Hull FC recorded their fourth defeat of the 2018 season, following an inadequate display against Salford at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Jamie Shaul – Took a lot of stick on the night and a lot of it is justified. His pivot play is questionable to say the least and we’re fizzling out when he gets the ball on the wedge play. Defensively he didn’t cover himself in glory either. But at the risk of upsetting the FC mafia, there WERE a few decent scoots from Jamie who made some metres and DID look dangerous from the ruck. That’s his strength. He still remains devastating in broken play and is probably the only Hull player that can comfortably go the full 100m, but there are qualities to the full back position currently evading him.
Bureta Faraimo – Didn’t look fully fit for me. Heavy leg strapping and was lethargic with a few kick chases, plus out of position for Johnson’s try. He’s a big strong lad but the only time he’s getting his mitts on the ball is in midfield. Hopefully that will change as he gets some form and a run in the side without someone taking his head off.
Josh Griffin – Made one break in the first half but couldn’t capitalise on it as no support. I like Griffin. He makes some big carries when we need them the most and his metre making qualities after contact are good.
Carlos Tuimavave – No problem at all in making metres, but there was a couple of daft decisions in Salford’s twenty, like running into touch, that prevented some pressure or even points being put on.
Fetuli Talanoa – Had a couple of opportunities to go on the outside and back himself, but he cut in field instead. Error or two creeped into his game too, but otherwise he made his usual yardage. We need some pace.
Jake Connor – Sneyd and Connor as a half back combination doesn’t seem to work. Think back to Connor’s strongest performances in the role and they’re all with Albert Kelly alongside him. Did provide the only moment of quality for Hadley’s try though.
Marc Sneyd – A poor display from our number seven, who offered little with hand or boot. Passes were largely ineffective and his kicking game was poor. He didn’t create anything. Schofield will be buzzing.
Scott Taylor – Tag had a real dig as did most of the middles. They weren’t the problem.
Danny Washbrook – Washy has given his all in a less favoured position. He made 57 tackles from the hooker position and tried his best to get Hull going. But he just doesn’t have the spark that a natural nine brings to the table. Roll on Danny Houghton’s return, or young Jez Litten must be given a go.
Chris Green – Didn’t match last weeks performance at Leeds. A shame, as he was outstanding at Headingley.
Dean Hadley – Huge energy levels. Got through 50+ tackles yet again and carried strongly. Hadley has been our best player this season so far. Great to have him back.
Mark Minichiello – Sideways running is not doing anything for us. Struggling to see what he is offering the side right now.
Jordan Abdull – When we sling the ball about we look decent. Unfortunately though we didn’t do any of that at Salford resulting in Abbo having minimal impact.
From the Interchange:
Josh Bowden – Set the bar high after two fantastic seasons. Struggled to match that level here.
Brad Fash – Just the two carries. Not the biggest stint and if I’m honest I’m not sure why we went with three props on the bench.
Masimbaashe Matongo – Four carries and a crucial penalty given away that let to a Salford first half try. He wasn’t happy about it.
Jordan Lane – Didn’t have the impact he showed at Leeds last week. If he gets another crack, he’ll want to put that right.
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