Hull FC put in a shocker of a performance on Saturday afternoon, losing out to Salford 22-44 at the KCOM Stadium.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Full Back: Jamie Shaul – Limped around the field and could barely walk early on. Good in defence but not great in attack.
Right Wing: Ratu Naulago – A passenger for most of the game. Few carries coming out in yardage. Salford were smart and didn’t give him in inch, not that Hull’s attack was remotely expansive.
Right Centre: Carlos Tuimavave – Usual Tumavave performance evading tackles and creating a second phase before his evening was cut short due to injury.
Left Centre: Josh Griffin – That left edge is a huge worry defensively and Griffin wasn’t helped by the man either side of him, not that he is blameless either. A tough evening for him and many alike.
Left Wing: Bureta Faraimo – Scored a walk in try which was refreshing, but some really stupid errors that cost Hull. Trying to offload on the FIRST tackle. Why? Just hold the bloody ball then play it. He wasn’t the only one but those sort of errors are really hurting the side.
Half Back: Jake Connor – Slightly better as an excellent try assist for Lane testifies but still not fully firing. Didn’t cover himself in glory defensively, not that anyone did. Let his feelings known in a second half dummy spit. Least that shows he cares. He’s definitely not fit and 100% carrying a knock.
Half Back: Marc Sneyd – Neat pass for Taylor but after that it got worse and worse. The first of a sequence of shocking cut out passes was almost caught by Welham, and from then on they either found touch or the Salford centre’s hands. One to forget.
Prop: Scott Taylor – Showed plenty of grit and determination. Taylor, as he has been for a few weeks now, was right up there, but even then he won’t look at his defensive highlight reel too fondly.
Hooker: Danny Houghton – Too slow with his distribution and one error was massive in Salford shifting the game in their favour. Houghton’s been sublime recently, but he wasn’t at his best here.
Prop: Mickey Paea – Tried to set a platform and coasted over under the sticks for his try. Hopefully he’ll stay fit for the rest of the season now and reinstate that earlier form.
Right Back Row: Jordan Lane – Good support play to get over for his try. One of Hull’s better performers but was left exposed on occasion. That’s a reflection on the sides defence which sadly just wasn’t at it.
Left Back Row: Joe Westerman – Excelled against Wakefield at Easter in the back row but this wasn’t anything like that and understandable after playing through illness. Makes you realise how good Sika Manu is and has been for Hull FC. Missing him right now.
Loose Forward: Gareth Ellis – An unaccustomed error helped Salford get back into it in the first half, but it was a solid stint before that.
From the Interchange:
Prop: Josh Bowden – Looked to get involved and asked some questions when the game was in the balance. When Salford started to run away with it though the Hull pack was helpless to stop it.
Prop: Tevita Satae – Strong carries but didn’t get enough of the ball on his Hull debut. Eager to see more of him and the two week break should do him and the rest of the side some good. Regroup and refresh.
Prop: Brad Fash – Been in good form of late but Salford dealt with him and the majority of Hull’s forwards pretty easily.
Centre: Kieran Buchanan – Came on for Tuimavave after the latter’s injury. Was a cameo really but caught in no man’s land after a Hastings kick saw Inu score another try.