Hull FC won their fifth away game in a row on Saturday evening – defeating Catalans 30-31 in Perpignan.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Full Back: Connor Wynne – It was revealed in the week that Jamie Shaul has done a mentoring job on the next branch of baby-faced assassin. It’s paid off. Wynne was composed at the back, defended well, ran confidently and bagged himself a first ever Super League try on just his second appearance. Well done young man.
Right Wing: Jack Logan – The winger was criticised heavily last season and knew he had to improve. He’s been nothing but solid in the two games he’s played so far this year. Deserves some praise.
Right Centre: Carlos Tuimavave – Tui-what’s-his-name was full of strong carries and always looked capable of beating his opposite man. Proper baller.
Left Centre: Josh Griffin – Nine tries in his last four away games tells you a lot. Griff has been outstanding with the ball this season. The perfectionist might want to see him tighten his defence up though.
Left Wing: Bureta Faraimo – Guilty of handing the American sort some criticism last season. This year he’s been magnificent. Power in the bloke is ridiculous. Always gets us on the front foot.
Half Back/Centre: Jake Connor – Started the game in the halves then moved to centre. Although one or two passes went into touch, the class, guile and just general quality be brings to the table is exemplary. Such a gifted player.
Half Back: Marc Sneyd – The experts say he can kick and nothing else. On that evidence that’s not necessary a bad thing. World class display from the Ice Man. So calm under pressure and wins Hull FC yet another game despite kicking off with just four seconds to go.
Prop: Jordan Thompson – Again guilty of underestimating what the ginger sort would bring to the table. Did enough and played his part.
Hooker: Danny Houghton – Maybe should follow every other Super League hooker and start doing shithousery at the play of the ball. Why not eh? Tireless display.
Prop: Gareth Ellis – They laughed, but we’re laughing now. Would understand if any other player coming out of retirement, but this is Gareth Ellis. Still right up there isn’t he. A ballsy display full of thunderous carries and hits. Leads by example and the others follow. That can’t be underestimated.
Back Row: Sika Manu – One of Hull’s quietest performers. Was ran around a couple of times in the first half but carried strongly when Hull needed him.
Back Row: Mark Minichiello – Some pressure relieving carries from the Italian Stallion. Can’t complain with his performance.
Loose Man: Dean Hadley – Huge workload and held the middle well considering he came into the team late after Joe Westerman’s injury in the warm up. Stepped up and delivered.
From the Interchange:
Prop: Jack Brown – The teenage prop stood up on debut. Ran a great line to score with his first touch. Copped a hit or two but broke out of tackles with his later carries. Promising stuff – especially when you consider both Brown and Wynne’s combined age is less than Ellis himself.
Prop: Levy Nzoungou – Another tidy display on debut. The Frenchmen would have loved that against his natives. Carried well and held the middle.
Back Row: Jordan Lane – Always a dependable player to bring on and so it proved again. Knows how to run a line to effect.
Half Back: Albert Kelly – Came on mid way through the first half. Some moments where he looked good with the ball but a couple of plays he’ll want to forget too. The Derby up next. How much did our chicken nugget lover cost again?