Hull FC suffered a controversial 20-16 defeat at Headingley, as Leeds claimed a familiar home win.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Jamie Shaul – Didn’t do enough to prevent the first two tries but caught some tricky high bombs and returned well. Jamie’s problem remains with what he can offer as a pivot. He’s not as effective as others when coming out the back of the wedge play, although he did put Talanoa over for a second half try.
Jack Logan – Solid on his return, which is all you could have asked for after being out injured for so long. Credit to Jack, who has shown some character to come back from a serious knee injury. There was no moping about. He just got on with it, and he took his opportunity well. Earned himself a decent fishing trip.
Josh Griffin – Impressed me recently has Griff. Doing the tough carries and looking for work. The yardage we’re making off our sets is testament to the backs, and the centre is at the heart of it. Shame he had no support after a particular second half break. Shades of the MPG. Sort.
Carlos Tuimavave – Fresh from arguably his best display for the club last week, Carlos didn’t get as much ball and when he did he was shut down quick. Leeds obviously did their homework. Bastards.
Fetuli Talanoa – Few tackle busts and finished his try well. That part of his game is very under-rated. Some of his try finishing exploits are ridiculous. Pleased to see him get over for his 50th for the club. We love that number, for obvious reasons.
Jake Connor – The snake tried his best to make an impact but was well watched by Leeds. Almost brought a crazy try assist via Lane’s forehead. Scenes if that came off.
Marc Sneyd – Looked miles more dangerous when kicking on the floor then in the air, so why do we see the latter more than the former? Of the three short kicks I can remember from Sneyd one brought a try and two got repeat sets. We need to see this more often. Didn’t know how popular he was with the Leeds fans either. They chanted his name more times than they blew their trumpet. Losers.
Scott Taylor – Is it just me or has Tag changed his running style? It was all crash, bang, wallop in his first year at Hull but now he tries to use his footwork to beat defenders. It’s not necessary a bad thing as his metre making stats are still decent but the difference is notable. Thought his defensive contribution was massive. Huge effort given his recent health circumstances.
Danny Washbrook – Doing his best at nine but he’s no Danny Houghton. We’re missing that spark out of dummy half. But saying that Washy’s effort at nine has been faultless. He’s given everything he’s got. Such a likeable player.
Masimbaashe Matongo – Given a starting spot and didn’t disappoint. Big leg drives and pretty decent in defence. His displays have earned him an England Knights call up and there’s a big future ahead.
Sika Manu – Got sat down by Ryan Hall. I bet he’ll be raging about that. Calf injury cut short his time on the pitch. Hopefully be okay for next week.
Mark Minichiello – Second stint much better than his first stint. Running metres impressive with 121 on the night.
Dean Hadley – Been superb in the first five games. The loan at Wakefield has clearly done him the world of good and now he’s back where he belongs at Hull FC. A right grafter with the right temperament and attitude to go with it.
From the interchange:
Chris Green – Big impact off the bench from Greeny. He looked fresh, broke a few tackles and came up with some decent offloads too. Good to see him back on the field.
Brad Fash – The Pitbull. Never stops grafting does he. A massive effort off the bench against a tough Leeds pack.
Jordan Abdull – Outstanding off the bench. Abbo really gave Leeds something to think about. He forced himself over for a great try and carried strongly. His running game was class, as was his work rate. He ran for 131 metres, missed no tackles, and also allowed the half backs to play wider. Performance a big advocate for the third middle debate – if he has that impact, then the loose forward role or so to speak is his long-term position.
Jordan Lane – What a debut for the lad. Looked every bit the Super League player and actually improved the left edge when he came on. Based on that display, he’s got a huge future in the game, but the challenge is to back it up if selected at Salford next week.
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