‘Old Faithful, you’ll never win in Australia’, an obsession coming to a ground near you, as Hull FC tasted a first Super League defeat of 2018.
The Black and Whites had a tough night in the Wollongong heat, going down to Wigan by 24 points to 10.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Jamie Shaul – A try-assist was the baby faced assassins main highlight. Selfless play, as he probably could and should have gone over himself. Tried hard and ran the ball back well.
Bureta Faraimo – Smashed and taken off after three minutes. The poor lad didn’t know what planet he was on, never mind carry on with a rugby league match. Huge loss, made evident by the lack of options on the interchange after.
Jake Connor – Had to play on the wing after Faraimo’s injury and tried his best to make the best of the situation. Mouthed off to nearly everyone on the Wigan team, in particular Tony Clubb. Mad case this fella. Wouldn’t change it though. Exactly what every side needs. A wind up merchant.
Josh Griffin – Certain flashbacks always come to mind when Griffin breaks down the left edge. Can’t quite put my finger on the game in question though. Another solid display from a player constantly improving in an FC shirt.
Fetuli Talanoa – His airborne finish was out of the top draw. Still trying to work out how these wingers do it. Incredible athleticism.
Albert Kelly – Hull didn’t have much shape about them, so it was difficult for the half backs to create anything. Kelly ran the ball well though, and broke the line a couple of times.
Marc Sneyd – Like his partner in crime found it difficult to create anything. Someone pass him the Factor 50.
Scott Taylor – Came out and said the contest was “one of the toughest of his career” post-match. Not sure if that’s down to Wigan’s physicality or the fact he’s a ginger ninja playing in the Aussie summer heat. Probably the latter, to be honest.
Danny Houghton – Limped off with a calf injury mid-way through the first half. Gutting. Different leg to last year though, so it shouldn’t bring back any of last year’s complications.
Mickey Paea – Leg drive got going but still a couple of errors in his game. Not played much footy over the past two years and probably needs a bit of time to settle in again.
Sika Manu – When you think you’ve grown out of having heroes, and then up pops Sika Manu. He’s just sensational isn’t he. Sheer class. Hard bastard that takes no nonsense and gets the job done. His work rate was incredible, and the quality of it even more so.
Mark Minichiello – Like his fellow back rower some big carries and even more commendable when you consider the knock he took. Came back on like a trooper. I guess that’s the benefits of binging on spinach every week.
Josh Bowden – Tough night for the middles having to do extra mileage. Like many of his team-mates found it hard to make an impact against a good Wigan team.
From the interchange:
Liam Watts – Every Hull fan will be hoping that his hamstring injury isn’t anything too serious. Big Jud is up there with our most important players, and we need him out on that field.
Dean Hadley – President of Grafters United. Always get through a tun of work. Good stint at hooker under the circumstances and his awareness to make metres from dummy half was impressive.
Jordan Abdull – First try back in FC colours and looked to get the ball moving whenever possible.
Danny Washbrook – Brought on at centre to cover injuries. Tried his best in a less desired position.