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Jansin Turgut had a welcome return. Image: Hull Daily Mail

It’s ten Super League defeats now for Hull FC, who suffered a 18-34 loss to St Helens on Friday night in a further dent to our top four hopes.

Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.

Starting XIII: 

Hakim Miloudi – The Frenchie raises an eyebrow every-time he gets the ball. Some good stuff but also some mind-boggling stuff. Needs to cut out these daft errors but seeing as he actually went home all the way to France when Radders said go home that might take a while. Want to see him running down the wing for me again.

Bureta Faraimo – Said to be patient with him and now you can see why. He’s not perfect in defence but with the ball he’s devastating at this level. Scoring tries for fun and making metres just as easily. Got his head in check now, literally.

Jake Connor – Injury cut short his night but before that he had already produced one or two moments of genuine class. Hull are going to miss him. Some Saints ‘fans’ actually cheered his need for a stretcher. Bellends.

Carlos Tuimavave – Admitted what we already knew earlier this week, and that’s that he’s playing busted. Then again who isn’t in this Hull FC squad right now? Solid effort from the silky centre. Shaun Wane will love his choice of vocabulary.

Jack Logan – Few errors occurred again but he’s not on his own. Seems to be a scapegoat for some. Wish he’d get a run in his preferred centre position.

Albert Kelly – One try and three assists. Had a hand in all Hull’s points. Whilst some of the sides play was dumb, everything the Aussie produced was class. Second season syndrome and all that.

Jordan Abdull – Relieved a lot of pressure off Kelly on his return to the side. Ballsy effort considering he wasn’t supposed to be back from a broken leg yet. High kicks asked some questions, but there was a lack of a short kicking game from Hull’s pivots again.

Scott Taylor – Spelled a bit more than in recent weeks but fronted up well as usual. Tag is up there with our best this year. Can sing Penny Arcade to perfection too. Sort.

Danny Houghton – Negative kicks in attack were disappointing and it’s maybe harsh to point it out but we were 18-10 up at the time and it seemed a dumb play. He usually manages games superbly but we needed to keep the pressure on. Came up with usual freakish defensive effort and you can’t fault his scoots from dummy half. Still the King of Hull.

Chris Green – Not on the pitch enough to cause an impact. Will be frustrated with that. Massive opportunity for Green whilst Bowden is out injured to make a claim for a permanent starting spot next year.

Jansin Turgut – Few defensive hiccups but that’s not to his detriment with the right edge reshuffle. Came up with some good lines, kicks and he’s not scared to pass either. I like Turgut and that was a welcome return to the side.

Mark Minichiello – Hate to say it but he’s been under par for most of this year for me. Last week at Huddersfield he was very solid. Against St Helens distinctively average. You know what they say about opinions though.

Dean Hadley – Really solid as usual but we need more than solid in the loose man role. Think Hadley’s long-term future is at 11 where Hull can exploit his line running.  Can’t wait for Westerman’s return.

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From the Interchange: 

Mickey Paea – A few big leg drives that got the crowd going. I’ve been a bit critical of Mickey recently but that was much better.

Masimbaashe Matongo – Again another prop that had much more impact than in recent weeks. That was his best display for quite a while. Played Masi.

Jack Downs – Brought something to Hull’s right edge. Doesn’t seem to have many admirers but he’s dependable. Soon to be 23-years-old and out of contract at the end of the year he needs to have a huge influence when he comes on. He’s done okay for me this year.

Jordan Lane – Never would envisioned Lane playing ten games this year. Brought on the left edge late on and tried his best. Slightly younger at 20-years-old this season is all about experience for the back rower.

Issue 58

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