Hull FC face London this Sunday at Brantingham Park for their second friendly of 2020, with more senior players included.
They’ll be first glimpses this year of Jamie Shaul, Bureta Faraimo, Carlos Tuimavave, Marc Sneyd, Chris Satae, Ligi Sao and Mahe Fonua, with more younger players also given a chance to shine.
It’ll be another good test for Hull FC against a side aiming to bounce straight back up after relegation to the Championship. Sure it’s all about match fitness and that, but you’d imagine Lee Radford will be hoping for his side to be a bit more crisp with the ball than at Halifax last week, with places up for grabs ahead of the Super League opener.
Defensively a predominately inexperienced side showed some bottle against a tough physical team, but with the ball there was definitely room for improvement, something Radford pointed out. It’s a friendly, but a high completion rate would be great to see at this stage of the year.
Chris Satae, Ligi Sao and Mahe Fonua will all get run outs against London. We saw a bit of Satae in those final four games last year, but we don’t profess to know much about Sao. Looking forward to seeing him, but buzzing about Fonua’s return. The beast with the golden teeth is what gets bums on seats. He’s such an entertaining player to watch but he is another coming back from a lengthy injury. Remember that.
Arguably the most important thing of pre-season is getting minutes into those that need them most and Savelio falls right into that category. He showed some nice touches at Halifax last week, having a stint each in the back row and middle. It’s that versatility as a forward that could give him a place on the bus to Headingley. That and quality, seeing him poke his nose through again and running some decent lines. There’s a lot of quality in Savelio but he desperately needs some continuity in games now.
Some of the youth really impressed last week. Brad Fash and Jack Brown were good, as were Charlie Patterson-Lund and Jack Sanderson. The latter two were making their first appearances after lengthy injuries too and they’ll want to kick on here. Jacob Hookem and Ben McNamara are selected again after cameos, with Elliot Windley also brought in this week. It’s the likes of Masimbaashe Matongo, Jordan Lane, Kieran Buchanan, Joe Cator though where we really want to see some quality, and playing alongside some of the clubs senior players we should get it. It’s an opportunity for them. Hopefully they’ll take it.
Hull Squad: 1. Jamie Shaul, 2 Bureta Faraimo, 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 4. Josh Griffin, 7. Marc Sneyd, 10. Chris Satae, 13. Ligi Sao, 14. Albert Kelly, 15. Joe Cator, 17. Matty Dawson-Jones, 19. Masimbaashe Matongo, 20. Brad Fash, 21. Jordan Lane, 23. Andre Savelio, 24. Mahe Fonua, 26. Kieran Buchanan, 30. Jack Brown, 33. Ratu Naulago, Jack Sanderson, Charlie Patterson-Lund, Eldon Myers, Ben McNamara, Elliot Windley, Jacob Hookem.
Hull FC vs London, Sunday 12th January, Brantingham Park, kick off 2pm, tickets on the gate.