Hull FC lost for the first time this year on Thursday night, as Wigan edged them 16-14 in a tough battle at the DW Stadium.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Fullback: Jake Connor – In the thick of the action as always. The good? That pass to Swift. The bad? That push on Jackson Hastings to gave Wigan the penalty that ended up separating the two sides. This is Jake the Snake. Take the rough with the smooth.
Right Wing: Mahe Fonua – Moments of chaos, moments of brilliance. Every game. A first half error proved crucial as Wigan scored their opener, but Fonua redeemed himself with a superb leap to take a Sneyd kick for a terrific try. Ran hard too making 125 metres.
Right Centre: Carlos Tuimavave – Defensively he was excellent and as is the norm his ability to bring the ball out is unrivalled. Took off late on after getting poked in the eye.
Left Centre: Josh Griffin – Great effort again. Hull’s highest metre maker on the night with 142. Water is wet, the Sky is blue…
Left Wing: Adam Swift – Took his chance this year and not looked back. Superb finish to his try. Dealt with all high bombs but did get caught out along with Cam Scott for Jake Bibby’s try.
Half Back: Ben McNamara – Never fazed by a tough Wigan side and ran the ball in well. He looks more promising by the week.
Half Back: Marc Sneyd – A vintage Marc Sneyd performance. It wasn’t perfect, but his kicking game asked some questions of Wigan all night and he took the line on well.
Prop: Scott Taylor – Looked well up for this and was going well until a foot injury brought him off after twenty minutes. Left on crutches and it doesn’t look good.
Hooker: Danny Houghton – A lot better this year. Injects energy into the side and it’s noticeable when he’s not on the field.
Prop: Ligi Sao – Solid in the middle of the park against a bloody tough side. He’s going to have to step up next week with both Taylor and Bowden out.
Right Back Row: Andre Savelio – Finally getting a healthy run in the team and by god is he showing his quality now. A superb player who showed his maturity to keep performing after making a racism allegation on Tony Clubb in the first half.
Left Back Row: Jordan Lane – He’s fast becoming one of the most reliable players in the Hull side. Absolutely solid both with and without the ball. Up the Lane Train.
Loose Forward: Joe Cator – Incredible. Just incredible. 61 tackles against a side like that and never took a backwards step either. What a player.
Prop: Chris Satae – The big fella has been immense this season and this was another bone rattling display off the bench. Ran strong and defended well too. Never too old to have favourites, are you?
Prop: Brad Fash – The challenge this year was to kick on and reach the next level. Fash has certainly done that so far. Great dig yet again.
Hooker: Jordan Johnstone – Hull looked miles better with Houghton on the pitch. Johnstone needs to offer more, but he knows that and like the squad he’ll keep striving to improve.
Centre: Cameron Scott – Brought on in the second half and couldn’t make any dents in the Wigan line.