Hull FC continued their miserable run with a 26-20 loss to Catalans.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Jamie Shaul – Defensively at fault for both Tony Gigot and Kenny Edwards tries. Also bombed a try in the first half, before getting on the end of a fine team move in the second. Display sums up Shaul’s season really. Rocks and diamonds.
Bureta Faraimo – Schoolboy errors creeping into his game week-in-week out. Gave him the benefit of the doubt after a couple of concessions and suspensions hindered his start at Hull FC, but there’s still convincing to be done. That’s putting it kindly. His defence is questionable, cutting in again as Thornley scored for Catalans.
Carlos Tuimavave – His workload with the ball is outstanding, but those devastating breaks like we saw at Rovers away are few and far between. That probably goes hand in hand with the first choice halves being out.
Josh Griffin – His attempted pass to Shaul after Connor put him away was literally the worst pass attempt ever. It was so bad it was actually funny. Aside from that Griffin took on some tough carries which given the fact he’s not fit is commendable. Great leg drive. In the right place at the right time to score his try.
Fetuli Talanoa – Benefactor of a superb Connor pass to score. That’s what we want to see from our wingers though – walks in. Workload in backfield was decent too.
Hakim Miloudi – Quiet game in the halves and was exposed defensively. His defence seriously needs some work. Like his enthusiasm though.
Jake Connor – Best player on the pitch by a mile. His skill sets were outstanding, assisting both Fash and Talanoa’s tries. He’s not a 7, he’s a maverick, we know that, and when he pops up like that he’s unplayable. England’s calling.
Scott Taylor – Leg drive was the most effective out of any Hull player. He covers every blade of grass, illustrated by his effort and desire to chase down not one but two Catalans breaks.
Danny Houghton – Effective in the ‘middle’ role again. Hull FC actually have a Plan B now. Better from Houghton. He’ll be the first to admit he’s had, compared to his usual high standards, a below par season. Comes with the territory of having no Kelly, Sneyd and a loose man for most of the year.
Masimbaashe Matongo – Helpless to stop Sam Moa scoring but that’s not a detriment, most would be. Masi has improved in the past two weeks and has shown the potential again that excited so many people.
Danny Washbrook – Ineffective with the ball at back rower. The only time he’s looked decent with it this year was when at loose forward. Yano, that position where he’s played most of his career.
Jordan Lane – Sometimes Lane has looked accustomed to Super League and sometimes, whilst not doing anything wrong, he hasn’t. Catalans never had any issues with him.
Dean Hadley – Another day. Another Dean Hadley injury. He has the worst luck in the world.
From the Interchange:
Mickey Paea – Back from injury. Solid with the ball but won’t look at Edwards’ try with any fondness. What was he doing?
Lewis Bienek – Didn’t spend much time on the field at St Helens and that continued here. A result of having three props on the bench?
Jez Litten – Made one or two daft errors in the first half. Still a buzz in attack when he’s on the field though.
Brad Fash – Beneficiary of an outstanding ball from Connor to score his try. Had a Catalans defender tugging at his shirt and did well to stretch out.