Up the Middle #54

Props? Loose Man? It’s all a bit of a myth now isn’t it. They are middles. Middle units in the middle of the park playing Up the Middle.

Every week in this blog we’ll bring you the world of Rugby League as it happens, with the aim of grasping your attention, your bites and your vocal cords – after all that’s what we do best.

W/C 09/07/2018 – Last updated: 10/07

Tuesday – Contract update 

We keep our appearance, try and contract news here, with a realisation that 16 of Hull FC’s players will be out of contract come the end of next year. That’s a lot of paperwork for Gaz to get through.

To view the list, click here

Scott Taylor

Tuesday – New deal for Griffin 

Josh Griffin, the guy who’s MPG exploits remain legendary, has signed a new two-year deal at Hull FC.

That will keep him at the club until the end of 2021, with the centres form nothing short of freakish before a knee injury copped at the Magic Weekend in May ended his run.

To see what Griffin had to say, click here

Tuesday – Radford on Turgut 

Jansin Turgut has almost become the forgotten man at Hull FC. He’s only played three times this season and has been sent out on loan and featured for Doncaster in that time.

The latter is where he’s excelled, with a couple of solid displays putting him in the running for some first team action with the Black and Whites.

“He’s put in two really strong performances for Doncaster and will be in our 19 on Friday with a good opportunity to feature,” Radford told Radio Humberside.

“He is training really well at the moment. It’s about him coming in and doing his job whilst not over complicating things. That has been an issue before.

“His response has been very strong in how he has conducted himself. He has been very professional.”

Jansin Turgut Hull FC

Jansin Turgut and Tyrion Lannister. Which is which? 

Monday – Na na na na na na na 

Joey Westerman. Westerman. Joey Westerman. UTC first told you a couple of weeks ago that Hull FC were looking to tie down the future of Joe Westerman. The loose forward remains sidelined, but it’s expected he will be offered a new deal. He was absolutely outstanding before injuring his knee against Salford.

Joe Westerman

Monday – Barba back 

St Helens were missing Ben Barba, Tommy Makinson and Ryan Morgan for last weeks easy win over Widnes, but all three will likely be back to face Hull FC this week. Standard.

Monday – Marquee signing for Wire 

Warrington have splashed the cash to land Canberra Raiders half back Blake Austin, announcing the signing with a cringy group chat conversation involving the likes of Giraffe Neck and the scrum cap wearing meff Chris Hill. For the record, Austin has been garbage in the NRL this year with the Green Machine dropping him twice already. But then again he can’t be any worse than Tyrone Roberts.

Monday – Crisis at Leeds

Kevin Lovechild has ditched the RFL offices to return to Leeds, with a club statement saying Jimmy Lowes will also be involved. We won’t bore you with the details, but basically Sinfield will be running things and Lowes will take the blame when it goes wrong.

Bet McDermott is pissing himself. Final straw was when an unnamed L**ds player compared him to Sir Gareth Southgate. How dare they.

Gary Garden shed

Monday – Griffin targets return 

Josh Griffin will soon be back tearing up his favourite defence, with the powerful centre setting his sights on the final Hull Derby of the season to return from a troublesome knee injury.

Griffin was making more metres than visits of Hull FC players to the treatment room, in a rich vein of form that saw him arguably the sides best player at the time.

“The Hull Derby is my goal,” Griffin explained. “If not then the first week of the Super 8s – I was supposed to be back week three.

“It’s pretty impressive to be honest. I started running a couple of weeks ago and it’s feeling good now. It’s been a great effort from all of the medical staff.”

Griffin Hull FC

Monday – Got your copy yet? 

With fetaures on Hull FC, Super League, Bureta Faraimo, Albert Kelly and so much more, you can’t really go without your copy of UTC Issue 57, can you?

It’s available to buy online here

Issue 57

Monday – League One Trap Door

Hull FC’s dual reg partners Doncaster suffered defeat at York, with the Knights keeping pressure on leaders Bradford. Young Black and Whites Jack Sanderson, Jez Litten, Jordan Lane, Jansin Turgut and Ross Osborne all played, with Turgut in particular impressing at Bootham Crescent.

Results: Bradford 24 Newcastle 4 | Hemel 16 Keighley 32 | North Wales 14 Whitehaven 22 | Workington 28 Hunslet 18 | York 31 Doncaster 16 | Oldham 102 West Wales 6 | London Skolars 20 Coventry 24

Monday – A look at the Championship 

The face for the top four spots in the Championship is literally fascinating, and these sort of run ins do make you wonder why the hireachy desire to change the format of at least the second division. Only Toronto are dead certs finishing first with the five spots below a lottery. Toulouse are currently second, with Halifax, Featherstone, London and Leigh just behind them. There’s some massive games still to play too. Criminal that none of them will be shown on the box.

Results: Toulouse 20 London 20 | Toronto 62 Sheffield 4  | Halifax 34 Featherstone 20 | Rochdale 28 Swinton 26 | Dewsbury 22 Barrow 20 | Batley 12 Leigh 30

Monday – Super League Round Up

With more turns than Theresa May’s plans for Brexit, Super League continued its unpredictability with another weekend of eye-catching results. It started on a lovely summers night in West Yorkshire, and whilst rhe rest of the country is getting pissed in the sun regards to the England football team, Hull FC broke the mood with a dismal showing in Huddersfield in front of twelve home fans and a cow bell. Seriously who brings a bloody cow bell to a rugby league match? Can’t speck.

Luckily FC’s brief top four hopes were kept alive as Wigan off half Josh Wood kicked a last minute drop-goal to defeat Warrington, with Saints (missing Ben Barba but he still got man of the match) smashing lowly Widnes. Catalans continued their strong recent run with a win at Wakefield, as Sir Kev couldn’t inspire Leeds and Salford forget to bring their limbs with them to Caravan Park.

Results: Huddersfield 29 Hull 18 | Wigan 13 Warrington 12 | St Helens 36 Widnes 6 | Wakefield 18 Catalans 35 | Castleford 42 Leeds 10 | Rovers 52 Salford 22

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Monday – Hull FC Recap

One to forget, so let’s move on sharply yeah? Well after you’ve read UTC’s waffle on our defeat to Huddersfield.

Review: Hull produce shocker in defeat to Huddersfield

Five Things: Minichiello, Miloudi, defence, attack etc etc..

huddersfield hull fc 2018

Monday – Why Up the Middle?

One confused FC Forum listener (yes he was of a red and white persuasion), got a little puzzled to Johnny Compton’s term ‘Middle’ or ‘Middles’ when used in context with Rugby League.

A Middle is your middle unit, which consists of your props, hooker and loose forward. They play through, and defend, in the middle of the field, hence the term middle.

Like counting the number of tries Tom Briscoe scored at Wembley, it’s a pretty simple equation, and considering the East Hull outfits association with the Middle version of the 8s, you would assume they could grasp it.

FC baby laughing at KR baby

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