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Hull FC suffered a 14-10 defeat at the hands of Wigan – ending the Pies’ three match crisis and putting a severe dent in our top four hopes.

Here are Up the Creams individual player reviews.

Starting XIII:

Jamie Shaul – Back in Wollongong, Liam Marshall gassed our fullback twice to score tries, so it was great to see him get one back on the Wigan speedster, with Jamie producing a sublime try saver in the first half. He never returned after the break though due to a foot injury. A shame, as the baby-faced assassin has been superb recently.

Bureta Faraimo – The American / Kiwi island hopping sort is skittling defenders for fun right now. That’s five tries in his last two matches, with a brace added to last weeks hat-trick. He’s unstoppable but he’ll be kicking himself Marshall got his winning try down his edge. Still though 15 tackle busts and 120 metres tell their own story. Superb stuff.

Jake Connor – Produced an insane flick pass for Faraimo’s second try and also a freakish step and break in the first half. When he gets his hands on the ball things happen. Such a class act. Moved to fullback late in the game.

Carlos Tuimavave – Got through a tun of backfield work which goes unnoticed to some. Excellent and tough display.

Hakim Miloudi – Much quieter than in recent weeks. Wigan dealt with him well. Can’t wait to see what he posts on his Insta story after we muller Widnes. Madhouse.

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Albert Kelly – Outstanding performance from the stand off. We’ll say that again. The stand off. He’s a number six and not one to lead the team around the park. Similar to how Richard Horne found it that can be challenging at times. Berated for a few kicks (usually Sneyd’s job) but his running and defensive efforts were nothing short of sublime. All whilst battling through a hamstring injury too. Monumental effort. Someone buy him some nuggets.

Liam Harris – Kelly seemed to get through a mountain of work compared to Harris. Would have been nice to see the young sort have more involvement, starting against Widnes on Friday week. He’s the more natural seven and has a good kicking game. Let’s utilise it.

Scott Taylor – Almost scored in the second half as the rain poured down. Energetic and full-blooded display against a tough Wigan pack.

Danny Houghton – Couple of errors at crucial times cost Hull, particularly to go for a 40/20 early in the count. The kick was well short, and Wigan got their winning try following the given field position.

Chris Green – Greeny was superb at St Helens and good against Salford, but he didn’t have an impact against Wigan and must start to find some consistency in his game.

Jack Downs – Smarty pants gave another decent account of himself on the right edge. Ran some very good lines and almost punched some holes in Wigan’s defence. His conduct is excellent and is a credit to himself, his family and the club.

Mark Minichiello – Let’s accept reality ladies and gents, it’s not the Mark Minichiello we saw in 2015, is it? The old timer needs to be managed and probably shouldn’t be playing the minutes he’s doing, but with the current injury crisis there’s no way around it. Fair play to him for continuously stepping up and giving everything for the FC cause.

Danny Washbrook – Big defensive and in fact all around effort but made minimal impact with ball in hand. Testament to energy levels balancing a career whilst arguing with the misfit that runs North Korea.

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From the Bench: 

Jack Logan – Came on after half time at fullback following Shaul’s injury. Linked into the line well and made some ground but gave away a stupid penalty for Wigan to level the score.

Masimbaashe Matongo – Played 25 times now for the first team and half of those seem to have come against Wigan. They always seem to have the measure of him. Tough evening for Masi.

Brad Fash – When he ran with the ball he was excellent but he only did that seven times. He only made five carries last week too. Those figures need to increase, especially when the size of those guns is allowing him to bust the line. Lad.

Mickey Paea – Hull need to be seeing more from the prop. He won’t be cheap and should be dominating at this level. Steady but nothing remotely spectacular.

Fanzine Issue 56


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