels. He also scored two tries, the first coming so soon into the game, and finished so comfortably, shows there’s no rust or rawness in him. His work out the backfield was impressive too alongside a Hull three-quarter that certainly impressed.
Talanoa’s first team comeback is a question of when and not if, but right now Ratu Naulgao gets the gig for the Leeds game and then Radford will assess from there.
Miloudi scored an outstanding try for Doncaster against Workington during their win last weekend, and on Reserves duty here he was the best player on the pitch.
The Frenchmen played in the halves and found it rather easy to make breaks and put his team-mates through gaps. Miloudi has talent, but he’s one of those unorthodox players that can make you want to rip all your hair out too. It’s a completely different scenario when he’s playing Super League – where do you play him? It’s hard to see it being half back, but with Jake Connor and Liam Harris injured for the foreseeable future, is he next in line should the worst scenario occur? Who knows.
He scored again at Keighley, and set up several others. At this level though, that’s expected of him.
Hat-trick for Danny Langtree
Danny Langtree was brought to Hull FC to play predominately in the Reserves, with the thought process that they’d be a full-blooded competition with all the Super League sides. Ultimately, baring Wakefield, they all bottled it. What we’re left with now is games every two to three weeks, with certain players like Langtree heading to Doncaster to play on dual-reg as well. It’s not ideal.
Langtree got his first Hull FC hat-trick at Keighley, but a Super League appearance is probably a while away yet. This though was a good showing from the back rower, but against West Yorkshire amateur players, it should be. He’s doing everything asked of him at the moment though, and his appearances at community and Washbrook testimonial events are increasing his reputation.
Bienek is back?
It was a welcome return for Lewis Bienek in Hull FC colours on Wednesday night. The 20-year-old prop suffered a foot injury whilst playing for Ireland in the Autumn, and that hindered his pre-season.
He was in rehab for a while, before going to Batley on loan to get some game time. His cap space allowed Gareth Ellis to return to the field, and with Jack Logan now on loan at Toronto, one would assume that means Bienek is maybe back to fight for a place at Hull FC?
He’s not the tallest prop in the world, but his size is notable. He’s packed on the muscle and went well at Keighley. When Hull signed him, Bienek admitted he had the choice to go to the three powerhouses over the Pennines, so he’s obviously seen something in Hull, and vice versa. There’s certainly more to come from the former London player.
A word on Keighley
Long time, no see. Eighteen years since Hull last played at Lawkholme Lane, but the place still has that nostalgia feeling about it. We enjoyed our time at the ground, from the decent clubhouse packed with memorabilia, to the free buffet.
For a club who almost went bust before the season even kicked off, to play a Reserves team alongside their League One commitments is a credit to them. The side, made up of amateur players from the local Keighley region, never gave up, despite a gulf in class between them, but they did themselves proud and can hold their heads high, as can the club as a whole.