Salford got the better of Hull FC during this pre-season friendly, running out 18-6 winners at the AJ Bell Stadium. Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Jamie Shaul – As good as any under the high bomb and returned with intent. Must improve as a pivot fullback though. There were times where he needed to straighten up in the attacking line.
Mahe Fonua – Like last weeks second half against Toronto, a few errors are creeping into his game. Hopefully it’s just cobwebs, and he’ll be fine for the Super League opener.
Carlos Tuimavave – Alleged cannonball tackle on Justin Carney may land him in some hot water. Needs quick early ball to flourish. Guilty, like Fonua, of jumping out the line for S’au’s try.
Josh Griffin – Not the greatest of afternoons for the pantomime villan. Returning to the AJ Bell Stadium for the first time since his move to Hull, Griffin found life difficult, and was bundled into touch on a couple of occasions.
Fetuli Talanoa – Great ability to find metres from scoots. I always find myself repeating myself with Talanoa. The irony. Pretty faultless out there.
Albert Kelly – Held up over the line in the first half and always looked dangerous with his running game. Few decent kicks too that almost led to tries.
Marc Sneyd – Hull FC’s best player on the day. Superb try assist and tried to get his side back in the contest.
Scott Taylor – Some huge hits during his first stint. Defended really well. Seems to be a gear off his top fitness level but expected after international duty.
Danny Houghton – Hull looked good when playing off Houghton’s direct approach. It’s a shame though that the ruck speed was a joke.
Liam Watts – Few chances to shine with his offload game. The difference was noticeable without his presence.
Sika Manu – Some decent leg drives and he got stuck in. Solid as a rock and will hopefully get better as the season progresses, as in 2016.
Mark Minichiello – A quiet day by his impeccable standards. One guilty of running a little too lateral.
Jansin Turgut – Really encouraging display. Terrific work rate and made some tough carries and hits. In the first team picture now and has a really promising future.
From the bench:
Steve Michaels – No tries were scored down his edge after he came on and that was pleasing after leaking a few in recent weeks. Took his try well.
Curtis Naughton – Creamed a Salford winger late on. Knows he has a point to prove to earn selection. Held up over the line in the second half.
Jordan Thompson – Radford stated post-match there are spots up for grabs. Thompson needs to do more to earn one.
Danny Washbrook – Great edge running but must learn to pass sometimes. A danger though, and one of Hull’s best performers of pre-season.
Jake Connor – Finally given his Hull FC debut and should of scored. Too selfless when he should have been selfish and gone for the line himself.
Masimbaashe Matongo – Anther good account of himself and the experience will be pivotal to his development.