Hull FC started their Super League 2019 campaign with a defeat, losing 18-16 at Hull Kingston Rovers as the home side scored in the final seconds to win the game.
Here’s our individual player reviews.
Fullback: Jamie Shaul – Tireless with the ball and probably covered every blade of grass. Worked his arse off to try win Hull the game. Unfortunately his display was tarnished a little with a one or two suspect plays dealing with opposition kicks. Much unlike him – probably scared the floodlights would come down.
Right Wing: Matty Dawson – After a nervous showing at St Helens in pre-season, Matty was much better on his competitive debut. There was a lack of communication with the fullback for one high kick but other than that he was faultless. Ran the ball strongly and showed neat awareness to stay onside to score his try.
Right Centre: Carlos Tuimavave – Undervalued member of the squad who is excellent in bringing the ball out. As a side we need to create more time and space for him to exploit oppositions in attack.
Left Centre: Josh Griffin – Some solid carries and he’s another dependable option when it comes to metre making. Looked to get on the outside of his opposite number but will be disappointed he was beat in the air leading up to Rovers’ winning try.
Left Wing: Bureta Faraimo – The New Zealand-born winger was excellent. He ran the ball superbly, skittling players left, right, and centre. Took his try well.
Half Back: Danny Washbrook – The presidential veteran was asked to do a job in a less than desired position. Assisted two tries and defended well but let’s hope we don’t see him in this role again this year. Roll on Jake Connor’s return.
Half Back: Marc Sneyd – Good to see him back out there after injury troubles. Sneyd put in some tormenting kicks, earned Hull repeat sets, and produced a sublime pass for Faraimo’s try. His missed goals though proved crucial.
Prop: Scott Taylor – Opening stint was very good. Hull were on top for the first quarter until Mitch Garbutt came on. If any Dobin was going to get the Man of Match award, it should have been him.
Hooker: Danny Houghton – Wasn’t on his own in giving away a couple of needless penalties. The veteran hooker played the full match, going into a ball handling roll when Jez Litten came on.
Prop: Masimbaashe Matongo – Mixed it with Rovers’ starting pack and put a couple of shots on too. His first stint was excellent, his second was good too, just not as dominant as the first.
Back Row: Sika Manu – Showed his power scoring the first try of the match but struggled as the game went on. Not a cause for concern though as he’s still playing catch up compared to others who returned for pre-season earlier.
Back Row: Mark Minichiello – Didn’t cause the opposition many problems at all. Time will tell on whether he’s played one year too many but to make that conclusive now would be harsh. Got to manage him right.
Loose Man: Dean Hadley – Energetic and workmanlike as always. Whilst producing nothing spectacular, Hadley was dependable all night. Looked to move the ball to his halves on the edges too which was pleasing.
Prop: Mickey Paea – Offered the side nothing when he came on. Surely he knows he must do better than that.
Prop: Jordan Thompson – Tried his hardest to bend the line and almost did. Did a lot more than Paea but that’s not saying much, sadly.
Back Row: Jordan Lane – Only had one short stint but during his time on the field he was solid. Ran a couple of strong lines and defended well. There’s a proper baller here, one of our old Hull FC Academies proper gems.
Hooker: Jez Litten – Added an injection of both energy and urgency to Hull FC’s attack. It won’t be long, say two seasons max, before he’s the number one hooker at the club.