Super 8s Player Reviews: Hull FC vs Castleford

An improved Hull FC outfit suffered their eighth straight defeat with a 28-8 loss to Castleford on Friday night.

Still doesn’t sound that upbeat does it. Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.

Starting XIII:

Jamie Shaul – Whilst the team’s effort could certainly be questioned at Warrington, Shaul’s could not. We all know certain qualities to the baby-faced assassins game aren’t as good as others, he always gives his all and provided some neat touches again here.

Bureta Faraimo – Two errors hindered his display. Not very effective running the ball either and he certainly isn’t a goal kicker.

Carlos Tuimavave – Great support play to score his try. Work ethic never comes into question. No coincidence the right edge defence was much more solid under the silky centres presence, but it has to be said it was a performance in stark contrast to the one at Warrington last week.

Cameron Scott – The teenager was okay here. He didn’t blow up many trees but he didn’t look out of place either. For someone so raw to Super League, that’s a big compliment.

Fetuli Talanoa – Never shy on taking on a carry but cut inside for James Clare’s try. A common trait with Hull FC wingers.

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Hakim Miloudi – Energy and enthusiasm rubbed off on everyone, including the crowd. Showed some gas to score a long range try and was a constant nuisance all evening. Big fan of our French sort.

Liam Harris – Picked up an injury towards the end of the game, and before then his effort and energy was not in question, but his execution arguably was. Harris is raw though, playing the toughest position for a young player, and this Super League experience will do him the world of good.

Scott Taylor – As we’ve come to expect, Tag was solid. Playing huge minutes too. Deserves an England place.

Danny Houghton – Finished the game as a middle unit of distribution, and did it to effect. Impressive display from Hull FC’s captain. Made sixty tackles which although commendable, is never a beneficial thing to his own attack and energy levels. He’s actually a freak to cope with it all week in week out.

Danny Houghton

Masimbaashe Matongo – Much improved display from Masi. That was his best performance in weeks and that leg drive in particular reminded us all of that raw potential we saw last season.

Danny Washbrook – Much more effective as a ball player than an edge runner, as has been the case throughout his career. Washy played well.

Dean Hadley – Display full of energy and effort. Scenes that he made his way through a full game without getting injured.

Sika Manu – The Tongan’s form hasn’t been great of late but he was much better here. Still unsure on him playing through the middle.

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Interchange:

Brad Fash – Busy when he came onto the field but as expected his impact was minimal against a solid Castleford team.

Lewis Bienek – There’s something to be nurtured in Lewis. He’s a good young prop that will excite fans. Capable of thunderous carries and hits and we saw a couple here.

Jordan Lane – Ran a couple of excellent lines that were well marshalled by a good Cas team. Like Laney. He’s got a future at Hull FC, providing he continues to live up to his potential.

Jez Litten – What can you say that hasn’t already been said? Jez was an absolute livewire at the ruck and Hull improved as soon as he came onto the field. His distribution was good and he caused doubt in the opposition defence. Got to be a regular inclusion now. He’s quality.

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