Challenge Cup Final: Hull FC vs Warrington player reviews

Hull FC overcame Warrington 12-10 in the Challenge Cup final to win at Wembley for the first time in their history.

Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.

Starting XIII:

Jamie Shaul – Put himself into legend status with the match winning try at Wembley. Fully deserved it too. Jamie’s had an outstanding season. Faultless performance yet again.

Steve Michaels – Ever reliable under the high bomb – some great takes under extreme pressure. Carried well with a few half breaks and gave Hull great field position with a mazy run with the winning try coming the play after.

Mahe Fonua – Unplayable at times. His leap for his try was brilliant and did the same again to give Sneyd possession for Shaul’s try. Two huge plays. Also countless insane offloads in a wonderful performance. Few mistakes yes, but he’s a threat every time he touches the ball.

Kirk Yeaman – The first Hull FC player to win two different Challenge Cup winners medals. The veteran centre carried well and was solid in defence. Nothing went through him.

Fetuli Talanoa – Some great yardage in tough situations. Tuli always puts his hand up for hit ups and like Michaels was faultless defensively.

Carlos Tuimavave – Given no room to work in by an impressive Warrington defence. Kicked well on opportunity.

Marc Sneyd – Lance Todd trophy winner. Provided the game changing 40/20 and provided two excellent kicks for both Hull FC tries. Custard pies at the ready.

Scott Taylor – The best day of his life for sure. Taylor led from the front and played huge minutes. Tireless.

Danny Houghton – My Man of the Match, Houghton was on another level. Played the full eighty, scooted well, made half breaks, distributed, tackled in abundance and kicked Hull to victory. Mint was just incredible out there. Modern day Hull FC legend.

Liam Watts – Hull FC’s best forward on the day. Wattsy was everywhere. Tackled with great ferocity, carried just as strongly and had his usual offload game.

Mark Minichiello – Always a threat and broke numerous tackles when powering onto the ball. Great leg drive.

Sika Manu – Couple of penalties given away by Sika but also some pressure reliving carries when Hull needed them the most.

Gareth Ellis – Captain. Leader. Legend.

Interchange:

Chris Green – Hull FC’s most improved player this year, Greeny was the full package. Superb workload and some great drives. Maintains the intensity of the starting middle and that’s all you can ask of an interchange prop.

Josh Bowden – Freakish performance. Bowden was legendary out there. Some huge carries and insane hits – a norm for Josh this year. He’s been such a key part of the side.

Frank Pritchard – Second stint was brilliant. Offloaded at will, carried strongly and got Hull moving. The Tank had his moments and more than made up for that interception pass.

Danny Washbrook – You know you’re doing well at life when you can be a U.S Presidential Candidate and a Challenge Cup winner – great display from Washy. Massive impact from the bench.

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