Talking Points: Hull FC Reserves defeat Wakefield

Hull FC Reserves comfortably beat Wakefield 48-16 on Wednesday night, with Cameron Scott and in particular Jez Litten impressing.

Here’s what we took from the game.

Litten the star man 

Jez Litten was outstanding for Hull FC Reserves. It was his first appearance since Easter Monday and coming after both injury and a family bereavement, it was a fair effort.

The young hooker will be expected to dominant every game he plays at this level, and he did just that. His energy levels were superb and his running game benefited from such effort. Jez is rapid, he’s so quick out the blocks and his scoots tore the Wakefield side apart.

This is nothing we haven’t seen in his Super League career to date either. It’s all about patience. Danny Houghton is the main man right now, but this kid has a massive future at our club. He just needs to keep developing, learn his craft, and most importantly, take his opportunities.

Cam Scott excels

Cameron Scott also played his first game since his last first team appearance on Easter Monday. The centre found life tough against St Helens coming up against Kevin Naiqama, and then to compound that he went off with concussion. Having already had a back problem this season, that was frustrating.

At Wakefield though Cam was flying. He showed some frightening speed to score his tries and was solid throughout. Despite a tough game on Merseyside, he’s previously  showed promise in the first team, what he needs now is a consistent run of games, something the current reserve grade doesn’t allow for.

New beginnings

As UTC told you after the Halifax game earlier this year, Reserves will be compulsory for all clubs in 2020, meaning a full-blooded comp should occur. This is crucial to the development of young players, fringe players, late bloomers, or those out of form or returning from injury. Hull FC have already seen benefits from the concept giving game time to Ratu Naulago, Gareth Ellis and Josh Bowden to name a few. It’s a complete no-brainer.

With a proper league comes continuity of fixtures, but it also gives players something to play for. There’s nothing like competing and the knowledge of a league format would spur players on for sure, and even create some pressure environments, which can be great for development. It’s an exciting time for reserve rugby league – hopefully those who call the shots at Super League won’t bottle it.

The new McNamara

Many Hull FC fans will remember Steve McNamara playing for the club in the 90s, and many would have been happy to see him lift the Challenge Cup as Catalans coach in 2018. There’s a new generation coming through now though, as Steve’s 17-year-old son played his first game for our Reserves side.

Ben McNamara, a half back, did himself proud at Wakefield. The left edge where he was deployed saw a lot of ball all game and the teenager got himself a fine second half try. We’ll watch his progress with interest.

Academy players

The City of Hull Academy will be no more once this season is done, with the controversial set up disbanding and going back to Hull and Rovers Academies in 2020.

Thats exactly what 99.9% of Hull FC fans wanted, our own academy and our own identity. These kids will be playing next year in our environment, under our structures, and most importantly, in a Black and White playing kit.

A lot of ring-fenced Hull FC lads got an opportunity at Wakefield, and whilst this was the first time we’ve seen some of them, they impressed. It’s a team game after all, and all 16 blokes played a part, some of which were players from the amateur game. Jack Brown also made his return from injury too – yano that prop deemed too small by England who scored on his Super League debut.

Hopefully we’ll get to see them develop whilst playing for our club next year and beyond.

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