Super 8s Player Reviews: Warrington vs Hull FC

Hull FC were embarrassed in record fashion as Warrington rampaged to a 80-10 Super 8s victory on Thursday night.

Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.

Starting XIII:

Jamie Shaul – One of few who you could actually say put some effort in. Decent tackle to put Charnley into touch in the first half but came up with a basic error involving Talanoa and failed to stop the Warrington onslaught. Question marks remain on his attacking ability as a pivot player.

Bureta Faraimo – Find it absolutely baffling that so many fans selected Faraimo in their top three for Supporters Player of the Year. I must watch a different game. He’s powerful, makes metres, and he scores a lot of tries but his defence is absolutely woeful. Seen under-8s with better positional awareness.

Josh Grffin – Grif was absolutely outstanding before his knee injury earlier this season but he’s been off the pace since his return. Poor at Warrington, despite getting over for a second half try.

Carlos Tuimavave – One of the most devastating line runners in the competition yet the only time he gets his hands on the ball is from scooting in exit sets. It’s criminal really. Another playing through the pain barrier.

Fetuli Talanoa – Got a first try since his comeback but came up with a few errors too. A shame, as he was the form winger in the comp before his injury.

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Jordan Abdull – Rather have Paula Abdull. Jordan is so far off the pace at the moment. Looks like he should be playing for Hull Dockers.

Liam Harris – Warrington peppered Harris in defence and the little half back had no answer. It was a nightmare for him but he’s never short on enthusiasm. That’s a good sign.

Scott Taylor – Deep down he must be thinking “what’s the point”. Carried the pack this year.

Danny Houghton – Not himself at the minute and he will know that more than anyone. Tough to play off a beaten set of forwards.

Mickey Paea – Needs some bastard in him. He’s a really nice guy, and it shows on the pitch. Few decent leg drives but we need more from a quota player. Hopefully his second season will be much better.

Danny Washbrook – Completely anonymous all game. The step inside just doesn’t work.

Dean Hadley – Pitiful attempt to stop Jack Hughes scoring but Hadley was much better once he moved into the middle.

Sika Manu – So out of form it’s scary. A complete shadow of the player we’ve come accustomed to.

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From the Bench: 

Masimbaashe Matongo – There’s hope that Masi and many of the young players will learn from this season, and use it so aid their development. Another tough night for the 22-year-old.

Lewis Bienek – Was brought off quickly after coming on for his first stint. Not having much of an impact so far.

Jordan Lane – Ineffective. There was nothing in attack for a young back rower to feed off and defensively the full team were hopeless.

Jez Litten – The best until last. Jez provided the only spark when he came on. He’s got a massive future in the game. Let’s hope he lives up to his potential.

Issue 60

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