Reality blows – an under-cooked Hull FC side lost out 12-32 at the hands of a very good Wakefield performance on Friday night.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Fullback: Jamie Shaul – Defensively the baby-faced assassin was great but he was quiet with the ball. That’s probably a testament to Wakefield’s defence who handled us well.
Right Wing: Ratu Naulago – Roland Ratu has had a great start to his Super League career but that was his toughest game yet. David vs Goliath moment when lined up against Pauli Pauli, but David didn’t win this time.
Right Centre: Carlos Tuimavave – Hull’s best player on the night in our humble opinion. Was always a running threat with the ball.
Left Centre: Josh Griffin – The metre machine continued where he left off in attack, but Reece Lyne bounced off him a few times in defence.
Left Wing: Bureta Faraimo – Usual carries out the backfield and got himself a superb try from a Sneyd kick. Wasn’t really tested defensively with Wakefield preferring to attack on Hull’s right edge.
Half Back: Albert Kelly – Wakefield nullified his impact and his sin bin for a high shot cost us massively before half time. Yes Hull got our two tries whilst Kelly was in the bin, but that was before the away side had built up a 14-0 lead.
Half Back: Marc Sneyd – Two try assists from that golden left boot, but sin binned in the second half for booting the ball half way to Hymers. Made everyone crap themselves after Kirmond’s late challenge. That knee is definitely delicate these days.
Prop: Scott Taylor – Wakefield’s pack got on top of Hull and that included Scott Taylor. He was outshone on this occasion.
Hooker: Danny Houghton – Great try to dislodge the ball from Jacob Miller but struggled to have the authority he’s had from the ruck in recent weeks. Goes without saying though when your pack is beaten like it was.
Prop: Masimbaashe Matongo – A quiet night from Masi who found it tough against Wakefield’s big pack.
Back Row: Mark Minichiello – The Italian Stallion got his fan club back last week, but was found wanting this week. Dropped a couple of balls at crucial times when the game was in the balance, and was soon taken off.
Back Row: Sika Manu – Another strong showing from the Mister. He’s an enforcer but also has some undervalued flair to mix his game up.
Loose Man: Joe Westerman – Been sensational so far this season but that was the first time an opposition has managed to nullify his impact.
From the interchange:
Prop: Gareth Ellis – Almost broke through a couple of times with strong carries. The better of Hull’s middles.
Prop: Jordan Thompson – Minimal impact and was ran through quite easily too.
Back Row: Dean Hadley – Another who struggled to make any impact. Better through the middle than on an edge, at least on that evidence. Jordan Lane offers more in the latter.
Hooker: Jez Litten – Livewire at the ruck as always. Great break but with hindsight might well have backed himself. Becoming a great option in attack despite being a target in defence.