Hull FC edged past Huddersfield 18-16 on Tuesday night despite bossing the game in terms of territory and possession.
Here are Up the Cream’s individual player reviews.
Full Back: Jamie Shaul – Our number one in broken field at least was once again exceptional making 180 metres mostly from kick returns. However he needs to join the line to better effect. Far too often he closed down the space for the centre and winger therefore stifling the attack. It’s just not natural to him.
Right Wing: Ratu Naulago – The Fijian Flyer didn’t look 100% fit, but he still finished his try very well and contributed to a good all round performance from our backs.
Right Centre: Carlos Tuimavave – Carried the ball strongly as always making 196 metres. He is the most underrated player in Super League. Different class.
Left Centre: Mahe Fonua – Better. Still looks off the pace but then shuts us all up with a well taken try. Error free too which was pleasing and contributed to a hefty metre total.
Left Wing: Bureta Faraimo – A first try of the season for the winger. Long overdue, but it’s not his fault, with better organisation and execution elsewhere he’d score bucket loads. Also caught the high ball all night and continues to return the ball with strength.
Half Back: Jake Connor – Not a six, he should be this he should be that, you know the drill, but Jake is a class act. He produced some great passes and got the ball moving.
Half Back: Marc Sneyd – Racked up his 150th appearance for the club with the winning penalty goal, moving further up the all-time Hull FC lists for both goals and points. His pass selection was very good too and had a couple of others been on the same wavelength Hull would not have two tries ruled out for obstruction.
Prop: Josh Bowden – Hull’s middle was dominant early on and Huddersfield didn’t get a sniff. Bowden played a part in that but soon left the field not to return. A shame.
Hooker: Jordan Johnstone – The Cumbrian puts in a right shift every week. He gave everything for the team and was seen in several good things that Hull did.
Prop: Ligi Sao – Dominant in his first stint which coincided with Hull bossing the game on the field if not on the scoresheet.
Back Row: Josh Griffin – It doesn’t seem to matter where you play Griffin he is brilliant every week. He linked up well with Sneyd and his slick hands created tries for both Fonua and Faraimo. It’s his metres and ability to break out of tackles though which are so impressive. Won’t look back on English’s try but all in all another top display.
Back Row: Andre Savelio – Fourth game in a row for the big forward and gee is it showing. He is a class act and when Hull keep him on the field they can only get better. Once again it was a full eighty minute performance, some of his hits were top draw and he ran the ball for 115 metres. Long may it continue.
Loose Forward: Joe Cator – Another immense contribution from the new cult hero. His work rate is ricidolous. Never tires. Tackles his heart out and always available to take the ball up.
Prop: Chris Satae – Made 107 metres off just ten carries and didn’t miss a tackle either. Much better.
Prop: Jack Brown – It’s easy to forget that Jack is only 20 years old as he looks the part. Still developing though and he will make mistakes with a high tackle leading to Sezer’s try.
Prop: Brad Fash – Solid as per. Refreshing to see him have a bigger impact with the ball. Ruffled some feathers.
Hooker: Ben McNamara – A cameo nine minute stint at hooker but another match day experience to aid his development.