Hull FC kept up their unbeaten start to the Super League season with a 20-14 win over Wakefield on Friday night.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Full Back: Jake Connor – Defensively sound but after a less influential display in attack, the Snake’s assist for Tuimavave was the decisive play and the right one at that. Good to see him nail it after throwing a costly interception in the first half.
Right Wing: Bureta Faraimo – Carried well as always and strong in defence. Will likely face a ban for a hard tackle on Max Jowitt. Thought a sin bin was harsh when freeze framed down. If we’re going to scrutinise, at least do it viewing at normal pace.
Right Centre: Carlos Tuimavave – One of the best players on the pitch as always. Another 133 metres. It’s just effortless to him. He’s absolutely incredible, getting the match winning try his performance deserved.
Left Centre: Josh Grifffin – Ran hard all game and racked up the metres making 138. The two centres are huge to what Hull do and they make it look so easy.
Left Wing: Adam Swift – Some bright moments from the pacey winger who was always in the thick of the action. Also got his first try of the season leaping high off a Sneyd kick to ground the ball.
Half Back: Ben McNamara – Put Savelio over for the first try with a simple but effective pass. Tidy player. He looks to have a great future ahead of him.
Half Back: Marc Sneyd – Fair to say this dead leg is still giving him a bit of bother and explains why he’s been quiet past two games, saying that he put the kick in for Swift and also nailed the crucial touchline conversion after. Banned from drop goal duty though until further notice.
Prop: Scott Taylor – Tag has been immense so far this year. Given a big leadership role as one of the clubs co-captains, it seems to have taken his game up a notch. Just ask Westy.
Hooker – Danny Houghton – After the Warrington heroics (85 tackles is nothing short of incredible), he was spelled with Johnstone coming off the bench. Probably crucial with the two Wigan games coming up.
Prop: Ligi Sao – Welcome return after two weeks out. He wasn’t error free, but he never stopped working in two powerful stints.
Right Back Row: Andre Savelio – Got the ball rolling with the first try in another eighty minute effort. Great to see him speak during the week about how healthy he is after persistent knee problems. Form speaks for itself. Long may it continue.
Left Back Row: Jordan Lane – Solid display from the Lane Train who made some tough carries making 109 metres. He’s come on leaps and bounds.
Loose Forward: Joe Cator – Sensational player that is just getting better and better. A scary thought. His energy levels are phenomenal and he inspires others around him. Future captain. Potential club legend too. He’s that good.
Prop: Chris Satae – The big fella has been outstanding this season. Powered through Wakefield yet also found the floor nearly every time. Can’t emphasise how important that is.
Prop: Josh Bowden – Rugby League is a cruel sport. Bowden has been hitting his straps this year and the last thing he wanted was another injury. Left the field after hyperextending his elbow.
Prop: Brad Fash – Not looked back since coming into the side. He’s been absolutely solid.
Hooker: Jordan Johnstone – Kept things ticking when brought on. Darted out of dummy half to effect.