Hull FC put in their best performance of the season to date to beat Wigan 20-10 in the Challenge Cup on Saturday afternoon.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Fullback: Adam Swift – Never fazed stepping in for Jake Connor. Heavily involved, solid, and showed a clean pair of heels to first chase down Manfredi, and then for his try after moving to the left wing late on. Loves a meat pie against Wigan. Probably loves sticking two fingers up to them too.
Right Wing: Mahe Fonua – Much more like his old self. His carries were really strong and he kept driving Wigan back.
Right Centre: Carlos Tuimavave – Everything Carlos does just oozes class every week. He’s just absolutely phenomenal and the fact he’s not spoken about outside of Hull as one of the best centres in this country is just criminal.
Left Centre: Josh Griffin – Took a couple of knocks and failed a second half head injury assessment. Hopefully he’ll be okay for Catalans a week on Monday. Huge to Hull’s go-forward as always.
Left Wing: Cameron Scott – Can’t fault him for Jake Bibby’s try as Hull’s left edge were caught out for the first and final time. The youngster looked assured on his first start of the year.
Half Back: Josh Reynolds – An energetic and intense return for the Grub. Instrumental in everything. Never shuts his gob either. Up there with the Snake for shithousing. It’s beautiful to watch.
Half Back: Marc Sneyd – The Iceman’s kicking game was absolutely outstanding. It was clearly a tactic from Hull to kick early and his left peg kept pinning Wigan back all game. It was his playground at times, and Zak Hardaker’s nightmare.
Prop: Ligi Sao – Even more responsibility placed on his broad shoulders given the missing middles and he didn’t disappoint. Aggressive, solid, and a right handful for Wigan to deal with, but it was his best mate who took the headlines.
Hooker: Danny Houghton – Good awareness to put Satae over for his tries whilst running his blood to water as always. Mint’s defensive effort week in week out is remarkable.
Prop: Chris Satae – The best performance by a Hull FC prop in ages. That was an absolutely magnificent display. Satae created chaos all game. Two tries, numerous strong carries and floor wins. Wigan just couldn’t live with him.
Right Back Row: Andre Savelio – We knew we’d get another measure of Savelio this week and he didn’t disappoint. An absolute class act in every sense of the word.
Left Back Row: Manu Ma’u – A solid return to the side. Rumours he’s already eyeing up the divvy racist for September’s Super League showdown.
Loose Forward: Jordan Lane – Wigan’s young forwards always get hyped up but how about Lane and Cator? Two of the best in the British game and the scary thing? They’re only going to get better and better. Outstanding.
Loose Forward: Joe Cator – Incredible workload with and without the ball every single week. He just doesn’t know any different. What a player.
Prop: Jack Brown – Was rightly put in the sin bin for a dangerous tackle but why wasn’t Sam Powell given the same punishment for a similar offence on Griffin? Brown’s did look worse mind. Minutes are what he needs and he’ll learn from it. Put himself about.
Fullback: Connor Wynne – Dogged. Came on at fullback and didn’t put a foot wrong. Some good threatening carries too as he looked to shimmy his way through.
Middle – Jordan Johnstone – A cameo appearance but carried the ball, defended well, and was error free as Hull closed the game out.