The alternative Hull FC Player Reviews – Rovers away

Hull FC recorded back to back wins for the first time in Super League this season, thanks to a 30-22 victory in the Hull Derby.

Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.

Starting XIII: 

Jamie Shaul – Much better from Jamie. He was brave in defence and dealt with most of the traffic thrown at him. Very vocal and great support play to score his try. A threat all afternoon. Victim of some top snoop work from his ginger half back too. Taddle tale.

Burrito Fajita – Not on the field long enough to make an impact. Nine minutes before his sending off. Harsh is probably the best way to describe it. Soddin video ref.

Josh Griffin – Why does Griff still have critics? He’s been class for ages now. Great running and a big part of what we do going forward. Always a handful, especially to this lot. No puns intended.

Carlos Tuimavave – The best player on the pitch by a country mile. He wasn’t even in Sky’s four for the Man of the Match. They’re clueless. Carlos was sensational yet again. Tore Rovers’ right edge a new one. I.E.I.

Fetuli Talanoa – It’s amazing what Tuli can achieve when he backs himself. His second try was a walk in, but the first, given the limited space he had to work in, was quite brilliant. Nine tries in eight games for the season now.

Albert Kelly – That pass for Connor’s try was mesmeric. What a ball. Albey’s defensive efforts were massive throughout the game too, and especially as the right edge was stretched following Faraimo’s red card. Had the last laugh didn’t he. On a free. Wheeeeeeeyyy.

Marc Sneyd – Opposition fans are absolutely obsessed with him. It’s quite hilarious really. Sneydy shrugs it all off though. Another majestic kicking display but have a feeling the screaming and hand gestures will get him into trouble with an official soon. Then again Tomkins gets away with it every week. Snitch.

Scott Taylor – Been really impressed with Tag over the past two games. Effort has been huge. He knows he’s got to lead from the front now that Jud has gone, and he’s done just that.

Danny Houghton – Back in the side and his influence was telling from the first minute. Much more direct with him at nine. Also puts local electrical suppliers back in trade with supply of tape for those ears of his.

Mickey Paea – Another player back from injury who had a superb return. Ballsy effort. Welcome back Mickey.

Jordan Lane – Given a Derby nod on just his fourth first grade appearance and never took a backwards step. Highly thought of and in for a big future ahead. Interesting to see mid-week that Faraimo said he’s the player he’s been impressed with the most since joining the club.

Mark Minichiello – That’s a shift and a half from the Italian stallion. Rovers got to grips with him a few times but he kept going with some big carries.

Chris Green – Level of performance since he’s come back into the side has been great. Can tell he’s approaching the peak years of his career as a prop. Lad.

Hull FC Six In A Row

From the interchange: 

Josh Bowden – Really gutsy effort against the old enemy. Massive impact off the bench with some key defensive contributions.

Masimbaashe Matongo – Rise to first team prominence is a great success story for both the player and Lee Radford’s coaching ability. Masi has come on leaps and bounds. Credit to him.

Danny Washbrook – Massively underrated performance. Washy, back in his more favoured back row position, was brilliant. Huge effort from the old timer.

Jake Connor – Goading the Rovers players as he scored a fine second half try. Jake the Snake. One can only love how effectively he gets under the skin of the opposition. Fucking legend.

Issue 51

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  1. Griffin and Shaul – both have attacking flair but serious doubts on defence.
    Watch the game at 14m 25sec the effort by Shaul on Jowitt shows just what issues Shaul has with bigger men. He’s had this since youth as he was a smaller kid and it was hard for him. But just look and you’ll see exactly what I mean. Then look at the Dragon’s tries from last week. See my point ?

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