Hull FC were the party poopers as they recorded a 26-20 win over Toronto in the Canadian outfits first ever match. Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Jamie Shaul – Scored a superb try off an equally superb Green offload. Got the pace to terrorise Super League opposition.
Mahe Fonua – Two great finishes in first half, produced mongo strength to score his first. Second half in centre spot though was a nightmare.
Carlos Tuimavave – Terrific display from Carlos. He was outstanding. A danger every time he touched the ball.
Josh Griffin – Looks dangerous every time he touches the ball. Best testament you can give him. Super ability to get on the outside and put his winger away, as Rovers folk know all too well.
Fetuli Talanoa – Set for a prolific season. Maintained the opinion for over a year now he’s the best all-round winger in the comp and I stand by that.
Albert Kelly – Another terrific forty minute display. He’s going to be a revelation on that right edge. Shall we all buy Neil a drink?
Marc Sneyd – Two missed conversion attempts. He is human after all.
Liam Watts – Few decent offloads. Not on the level of that one to Shaul at Wigan, but still. Set for another big year.
Dean Hadley – Understand reasoning for him spelled at hooker, but really want to see him on the edge. Hopefully we’ll get that at Salford next week.
Chris Green – Good offload to put Shaul away in the first half. Is he all set to match last seasons eminence?
Danny Washbrook – One of Hull’s strongest pre-season performers. Should be guaranteed a bench spot for the Super League opener.
Jordan Thompson – Still feel there’s more Thompson needs to offer if he wants selection for the Wakefield game.
Jordan Lane – Given a starting spot and didn’t disappoint. Few tough carries where he made good ground.
Hull FC’s young guns did well to hold off a well-drilled Toronto side. Image: Hull Daily Mail
From the Bench:
Steve Michaels – Ran the ball back well as always. Caught drifting in for Liam Kay’s try and pushed into touch at the other end.
Curtis Naughton – Excellent touch-line conversion and offered another option on the last tackle. Much better display.
Nick Rawsthorne – Caught out once defensively but made up for it with a well taken try. Decent finish.
Jansin Turgut – Excellent display. Full of aggression, strong running and finesse.
Brad Fash – Life lesson number one. Never come into contact with his head, as Josh Wood and now Masimbaashe Matongo will testify.
Masimbaashe Matongo – The big prop has had an intriguing pre-season, and looked promising again before a knock to the head ended his afternoon. Thankfully though he’s okay. Arsenal won didn’t they.
Jez Litten – Quick from the ruck as per. It’s all about putting size on now to aid his development.
Ross Osborne – Few big carries. Great experience for the teenager facing the calibre of Fui Fui Moi Moi.
Connor Bower – Good awareness to pick out Rawsthorne for his try. He’s had a great month in the first team and fully deserves it. Got a great attitude.
Jack Sanderson – First team experience massive for the winger. Got himself up the pecking order it seems.
Jack Wray – Kicking not as effective as the Hull KR game, but then again he’s set himself some high standards.
Marvin Lee – Tough little half back that copped a couple of big hits from the Toronto forwards. Intrigued to watch his progress in reserves this season.
Josh Wood – Kept things simple when he came on in the halves.