Hull FC made it through to the Challenge Cup quarter-finals with a bad tempered 38-20 win at Featherstone.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Jamie Shaul – Action packed game for the baby faced assassin. Scored a run-away try, was taken out off the ball in a real Bobby Bouche incident, and sin binned late on. His female fan club really is blossoming.
Bureta Faraimo – Like the guy and think he’s got a big future at the club, but it would be nice if he could get a real run of games together. Likely to be suspended now after silly red card. Did score another two tries on the night and showed some gas for his second. Not blistering, but no snail either. Bigger guns than Captain Insano.
Josh Griffin – His metre making abilities really are extraordinary. At fault with a miss for Fev’s first try but more than made up for it with another strong display. Right sort isn’t he standing up to the thug Gaz Hock. Lad.
Dean Hadley – Left edge exposed at times and with a forward in the centre that’s no surprise. Played out of position but just got on with proceedings as usual. Mr Dependable.
Fetuli Talanoa – Solid if not spectacular display from Tuli before an ankle injury ended his evening. Fingers crossed it’s nothing serious.
Carlos Tuimavave – Another player who went off with an ankle injury. Hopefully the medical team can work wonders this week. Get the L**ds lot in, they perform miracles with broken ankles..
Jake Connor – The Snake was outstanding as the more dominant half back. He was class. Unplayable at times. Scored twice and a had a key hand in others, whilst dictating general play, passing to effect and winding the opposition up. No wonder us Hull fans love him.
Chris Green – Given a starting nod in place of Scott Taylor and fronted up well. Been impressed with Green all season. Looked strong whenever he’s played.
Danny Houghton – Got Hull going forward as usual with some handy distribution from dummy half. Never ever ever ever lets you down.
Josh Bowden – Left the field with what could be a serious knee injury. Fingers crossed but not anticipating much luck here.
Sika Manu – The mister. Don’t see the Featherstone grubs starting on Sika do you. Potent display full of strong running. Aggressive and gave it back to the tin pots late on.
Mark Minichiello – Effort and energy was there, and he played a lot of minutes, but he dropped the ball a few times. Frustrating.
Joe Westerman – Outstanding display again on first start since coming back to the club. Proper loose man isn’t he. Played the full eighty and was a class act throughout. Signing is another master-stroke by Radders, but he should never have left the club in the first place.
Five Things: Job done, Connor stars again, Westy class, biff and injuries – What we learned from win at Fev
From the Interchange:
Jez Litten – Had to come on in the halves following Tuimavave’s injury. Probably played more minutes than planned but that’s a good thing. Experience is what the kid needs. Copped everything the grubs gave him and still kept going.
Masimbaashe Matongo – Looking the part isn’t he at the grand old age of 21. Really impressed. Powerful carries and was a hard piece of work for Featherstone to deal with. Couldn’t bully him, so went for the little lads instead. Standard.
Danny Washbrook – The presidential sort had to play in the centre after a second half reshuffle and whilst it’s not his most favoured position, he did a job. Ludicrously sin binned late on.
Jordan Lane – Another youngster who didn’t back down. Big fan of Laney who’s got a massive future ahead of him.
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