Hull FC put in a poor display on Friday night – losing out 6-37 to a very good Catalans team.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Fullback: Connor Wynne – The latest branch of baby-faced assassin has had a very promising start to his Hull FC career and showed some quality and potential, but he had a night to forget here. The teenager made simple errors and hopefully he’ll move on and learn from it. He was good with the ball though it must be said.
Right Wing: Bureta Faraimo – Ran strongly with the ball as usual but defensively was really bad as we’ve seen so many times before. Did he trust his centre, or is he just better on the left wing and not the right? Rumours circulating Mahe Fonua could be coming back are certainly interesting….
Right Centre: Jack Logan – Carried the ball as well as any in a tough and gritty effort. Seemed to be playing through the pain barrier too. Been impressive since he’s come back into the team.
Left Centre: Josh Griffin – Good with yardage and tried to play, but efforts weren’t matched elsewhere. Worked with Buchanan on his first Super League appearance.
Left Wing: Kieran Buchanan – Encouraging debut from the youngster. Did little wrong and looked to get involved – carrying the ball more frequently than others. Was a genuine threat in the air and nearly scored a try in the first half.
Half Back: Joe Westerman – Much better as first receiver in a loose forward role than as a half back, but we know. Westerman was asked to do a tough job and not surprisingly struggled to match a Sneyd or Kelly.
Half Back: Jake Connor – Needed a much smarter display from Jake. Lost his head and got sin binned for it, and only had one pass to Mickey Paea to show for his efforts. A half back opportunity missed.
Prop: Scott Taylor – First stint was good and he tried to put himself about with strong carries and shots, but once the French side got to grips with the game Tag was powerless to stop them.
Hooker – Danny Houghton – Tireless as always. Obviously tough for a hooker when the forwards are getting dominated, so unfair to single him out. He tried to run from the ruck but got little help.
Prop: Mickey Paea – Few decent runs including a burst for a first half try. Paea’s form has been much better in recent weeks. Deserves some plaudits.
Back Row: Sika Manu – Catalans targeted Hull’s right edge and scored five of their six tries down that side. Manu couldn’t prevent the onslaught, and whilst some of his carries were promising, some of his handling was not.
Back Row: Mark Minichiello – Dropped the ball a few times in a night to forget. Unfortunately Mini has that in his game. Fortunately he can also be devastating. Let’s hope it’s the latter next week.
Loose Forward: Gareth Ellis – Handled well by big Catalans pack. Didn’t come back on which was probably a smart move given what’s at stake next Friday.
From the Interchange:
Prop: Chris Green – Ran encouragingly off the bench and was the busiest of the interchange forwards – in fact he ran for for more metres than the other three combined. Green followed on from where he left off at Wakefield. A good display in tough circumstances.
Prop: Masimbaashe Matongo – Struggling at the moment after a great Derby performance – perils of Easter? Only four carries on the night. A rest would be nice to reinstate promising early season form.
Prop: Brad Fash – Minimal time on the field and saw little of the ball, three carries for ten metres – a reflection on Catalans’ dominance and four middles on the interchange.
Back Row: Jordan Thompson – Another tough night for Thompson who has struggled to bring an impact this season.