Hull FC’s winning start to the 2021 season ended with a 14-14 draw against Warrington.
The Wire scored through Jake Mamo on the hooter, with Golden Point failing to separate the two sides on Sunday afternoon.
Here is Up the Cream’s Five Things column.
1. The Lane Train
Returning to the back row after three games in the middle, Jordan Lane was absolutely outstanding against Warrington. He was the best player on the pitch by a distance and you could also present a case that he’s been Hull’s best over the first four games too.
The two line breaks that catalysed Hull’s two tries, first through Jake Connor and then Carlos Tuimavave, were nothing short of sublime, and it’s not like we haven’t seen them before.
It was at Warrington’s ground last season where Lane ran that textbook line to score that belting try against Salford, and that was just the start.
A brilliant homegrown player who’s also holding his own in defence too and just getting better and better.
2. Hull FC’s very own Dr Dre
When Andre Savelio became available back in March 2019, Hull FC wasted no time in snapping him up. It was a steal too, signing from Brisbane after recovering from an ACL injury that ruined his stint in Queensland.
Those injury problems persisted at Hull, but despite the frustrations, there was never any doubt on his talent. Luckily patience paid off and now with an extended run in the team he’s looking the part. Another superb player who like Lane is improving by the week.
Shout out to Joe Cator and Scott Taylor too who put in huge stints as always.
3. Defend at all costs
Despite Warrington posing more of a threat, Hull got themselves into a position to win the game and they should have closed it out. After a huge effort in a war of attrition between two sets of boisterous forwards, it was absolutely gut-wrenching to see the winning run end with Warrington scoring on the final play of normal time, but never-the-less the Hull side can be proud of their defensive efforts.
It’s a game Hull would have rolled over in and lost last year, hands down. Warrington asked more questions than Hull did of them and they had to fight and scramble to keep them out.
The defensive side to Hull’s game was actually really impressive. Once again they showed their resilience under Hodgson and ultimately its that resilience that got them something from the game.
4. More to come in attack
In a tight contest, Hull found opportunities at Warrington’s end of the field tough to come by and when they actually got down there, they didn’t pose enough of a threat.
With chances to post points a rarity, it was frustrating to see the pressure relieved so quickly with numerous forward passes creeping into the game. In fact Hull’s game management was poor in parts and they didn’t really look like scoring until two moments of brilliance from Lane unlocked the Warrington defence.
Credit goes to the Wire there, but despite a strong start to the season we all know Hull aren’t the finished article yet and there’s plenty more to come as the year progresses.
5. Sneyd is human after all
When Marc Sneyd steps up for a drop-goal, you’d bet your house on him landing it. He and his left boot are human though, as he contributed to a total of nine drop-goal misses as the two sides looked to find a winner in what turned out to be a farcical yet still entertaining Golden Point period.
The first miss in normal time would have put Hull seven points up as well. It was a big play, it probably would have secured the home side the win, and it was very uncharacteristic by Sneyd to miss it.
The less said about the attempts in Golden Point the better. Sneyd is usually in his element in these situations, but it wasn’t to be here as the gimmick which has bought Hull ecstasy on its three previous occasions ran for a stalemate.
Another first for Super League then, being the first time the concept has failed to find a winner since it was introduced in 2019. A good old fashioned draw. Meh.